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01/01/2009 08:51:53 AM · #51
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day 1
01/01/2009 10:27:41 AM · #52
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01/01/2009 11:09:53 AM · #53
During the blizzard:

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R.
01/01/2009 11:41:49 AM · #54
Happy New Year!
Got my first picture up @ my blog.
:D
01/01/2009 01:09:15 PM · #55
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01/01/2009 02:56:38 PM · #56
Originally posted by ubique:

Finally figured out a way to mount my Lensbaby Original onto my old Polaroid 600 series.

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Bear 'outed' me:

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01/01/2009 03:17:06 PM · #57
1st Day...

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01/01/2009 03:29:37 PM · #58
Originally posted by ubique:

Originally posted by ubique:

Finally figured out a way to mount my Lensbaby Original onto my old Polaroid 600 series.

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Bear 'outed' me:

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Haha! Thanks, Paul!

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Polababy™ rocks!

R.
01/01/2009 03:46:58 PM · #59
Gosh - I need to figure this lens out.

LB1
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01/01/2009 04:55:08 PM · #60
Originally posted by cfarrell:

Gosh - I need to figure this lens out.

LB1
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You SQUEEZE the lens to get approximate focus: You BEND the lens to move the sweet spot where you want it. You hold those positions while pressing the shutter. I can imagine it's quite a challenge. My 3G, on the other hand, has a lock button so it will hold whatever position it's bent into, and then a small focusing ring that allows fine-tuning of the focus, and threaded rods to allow fine-tuning of the tilt. It's great for tripod work, but it's not very spontaneous.

Now, those "Composer" people got it easy; THEIR lens is on a ball-and-socket mount and sports a normal focusing collar, so it basically works just like a tiltable normal lens. Heck, I'm not even sure (just kidding) we can call what they have the "real thing"...

Jejeje™.

R.
01/01/2009 05:03:50 PM · #61
Originally posted by cfarrell:

Gosh - I need to figure this lens out.

LB1
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Well that's a pretty good start, deflecting focus accurately into the corner like that. I'd say that it takes a lot of practice to get what you want (and it does), but I'm not entirely sure what to practice! I know I took a LOT of shots when I first got my LB ... trying over & over again. But I followed no particular plan; I just kept going until somehow I began to instinctively feel what was going to work. I think one thing I discovered was that I got best results when I bent the thing less, and when I just flirted with focus rather than trying to absolutely nail it. I have, and prefer, the Lensbaby Original, with plastic optics of deliberately dodgy fidelity, but I happen to enjoy that negligent look. Also, especially at wide apertures (and I use wide open nearly all the time), there is a BIG difference when shooting against or with the light. For what it's worth, this is my 'process' ... I use aperture priority and exposure bracketing (normal; minus 2/3 stop; plus 2/3 stop). If I feel instinctively confident about the exposure I just take the first (normal) shot, but if I'm doubtful I hold the shutter button down & take all three. I'm sometimes astounded at how much difference the 2/3 stop makes with Lensbaby in certain light situations ... much more than with a regular lens. I don't use RAW with Lensbaby, because ... well, I don't actually know why – I use it for everything else!

If I could emphasise just one point, it would be this: I am quite sure that I learned and enjoyed my Lensbaby a lot more when I practiced by taking a LOT of shots fast and instinctively, rather than trying to take just a few very carefully-considered and carefully-executed exposures. Now that I'm more confident I need to take a lot less shots to get what I want, so I suppose that learning process would be the same for everybody.

Looking back at what I've written here, I feel like all I've said is, "wax on; wax off" like Mr Miyagi in The Karate Kid, but it does work. Lensbaby is just like karate really.

Edit to add: One bit of 'process' advice I forgot is that I use spot metering a lot, even in conjunction with the exposure bracketing, because it allows me to be very sure what I am exposing for. My camera has a spot metering capability using just the central 2% of the image area, and also an exposure lock button, so it's a lot easier and faster to do than it sounds.

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01/01/2009 05:21:07 PM · #62
Originally posted by ubique:

If I could emphasise just one point, it would be this: I am quite sure that I learned and enjoyed my Lensbaby a lot more when I practiced by taking a LOT of shots fast and instinctively, rather than trying to take just a few very carefully-considered and carefully-executed exposures. Now that I'm more confident I need to take a lot less shots to get what I want, so I suppose that learning process would be the same for everybody.


That's what I'm doing (when I get the chance to go out, that is). I just go take a bunch of shots. Just to get a feel for the lens. I'm not really trying to get a masterpiece. Maybe someday I will, once I get the hang of using the lens.

As for my shot today, It will have to wait till I get home from work. And by then it will be dark. So most likely a nice inside gimmicky kind of shot.
01/01/2009 06:16:37 PM · #63
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01/01/2009 07:58:45 PM · #64
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01/01/2009 09:11:15 PM · #65
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01/01/2009 09:20:33 PM · #66
Here's my official picture #1. Not much. I'll have to wait until Sunday to start getting some outdoors shots.

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01/01/2009 10:01:16 PM · #67
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01/02/2009 01:18:37 AM · #68
Down the street, after the snow ended:

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R.
01/02/2009 01:22:23 AM · #69
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01/02/2009 05:15:23 AM · #70
2. Roll

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01/02/2009 06:14:52 AM · #71
Ok...I NEED one of these! Seriously, I just looked at all the pics in here and they're great!
01/02/2009 06:41:31 AM · #72
This is not new, but neither am I.

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I don't know why I like it, so I don't think I'll mind if you spank it.
I have a feeling this picture may have been better without Lensbaby.
Or possibly that Lensbaby may have been better without this picture.

01/02/2009 08:10:33 AM · #73
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Just wanted to add some info about my Wide angle attachment...I got a cheap fisheye lens from for like about $30.00 bucks or so...not from the LB site. Basically anything with a 37mm thread can be attached to the front of the LB...same goes for my polarizing filter, they do make them that tiny and they come in handy when photographing cars and other reflective surfaces.

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01/02/2009 08:46:57 AM · #74
This thread makes me happy :D
01/02/2009 08:46:57 AM · #75
Day 1:

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