Category Archives: Lensbaby

Don’t forget to shoot in your backyard

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One of the joys of being a landscape photographer is traveling the country or perhaps the world to pursue your craft. In this blog I would like to suggest that you not overlook your own backyard. I’m guilty of this I must admit. For the past several years I have been working to cultivate a nice garden at home. Last year I was taking another photographer friend to the airport for a trip to Iceland and he looks around my front yard and asked if I had been taking pictures. It was a reminder that my hard work from years past was paying off and there was a lot to photograph. I too was guilty of overlooking the beauty in my own yard.

Since then I have made more of an effort to photograph the beauty of my own yard. The blog image is one of my Calla Lilies shot with the new Lensbaby twist 60 with a macro adapter that fits between the body and the lens so I could shoot a little closer. Clients of Road Runner Photography Tours are eligible for a 10% discount on Lensbaby products, so drop me a line if you want to make Lensbaby part of your photography toolkit.

Fuji, Fotodiox and the Lensbaby Sweet 35

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I must admit that not all items in my camera bag get equal use. It has been a long time since I used the Lensbaby Sweet 35 lens, at least it feels that way. But before I go on, I must digress.

I have been a Nikon Shooter for close to 10 years. I know the buttons and controls in my sleep. But during the last couple of years many of my friends have been making the switch to the Fuji X system. It’s small, lightweight, the quality is stunning and finally it got to the point that I could no longer ignore the Fuji. So about a year ago I made the plunge and purchased the XT-1 and several lenses. Ever since I have been having a love and hate relationship with the Fuji. I love the Fuji because of all the items that I listed above. It’s just sometimes the controls are not intuitive to me. This has caused me to fumble at times when I should be in the moment. I’m sure most of this could have been avoided if I had locked myself in a room for a day and read the horrible little manual that seems to accompany any camera regardless of cost.

Let’s get back to the the Lensbaby. I have no idea what the market share is for the Fuji X- Series cameras, but at this point it must be small enough that Lensbaby has not opted to make a lens specifically for the Fuji. So I obtained an adapter from FotoDiox and it has sat in my camera bag for the better part of a year, that is until last weekend. I decided to finally try the adapter and the Lensbaby. It was wonderful, and once I was looking through the viewfinder it was the same as it has always been. The experience was seamless. I’m not sure when I will reach for the Lensbaby and Fuji combo, but I’m sure it won’t be a year.

The final image was processed using MacPhun Tonality Pro.   For a discount on all MacPhun products use the discount code “ROADRUNNER”.    Clients of Road Runner Photography Tours are eligible for a 10% discount on Lensbaby products.  Contact us for the discount code.

The Softer Side of Grunge

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When I’m shooting an abandoned building most of my pictures tend to have a “grungy” look. This is usually accomplished with the use of Photomatix and some selective editing in Photoshop. But a couple years ago on my first visit to Scranton Lace Factory I decided to take a different approach. I did some shooting with my Lensbaby and the soft focus optic.

I love the soft focus optic and use it frequently with flowers. The soft focus optic is different from the other Lensbaby lens options because there is no focus spot, rather the entire scene is soft, yet in focus. But for some reason it seemed like the right tool for the scene in front of me.

Clients of Road Runner are eligible for a 10% discount on Lensbaby Gear.  Contact us for a discount code.

Photomatix is my favorite tool for creating HDR images.  It is available as a free download and is fully functional for 30 days.  If you decide to purchase use the discount code “RRPT” for a 15% discount.