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Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Bird Baby
© 2010 Simon Hucko

I know I promised a histogram post this week, and I'll get there, I promise. (possibly even later this week) I just didn't have the time to get everything together.

I know I don't usually write posts about gear, either, but I had the opportunity to use a truly fantastic little bit of kit. I went for a photowalk with Adam and Stacey (two other Ithaca photographers) on Saturday. Stacey was kind enough to lend me a lensbaby to play with (I think it was the older lensbaby 2.0). Oh man, are they fun. The lens is designed to give you a "sweet spot" that's in focus, leaving the rest of the image with a crazy blur (almost like a zoom blur). This really makes your subject pop, and gives you a whole new perspective on the world around you.

Piggy Back Ride
© 2010 Simon Hucko

Given more time with a lens like this, I think I would have been better able to take advantage of the effects it gives. Check out Stacey's huge lensbaby set for an idea of the amazing range of creative possibilities.

If you're ever looking for a creative pick-me-up, I highly recommend borrowing/renting/buying one of these and playing with it for a while. I'm totally addicted, and have added one to my photo gear wishlist.

One caveat - the lens doesn't talk to the camera at all, so you're on your own for exposure unless you use an old film body with stop down metering. No problem, though, just use the histogram as your meter. Yes, I'll write that post. I promise. Seriously.


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  1. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I'm very "eh" about this LensBaby stuff. Personally I think your other photos are way better and more creative! :)

  2. @ Kristan - yeah, these are hardly great photos. I recommend going through Stacey's gallery, she has a lot more practice with the lenses and uses them far better IMO. It takes a bit of practice to get a feel for when and how to use them best.

    I also wasn't sold on the lensbaby thing to begin with, but once I put one on my camera and started playing with it I couldn't help but smile. I don't even care so much about the finished photos, just the act of using one was so much fun. I highly recommend trying it before you pass final judgement.