Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lensbaby Street Portraits

May was an exciting photography month mainly due to the fact that I attended a lensbaby workshop in Savannah, Georgia. The workshop was lead by Craig Tanner and Marti Jeffers of the Mindful Eye. The group of folks attending the workshop was a nice blend of folks that I hope to keep in touch with and attend other workshops with.

I bought a lensbaby several months ago and I knew that the lensbaby would be hard to learn to use—but I couldn’t focus anything—nothing was the least bit in focus. I’m happy to report that there was a reason why—other than my lack of knowledge. I was using the plastic optic—which produces a hazy, ethereal effect. Not the effect I was going for. Craig loaned me a double glass optic—and it made a huge difference. Once you get the hang of how the lensbaby works—it’s not that difficult. Sometimes (well maybe often) you’ll need to take several exposures and combine then in photoshop to get the perfect photo—but who cares!

The 5-day workshop was held in one of my favorite places—Savannah, Georgia. Savannah is such a friendly city—which makes it easy to approach strangers to take portraits. I enjoy taking portraits so this part was easy for me. However, taking architectural photos wasn’t that easy for me. I never know how to capture the essence of a building or monument—so I ended up imitiating others in the group.

Here's all the lensbaby street portraits that I took as part of the workshop.

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