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?
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.
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.
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!