The {Serenity} Project – Lensbaby

Two years ago I purchased a couple Lensbaby lenses – the Composer Pro with Sweet 35 and the Edge 80 Optic.  These lenses are used for special effects on images with selective focus areas and beautiful bokeh.  If any images portray serenity to me, it is certainly the images I’ve seen produced with these lenses.   My fellow photographers were taking amazing photos with these lenses and I just knew I had to have them.

As soon as I got them, I tried them out.  They were difficult for me to use, most likely because they are manual focus lenses.  Having turned the corner with my eyesight **cough, cough** and needing a certain kind of glasses for seeing small print I was taking a ton of shots and hoping the focus would end up where I wanted on at least one of them.  I just couldn’t get a good shot.  Feeling frustrated I took a Lensbaby class.  Although I learned a lot, it still didn’t help with my eye balls nor my ability to create photos like what I have seen.

At some point I managed to get this one shot last year that I liked pretty well.

Roberts-Kathy-Kathleen-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Knock-Out-Rose-LensbabyISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/800s |

Then for this month’s serenity circle, I wanted to try again.  Out of who knows how many shots I took, I only ended up with this one.

Roberts-Kathy-Kathleen-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Lily-Pad-LensbabyISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/320s |

These are the kinds of lenses that you need to practice, practice, practice with.  I’m not sure I have the patience and or eyesight to do that with.  Will I keep the lenses?  I don’t know.  I need to think about that.

The Serenity Project is collective blog consisting of members who strive for all things serene. This month is no exception in finding serenity all around us in this world. My talented friend Jennifer Carr takes some gorgeous Lensbaby images and is next in line. Follow the circle around to see what she has to share this month.

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  • Wendy McCallum - What beautiful images Kathleen! They took my breath when I first saw them…. totally gorgeous.ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thank you Wendy – you are too kind!ReplyCancel

  • Iris - Manual focus is really tricky. I have the same eyesight issue. But I love shooting with the LB lenses.

    I love the second image, Kathy. The slice of focus is perfect. Stick with it; you will one day love it too. I hope. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thanks Iris! I just need to practice more — and get new eyes!ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - I never would have guessed you had challenges with achieving these beautiful images. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thank you Nadeen! It’s a struggle for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Carr - I think these are perfect! You’re right, the LB is tough, but the effect is so worth the practice. And sometimes the missed focus images are even more magical OOF!

    Thanks for the shout out <3ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thank you friend! I will try them some more, but it’s so tough!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - LB lenses are tricky! these are beautiful, though – especially the second one! <3ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thank you Nina ~ I like that one the best too. <3ReplyCancel

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