More Shooting with a Lensbaby

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.

Plastic Lens plus some gentle layers

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!).

Plastic lens, blue filter and monochrome ‘in camera’. Olympus 620.

Plastic Lens and ‘in camera’ monochrome and blue filter. Olympus 620.

Plastic lens, wide aperture and a layer or two.

Plastic lens plus a very light layer.

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.

Glass Lens and a Canon 60D

Sweet 35 and a Canon 60D

Glass lens and an Olympus 620

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.

Using Old Manual Focus Lenses on a DSLR

If you’ve bought your new DSLR with a kit lens, it will do a good ‘general purpose’¬† job.

However most aren’t that ‘fast’ i.e. they have fairly small minimum apertures (f3.5 to f5.6 for a 15-85mm Canon), so for isolating a subject with narrow depth of field and nice ‘bokeh’ they’re not great.

This post shows a way to get that ‘look’ without spending a fortune.

Shallow Depth of Field – Helios 85mm f2

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Taming a DSLR in the Wild

This post shows one way to set up a DSLR for simple everyday operation which I hope you find useful. I use these settings as a default, changing as required.

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