Posted on March 31, 2017
This month I am going to do something slightly different. As some of you know I am totally into the Lensbaby products and have really enjoyed playing with them. In November 2015 a fellow photographer was selling her Lensbaby Composer Pro with the Sweet 35 optic. I had been watching her posts and loving what she was getting with this sweet lens. So when she said she was selling it, I jumped at the offer. I loved the effects of the Sweet 35.
I loved the effect of the soft focus, but this has taken a while for me to get used to, I felt like it was a little too soft.
Then the Twist came out. I could not afford the fixed Twist lens so I opted to purchase the twist optic. It still gives a great effect. What the twist does is twist the background of your image keeping the focal point in focus. I have the composer pro so that means that my focal point can shift from the center. In this case it shifted to the side. I found that it did not do a great twist in my office so I took them outside to get the full effect.
I saw that a friend was selling her Composer Pro with a Sweet 50 optic and I decided to get that for Amy for Christmas. After playing with the optic for a while, I was tempted to keep the sweet 50 but what did I give up. Ugh!!. Since I do not have it here I could not take a photo of the lilies.
Then I really liked the effects of the double glass so I went searching for the optic and managed to find it on EBay. Well that came with another Composer Lens. So I figured, well you could not have too many housing units and for the price I was getting the optic I wanted. So that was a new addition to my Lensbaby family.
Usable with the Double Glass optic is the macro lens +4 and +10
For the sake of this blog and meeting my deadline, I was okay with these macro’s but I do need more practice. This was the first time I have ever used them.
The most recent additions came about because I had spotted some work done with a pinhole zone plate and began the search for this optic. Ironically, after scouring through EBay, I found some refurished optics on Lensbaby itself, for a minimal price. They had 3 different optics – the Pinhole Zoneplate, the Plastic, and the Single Glass optic, so I got them all.
I do not have the Sweet 50 (although I loved using the one I gave to Amy). I do not have the Edge 50 or 80. One of the edges is on my bucket list when funds free up. I have had a lot of fun trying out the new lens this past week to give you some idea of the effects you can get with the Lensbaby Composer or Composer Pro and the various optics and macro lens.
If you are thinking about one, know that they are fun, but remember that it takes practice. They are manual lens and that means you may not get it right more times than you do. But when you get it right you will love it. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about these lens to take the plunge – they are a lot of fun.
Thank you for joining me for this month’s Tell me a Story. This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my fellow blogger LUPJi Photography | North Virginia Event Photographer and see what he have for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.
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Posted on March 27, 2017
This month I got to spend 2 days traveling to and from and 3 days in Columbus, Georgia on a staff conference. We were up there two years ago and it was a great conference to attend and I was glad to go again. The difference this year was that more of us went and so I drove my car up as well.
Like the last time I wanted to get to the Riverwalk. Columbus has a 15 mile river walk that spans the Chattanooga River. Last time we were there we went on this wild ride, to find it, crossing into the next state. However, this time we went straight down the main road and it was there at the bottom of the road.
So off we went to the Riverwalk. It was chilly outside and my collegues were not walking down the steps to the waters edge. While they stood huddled at the top, I went down and sat down on the amphitheater steps, to take some photo’s. Mind you, I was hesitant how I was actually going to get down those steps without doing major injury to myself. Fortunately there was a fencing system I could hold onto to step down. The steps were higher than my foot to knee, and it was not a natural step down. I had these wonderful ideas before going up there that I would stagger staff on the steps and get a photo looking up. That sure was not happening. However, it became apparent that the staff at the top of the hill were cold and wanted to go shopping. So I quickly took my images and went back up. Here is the first part of my river walk trip.
