Playing with (Lens)baby

by Brian Bo July. 09, 2020 154 views

A big part of the joy of Photography for me is play. Like lots of other hobbyists, I think. My "kit" is made up of a mish-mash of things. Much of it used or "not pro." Including my camera. And there is nothing wrong with that.

The money I don't spend there and the various used market places allow me to try things I normally wouldn't. Like a Lensbaby Sol 45. It's fun to use. But can be a bit frustrating at first. It has a fixed aperture. So hello manual mode. It's also manual focus. Diopter adjustment anyone? And as I discovered it works best if I under-expose a half-stop up close. And a full-stop on a far shot. On a partly cloudy day or in shade anyway. I suspect I will need to adjust that in bright light.

These are some more successful shots. The first two are more heavily processed because that was the look I had in mind when I shot them. The others got more of a darkroom treatment with basic adjustments.

Have you tried or do you used creative lenses? What has been your experience? Do you prefer "in-the-box" or "out-of-box" creativity. Or a mix of both?

This is on an outdoor ice chest.

This is on an outdoor ice chest.

The top of the same ice chest.

The top of the same ice chest.

My wife's Pentunias

My wife's Pentunias

Neighbor's Tiger Lily's feeling the heat and humidity this week

Neighbor's Tiger Lily's feeling the heat and humidity this week

Contractor's Tractor at the neighbor's house

Contractor's Tractor at the neighbor's house

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John D 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I especially like #2

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Brian Bo Replied to John D 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! smile

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Berckmans Peter 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Many of my gear is also second hand. Specially love to use vintage lenses , those you can pick up very cheap. I find with every gear you have you can make a good photo. Many now are going back analog what is great. Very nice set with the lensbaby. And yes the diopter adjustment can be hell when wearing glasses. Luckely I have some build in manual focus assist in my camera. When using my analog cameras the problem is less with the splitscreen.

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Brian Bo Replied to Berckmans Peter 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, it seems like what happened with music.  Everyone wanted pure digital sound. Now they want that analog warmth (noise) back. Kinda like adding grain and less pure colors to digital. I like it.  I still have my older analog cameras and lenses. I also pick up random things at thrift stores and garage sales. So much of that was built to last and can, like you said, make good pictures.  I need to make more time to enjoy it.  

Thanks for the kind words about my images and the comment. I visited your page earlier and will be back to explore it more over the weekend.  Lot's of friendly, talented and passionate people here.  It's a shame I didn't find Photoblog sooner.

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Brian Bo 6 months, 2 weeks ago

We have photographers of all levels and skills here. I like the respons we get here, not found somewhere else. Glad you joined in

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Jay Boggess 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice series! Unless you're trying to make a living with a camera, for me, It's all about play & experimentation, with little or no regard for marketability or popularity, but just satisfying my own curiosity.....
+1 smile +1


ps..thanks for"liking" my Local Prowler image and also for "following" my blog!

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Brian Bo Replied to Jay Boggess 6 months, 2 weeks ago

You bet,  I know we have some around here. But I don't see them.  The squirrels will pose for me occasionally though smile

Thank you for liking this series. I think if I were trying to make a living with my camera, I would probably take fewer chances too.  I would also filter what I share on line more.

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Brian Bo 6 months, 2 weeks ago

My pleasure, Brian!
I know what you mean, about the concerns you would have, if you were to be trying to make a living with photography! I'm sure I would too!
Cheers!

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Benny Law 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I always take pictures without any in-camera effects. I rely on editing software to give me any special effects I desire. Adding effects is easy, but removing them to restore the original data is impossible. That's my rationale.

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Brian Bo Replied to Benny Law 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the reply.  That's a great point.

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