I Heart Lensbaby

My iPhone Lensbaby came at last! I participated in the Kickstarter program and was able to get it before it goes on the market (and at a reduced price).

I absolutely love it! My iPhone is fun again- thanks to this tiny little lens. This is the first and only lens I’ve had for my phone, and it has taken some time for me to get used to it.  Although I loved it from the start, focusing it has been a challenge for me.  The first step in using this little guy is to attach it to the magnet ring (supplied) on the phone (with the Lensbaby app open )- then adjust the position of the lens to get the best focus with a centered “sweet spot.” Since I almost always prefer an off-center area of focus, I then switch to the “movable sweet spot” mode and compose my picture. I’m not sure why focusing was so difficult for me, but since I’ve relaxed about it a bit, I’ve been happier with my results.

Here are some of my favorite shots.

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The soft blur created by the lensbaby just seems to go with flowers!

Since this is app-happy Wednesday, I will mention the apps I used to edit these images.  I generally open in Snapseed first to crop and make any exposure adjustments. I often go into Pixlr Express afterward if I want to make an adjustment to just one area of the image.  I used to do this in Snapseed, but I find the history brush in Pixlr Express easier to use.  To do this, I make the adjustment I want to the ENTIRE image, and then use the history brush to erase it from the areas where I don’t want that particular adjustment.  It’s kind of counterintuitive, but I’m getting used to it.

Now I NEED to get a Lensbaby for my Nikon- I could start with a Composer Pro with a double glass optic. Are you reading this, Santa???

 

7 responses

  1. jdmaleski

    Lensbabies are highly addictive!! I think I’ve managed to collect everything over the years… You’ve been warned! ; )

    BTW, your off-center focused shots are great! I am having trouble with mine moving too much out of the frame. I guess I need to play more with that — I’ve just been letting it go in the center while I practice.

    August 13, 2014 at 6:50 am

  2. Thoughts from the Desktop

    Oh Lensbaby for iPhone sounds good your edits are fantastic…

    August 13, 2014 at 7:11 am

  3. I really love those daisies, you are doing so well and I love these. Lensbaby just rocks my socks off. My Sweet 35 is fixed, it was my problem Lensbaby got me fixed over the phone I had my little macro converter attached to the composer pro. I was certain it wasn’t. There are two and I thought I had taken both off but only taken one off. It is a sneaky little one that didn’t get removed. Boy did I feel dumb. 😦 Now I am back in business. Can’t wait for Santa.

    August 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

  4. Your images are gorgeous!

    August 13, 2014 at 8:25 am

  5. Claudia Lowery

    cool !

    August 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

  6. Your images are stunning and I really like the off-centre focus. I don’t have the first clue on how to use a Lensbaby but I’d definitely like to learn – you have rocked it! Thanks so much for joining in with “app” happy wednesday!

    August 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

  7. Gorgeous for sure! I especially like the upper right black and white one. Superb!

    August 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm

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