There seems to be a bit of interest in the results you can get using a Lensbaby, so maybe a few more shots would be OK. The first post introducing how to use a Lensbaby is here.
BTW – I have no links with the Lensbaby company – I just like using them.
I remember starting with the Lensbaby Muse and getting a bit frustrated with it, as it’s got to be bent and held in position which is tricky if you’re using the LCD to focus (not enough fingers!). It’s tough on the hand tendons too in cold weather as the flexible plastic lens mount gets difficult to move. The Composer though was much better as it stays in place and is easy to focus on the LCD like a conventional lens.
So here are some shots to show results from the Sweet 35 as well as the 50mm glass and plastic lenses, and a variety of post-processing treatments to go with them (most of them need some post processing).
First then, high contrast monochrome. This could be done in camera or even better in Photoshop. The first is with the Sweet 35, the second the 50mm single glass lens. The glass lenses are quite sharp in places, and high contrast emphasises this.
Secondly, the lovely soft plastic lens. This can produce results which sometimes look as if they’re paintings (only almost!).
Finally some vintage style processing – layered to look like old prints. A simple sepia tone doesn’t give the same ‘depth’ as a layer. The first shot is using a glass lens, the other two are taken on the Sweet 35.
As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.
Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.
Reblogged this on A Life in Brighton and commented:
Really enjoying this work, particularly as the ‘focus rules’ are abandoned often and with beautiful effect.
Hello Clive – Lensbabys do offer some good focus effects – pleased you like them.
Thanks for the comment and the reblog!