Thursday, August 19, 2010

A New Toy...

So...I may have done a little online retail therapy lately...twice. (I know, not necessarily smart considering the whole unemployed thing...which is why I've needed the comfort of retail therapy. It's an evil, evil cycle I tell you.) Only the first time I didn't end up jiving with my purchase so it went back so I could get credit so I could choose differently. It was a FABULOUS decision to make the switch.

I present to you a few play photos taken today with my new Lensbaby Composer. Lensbaby offers (in their own words) "...a whole line of creative effects camera lenses..." and I've been wishing for one ever since I borrowed one from a photographer friend in Grinnell last fall. I love how the selective sweet spot focus of this unique line of lenses allows one to bend light and create mood and attention to detail. What I'm discovering is that my photography style is pretty up close and personal. I love to find new ways to make close interesting. Some people love landscapes and wide open spaces. I apparently prefer a little more intimate relationship with my subjects. I've never really thought about that aspect of my shooting style before until earlier this month when it became very apparent when my first attempt at expanding my lens bag was with a wide angle lens. A lens that went back because it just didn't feel right on my camera. The pictures I took with it were nice, but not me. However, one day of play with my new Composer and I'm in love...and excited to get out shooting MORE!

Today's subjects were just things around the house. I simply experimented with a few shots here and there as I went about my day. First off, this delicious melon Aunt Pam brought us from her garden that was part of our lunchy goodness.

And then there's my new hat, compliments of my new part time job...

(For those of you who don't already know this fact...I love hats. So does Scott. So do our girls. Which means we own...just a few.)

And, remember this little guy?

While the focus is not quite right in this picture, I love, love, LOVE the colors on display by the books in Danbo's background. This was a simply quick snap, but I think an area of the house I will revisit for inspiration in the coming weeks.

Funny, my camera bag now has just as many "play" lenses as "serious" lenses...and I'm, surprisingly, pretty darn happy with that fact. Interesting what you find out about yourself when you take the time to really explore an interest. I'm quite enjoying this particular exploration!


1 comment:

Laurie said...

Very cool! Someday I need to get serious about this photography thing. I'm thinking I might have time in a lifetime or two...LOL!