Photography: Fall Foliage  

Monday, November 16, 2009

After shooting with Kandyce one of the lenses I became interested in was her Lensbaby Composer, which is a low-cost tilt-shift type of lens. Kyle Hepp uses a tilt-shift for a lot of her photography and the results are very good.

So I ordered a Lensbaby and set out on my fall photo shoot with the goal of photographing fall color. Only it was freezing cold and overcast. I tried again a couple of weeks later before the last of the color faded with a different aperture and I think the results are better. I'm not sure if it was because I wasn't sure how to use the lens or because the subject matter wasn't the best choice for the lens, but the pictures kind of hurt my eyes. Less blurring would probably help. Next time I'll try it on architecture to see how that works.

(The Composer adjusts aperture by changing out black disks against the lens. A tool is used to magnetically capture the disk and then a new one is dropped in. It's not as easy as selecting a different setting on the camera, so I didn't change the aperture while shooting.)

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9 comments: to “ Photography: Fall Foliage

  • Damien Franco
    Monday, November 16, 2009 at 8:04:00 PM CST  

    That's a really great collection of fall images. Really drawn to the first one.

    The lensbaby lenses take some getting used to but are really great for boosting your creativity, especially when you're in a creative lull.

  • Kyle
    Monday, November 16, 2009 at 8:29:00 PM CST  

    Wow, that is a totally different look on nature shots. LOVE IT. I think you did really well, I've seen so many bad versions of these shots so I'm impressed.

    It's weird, because in some, it looks totally tilt-shifty, and then in other shots the look is completely different. Sounds like it's a pretty versatile lens!

  • Ordinary Girl
    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 4:12:00 PM CST  

    Thanks for stopping by, Damien and Kyle. I hope to try this lens more and learn more about how to use it. Kyle, the difference was probably in the aperture or maybe how close the subject was.

    I'd like to expand my lens horizon more, but somehow I always find myself going back to the 50mm. Any suggestions on other types to try? I've thought about getting a macro to experiment with since I love close-ups.

  • John Evo
    Friday, November 20, 2009 at 4:30:00 PM CST  

    Wow, OG... your photography has really gotten better. There are some great shots here. Kind of snapped my brain when we were suddenly inside a restaurant though! :)

    I really like the tight focus, moving out to blur around the edges and the colors were phenomenal.

    Naturally we don't get the strong "fall vibe" out here, but it still exists, despite what they say. The peach and apricot trees at our house are beautiful.... well, the *peach* is. I just looked at the apricot tree and... eh....

    How are you and "M"?

  • Anonymous
    Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 7:24:00 AM CST  

    Great photos. I've thought about getting a lens baby. Your photos have convinced me that it's time to stop thinking and just do it.

  • Ordinary Girl
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 4:21:00 PM CST  

    "M" is good, back in school.

    Have you made the plunge yet on the Lensbaby, Chappy?

  • Anonymous
    Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 3:47:00 PM CST  

    No, I haven't made the plunge yet. I'll do it soon, I think. The deacon and I are going to Italy in April; I think this lens could help me create some interesting photos there.

  • Ordinary Girl
    Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7:24:00 AM CST  

    Chappy, nope. I've lost 150 pounds by not eating since Thanksgiving!!

    Seriously, Christmas was yummy, but just too busy to blog.

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