I was the lucky winner of a Lensbaby Composer Pro II and Edge 50 optic a couple months ago from the Clickin Mom's Blog! I couldn't believe my lucky stars, because it seems I never win anything cool!
It arrived just before Thanksgiving, and I put it on my camera to play around with it. When I pulled the pictures up on my computer, I was seriously dis-heartened. What I thought was in focus, really wasn't. Though the pictures were okay, they weren't what I was expecting. I was taking a workshop at the time I took these and we were doing black and white conversions that week...thus they're all in B&W.
I quietly put it away for another few weeks, due to the craziness of Christmas. I managed to pull it out once while trying some in-camera double exposures, bokeh Christmas lights and some macro. They turned out okay, but not spectacular.
A few days after Christmas, I decided to pull it out for the 3rd time. In fact, I put it on my camera and then left home taking no other lenses with me so I had no fall-backs. I was a bit more pleased with the results, though I used it for taking pictures of my kids sledding...so I think the moving subjects made it a bit hard. But I did discover that shooting into the sun made the coolest rainbow flare--I'm so going to be using that a lot more in the future!
These are not anywhere near where I want them to be, but I just wanted to share my journey! I hope to get proficient at my Lensbaby before the end of the year. *thumbs up!* (I bought this Clickin Mom's breakout during the Black Friday sale, and need to read it when the kids go back to school!)
Have you tried a Lensbaby yet? If so, what tips and tricks have helped you?
I'm a mom of 4 boys, in love with photography, especially landscapes, macro, and silhouettes.
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." -Elliott Erwitt