This poor, neglected space…
Is in much need of attention. I’ve taken hundreds of photos and have many posts backlogged in my head that need to be released. So, I think, this will be a busy place in the next few days.
One of my gifts for Christmas was a Lensbaby lens. It takes fun and interesting shots like the ones you see in this post but it has a learning curve and I’m only in the infancy stages. It will be fun to practice on this winter and then be proficient enough for fabulous flower shots in spring and summer.
The challenge with the Lensbaby is the manual focus. With my other lenses, even when I have them set to manual focus, the lens will “catch” the focus points and the camera will beep notifying you that you’ve achieved your focus and it’s ready to shoot. With the Lensbaby it’s completely manual (visual) and there is no notification that you’ve found the sweet spot. After a few terrible and frustrating shots I found that I had to adjust my diopter. The diopter adjusts the focus of your camera for your eye. Read more about adjusting your diopter here.
This image and the next two are my third session with the Lensbaby and I can already see improvement.
Here the raindrops are in sharp focus, you may have to click through to Flickr and then press ‘L’ to see it big.
These magnolia buds hold so much promise don’t you think?