Since I was one of the designated drivers, I needed to take everyone in my car to the shops. Driving over I realized that there was on perk to being a designated driver. I decided that I would drop them off at the shops and head back to the river. I am really not one to meander through shops knowing I am not going to buy anything. I would much rather be out taking photos. So I arranged the pick up time and headed back down to the river. By accident I took a wrong turning and this time arrived at the opposite side of the river and an area that I had photographed previously. It was here that I had 3 interesting conversations. The first with a young woman exercising on the walkway bench, then with a woman dancing in the walkway. She had purple hair and big purple earings. Lastly I spoke with a young homeless, drunk man, about an owl and an eagle that he saw in the trees the previous evening. Running out of time I declined to walk under the bridge as I was not sure what my next encounter may be. So it was turn around time to go and pick up the ladies from their shopping meander.
Columbus is pretty dead in winter but as spring comes I can only imagine what all the cherry blossom filled trees would look like. There are hundreds of them about the city. Thanks for joining me from my wintery walk along Columbus’s famous Riverwalk.
And thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 Minutes in Life. This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my friend and fellow blogger Stacey Markel Photography | MD Photographer and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.
30 Minutes changed their name to Journey to an Artist. If you want to know more about Journey to an Artist head over to their Facebook page, or to the blog page. There is new and exciting happenings going on with the group Journey to an Artist that you are sure to want to check it out.
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Posted on March 14, 2017
I am really enjoy posting on the different color themes that we are going through with the Artist Inspired blog group. This month is green. I have a love hate relationship with Green. Green is the beauty of nature and I love nature, but sometimes the green is a yellow green and I am not crazy about that. I love muted greens, soft peaceful greens. The color green is often associated with nature, energy, freshness, growth, harmony and various other ideas.
Green is new life as opposed to the dying brown of a plant, often reflected in my house. My father had a green thumb growing numerous orchids, and anthiriums. Not so in my house. I have one green plant in the kitchen and it’s life cycle depens greatly on how much I water it. Fortunately it is a hardly plant that recovers fairly quickly.
Fortunately I love nature and I love to get out and walk in it. So here are a few images taken on my walk about that reflect the color green.
Just a reminder that this is a circle blog and I would encourage you to click to continue on reading what they other photographers in this group have for you. Please stop by my friend and fellow photographer Lindsey Bramlett’s page and read her blog. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.
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Posted on March 6, 2017
This is an exciting month for Share Six. The group has now been running for a year and we have had the beautiful opportunity as a blog group to get to know each other so much better. Sadly over the year we saw 2 bloggers leave the group for various reasons and we were sad to see them go, 2 new bloggers joined us. This past month Kim left the group and we were really sorry to see her go. As a result we made a decision to add 4 more new bloggers to the group. We are excited about where this new blog group is going.
In addition we have had the opportunity to share on both Facebook and Instagram images submitted to both pages, as well as highlight various artists and guest feature the artist of choice that month. You can read all about these happenings on the Share Six webpage.
I love this community and am excited to see how 2017 progresses. Keep following and sharing with us. We love to see your art is in our feed.
This month Tori or Roots and Twigs Photography chose the theme RESTORE. Mmm, I am all about restore. Many occasions have called me to restore my body and soul and I typically choose nature, self time and my faith to do that. So here are some images that will show how I restore harmony back into my life.
I always have to chuckle – it is funny to watch Richard and I restore our energy when we travel. Richard rides his bike, goes off kayaking or paddle boarding, even flying a kite. Me – I want to be left alone with my chair and my book or my tanning blanket, my book and my suntan oil. He exhausts me just watching him restore.
I am a people person, but when I need to restore I need solitude. I need to huddle on my office couch with music playing softly in the background, a book in my hands and Simba in my lap. Alternatively, I need to get out and walk in the wetlands, or in the Japanese Gardens. I need to connect with the peace and beauty of nature. Of course, in an idle world speedwalkers are not on my nature meander .
I have learned over many years that restoration of my soul is essential.
Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six. This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my friend Katherine of Cobert Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.
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Now it is your turn. Don’t forget to like us on facebook at Share Six and come and share your images on the theme Restore throughout the month of March. A new theme will come out on April 6.
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We look forward to seeing your images on the theme restore