Having Fun with the Lensbaby Composer

June 24, 2013  •  2 Comments

About a month ago I decided rather impulsively to buy a Lensbaby Composer.  This was not a huge investment - the lens and a fabulous book by Corey Hilz was $179 from B&H. I thought it would be a fun lens to play with over the summer.  It is not a lens that you can master overnight and I have only begun to get the grasp of it; it will take a bit of practice, particularly to get the focus right.  If you don't know anything about the Lensbaby line of lenses, visit their website at: http://lensbaby.com.  The Composer is part of the Lensbaby series of SLR lenses with special effects.  Basically, it brings one area of the photo into sharp focus, surrounded by gradually increasing blur.  You simply tilt the lens to a desired angle and focus manually.  Sounds easy, but it's tricky to get that sweet spot of focus just right.  You change the aperture of the lens by inserting metal discs that fit onto the lens with a handy little magnetic tool.  It can be used in many types of photography, including portrait, landscape and nature photography. My first try with the lens produced the following photos of the field of poppies in the English Oak Meadow at the Garden.  The poppies have since been removed to make way for a summer display of flowers.  I did these hand-held but I think the Lensbaby will be easier to use on a tripod because of the need for manual focus.  Using Live View will help with more effective focusing.

    


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Don(non-registered)
Welcome to the world of Tilt Photography. Love these samples but can't wait until you start using it for those razor thin DOF abstracts. Amazing shots to come I'm sure.
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