This week’s guest blogger is Denise Silva. Denise is Co-President of the Loudoun Photography Club and Vice President of the Expo!
Most of us are weekend shooters. Some of us may not even leave our yards or neighborhoods. Others may venture into Washington DC or to one of the many parks throughout our region. As a result, we are often “shooting” the same or similar subject matter from one weekend to the next. And, frankly, there is nothing wrong with this, because each new day carries with it new light, new weather challenges and new results, but often our images simply don’t feel new to us.
For me, as badly as I may want to go out and spend the day with my camera, I often find that I have already dismissed the day’s results, knowing that I will be seeing the same view, the same monument, or the same type of flower or falls. To overcome the urge to stay in and nap in front of the TV (whichever golf tournament happens to be on), I have come up with ways to challenge myself; changing how I shoot or changing how I post-process my images. My newest loves… Lensbaby and HDR processing. Sometimes separately and sometimes together.
We hear a lot about HDR these days. From NIK Software, to Photomatix, to IPhone capabilities, so today, I want to discuss Lensbaby.
Lensbaby is a creative effects lens that adds varying levels of blur and distortion to an image. The amount of blur or distortion is in the hands of the artist and controlled through both the optics and aperture rings chosen. Lensbaby lends itself to every type of subject matter, from flowers to objects to buildings and structures, to people. The results are only as limited as your imagination. Challenge yourself to see our world through a new lens!
Everyday subjects found throughout our region transformed by Lensbaby. These images were taken with the Lensbaby Composer with the Double Glass Optic. Aperture rings and shutter speed noted below. For more information on Lensbaby, equipment, and examples of the types of images that can be created with their optics, see www.lensbaby.com. For those interested in exploring Lensbaby, Corey Hilz has a great book, titled “Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective” that introduces the optics, the aperture rings, as well as provides wonderful images to inspire you! You can find his book on his website at www.coreyhilz.com/store.html.
Also, this year at the Nature Visions Expo, there will be a workshop on Lensbaby, so stayed tuned for more information!