This is a follow up from last week's lensbaby creativity post. Infact I wanted to share some creative lensbaby flower images with you using various parts of the optics system. Abstract and macro go hand in hand. But add a lensbaby optic and you'll gain a whole new dimension to your photography. Flower photography is what I specialise in so you can just imagine that the lensbaby is rarely off my camera body.
I still like some degree of sharpness in most of the images and usually I'll use the double glass and the aperture rings f4 and f5.6. I'll also use the +4 and +10 macro filters stacked on top of each other. S<i>ometimes there are barrels of kenko extension tubes in the stack too!</i> Indeed there could even be a wide angle optic stacked on the very top! Phew that's quite a package!
If you use the lensbaby on your full frame camera the focal length will be 50mm. If you use it on an APS sensor dslr then your images will be 75mm.
All the images below were taken handheld using an APS sensor dslr with no cropping. You don't want to crop your images if possible as you're cropping away all that gorgeous blur. So getting your composition right in the frame is paramount from the outset.
Lensbaby flower images - Extension Rods
Even the smallest of details can be picked up in the sweet spot as in this example of individual pollen grains. All you need to do is bend the lensbaby over the area you want to be the sharpest and then manually focus. All the rest of the details in the image will bend and blur softly into the background.
Or you can go for the very abstract soft and dreamy approach. In fact this where its all about colour, flowing lines and soft blur.
Lensbaby flower images - Using the Telescopic Optic
With the orange ranunculus flower I used the double glass, +4 and +10 macro filters and the telescopic optic.
Consequently this turns the lens into an 85 mm rather than a 50mm. That's 120mm on an APS sensor dslr.
Lensbaby flower images - Using the Plastic Optic
Dreamy photos are what I'm best known for and the best optic I've found for creating that is the plastic optic.
The images have an ethereal look to them straight out of the camera.
So far only this decaying tulip flower has been my subject. But I can just imagine how adding a texture to this image would give it an even greater painterly feel.
With both of these images below I also used the wide angle optic screwed on top of the +4 and +10 macro filters. Using the wide angle optic means that your lens is now 30mm (45mm on an APS sensor).