Lensbaby Creativity

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How has lensbaby creativity changed my photography style? Here's a little introduction to my new set of lensbaby tutorials...

 

I'm a Storyteller who takes Pictures!

 

One of the great things about photography is that you can tell a story through your pictures. Indeed if you want to create a conceptual image, full of atmosphere or evoking a mood then the lensbaby is the perfect choice. Images can be powerful and who really needs 1000 words when you can create art from behind the lens?

Lensbaby Creativity - yellow ranunculus buds
Lensbaby Creativity - ranunculus buds

Nature gave me a bud from the palms of her hands.  From a distance the outer young leaves reminded me of nature's hand presenting the first buds of spring to the gardener.

 

The yellow ranunculus bud was taken with a lensbaby composer pro. With double glass using no aperture ring (which means it was at f2). In addition I also used a +4 macro filter plus a +10 macro filter and the telescopic optic all stacked together.

Blur is Good

Firstly lensbaby photography is an acquired taste. Therefore if you like tack sharp images, you don't like flare or chromatic aberration then it mightn't be for you. Moreover for the rest of us creatives the lensbaby opens new doors to our imagination.

 

Lensbaby Creativity - abstract tulips
tulips abstract +10 and +4 macro filters, f4 aperture ring,telescopic optic and double glass

Lensbaby Creativity

The lensbaby optic system has enabled me to create painterly looking images straight out of the camera! Though adding a texture to the final image or using a photoshop action is also something you can do for a finishing touch.

 

There's quite a learning curve in using this optics system. Likewise it all depends on your skills in photography and understanding how to work in manual mode. In fact the lensbaby doesn't 'talk' to your camera body. Therefore everything has to be done manually including the focus.

 

Consequently it takes a few days to master the system. In all honesty you'll be hitting the delete button and filling your recycling bin quite a bit. But once you master it you'll not want to take the lensbaby off your camera body!

 

As a result finding and moving your sweet spot, moving it around the frame and bending it will become 2nd nature to you.

Lensbaby Creativity - snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis
lensbaby creativity - snowdrops +10 and +4 macro filters, 4 aperture ring, and double glass
Lensbaby Creativity - cordalylis leaves
lensbaby creativitiy +10 and +4 macro filters, 5.6 aperture ring,telescopic optic and double glass

Over the next few weeks I'll share more of my lensbaby creativity shots. Furthermore I'll explain a little bit more about the optics system. 

 

In fact there's a plethora of pieces of kit. As a result I can spend hours just experimenting with so many different pieces stacked together!

Rosie Nixon
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Rosie is a passionate wildlife gardener in Scotland, a Perthshire / Tayside flower and garden photographer and writer. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that buzzes, creeps, crawls or flutters. She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography.

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  1. Wow, i am most awed. Those in the turquoise them look like sheets of special lines, and very soft too. I love to sleep in them.

  2. Such dreamy images. i especially loved your turquoise theme. I love my Lensbaby as well and have been itching to get it out, these images were a great reminder I should do so soon.

  3. Rosie! So good to see you back… As always, your work is gorgeous and yes Susan hit the nail on the head; DREAMY!

  4. All are gorgeous! Might have to buy a lensbaby now.

  5. All are so gorgeous!

  6. So delicate and lovely!

  7. Rosie, these are absolutely stunning! I've been using a Lensbaby for the photo challenge this season too and I've been having so much fun with it. I love the push it's given to my creativity.

    Thanks so much for taking part in the Nurture Photography Challenge!

  8. I have a lensbaby but hd no idea I could (attempt to) do this with it! thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Visiting from Project Alicia

  9. Wow. Just wow! Inspiring to say the least. One of my co-hosts, Rebecca, just got a lensbaby and I've been drooling. And these only make my desire greater. Simply beautiful. I definitely am drawn to the softer painterly look and these make my heart happy. Thanks for sharing the settings. This lens is definitely at the top of my list. I look forward to seeing more in the coming weeks. 🙂

  10. Beautiful! Love the turquoise shots.

  11. All the images are lovely. Thanks for giving an in depth explanation of the lensbaby. I have seen it around but never understood what it does…until now.

    Unfortunately this won't work on my camera body. Sure is fun though.

  12. These are so beautiful and dreamy! Makes me want to pick up my Lensbaby spark and try again.

  13. What beautiful photos. Lensbaby works like magic, like a watercolor art. 🙂

  14. They look so soft and dreamy….like an art piece… I didn't know there were lenses that could do that. I thought it was all photoshopped. Thanks for sharing! …smiles…

  15. Wow these photos are stunning

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