Collin J Örthner – Photographer

September 9, 2010

Lensbaby at Middle Distances

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Lensbaby, Nature, Trees — collin j örthner @ 3:16 am

Now a few images from further away than macro distances. I found it quite easy to accomplish what I intended when shooting macro subjects with the Lensbaby, but not quite as much ease when attempting to photograph middle distance subjects. So, out I went to see what could be done, and found some nice trees along the ditch of a quite back-road and went to work. I think the look of a macro image, with it’s inherent soft edges brought on by simply having very shallow depth of field, is very similar, although different, to what I can achieve with the Lensbaby. Moving a bit further away from my subjects, the out of focus areas start to look abnormal compared to your standard image. Sure they have a limited depth of field which all lenses do to some extent, but now I have also got to deal with a very small sweet spot of sharpness. I can move this point around by simply bending the lens in whatever direction I please. Now, that said, I was using an aperture of only f/4 and it comes with discs right up to f/22 in all the standard stops (2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22), but I really wanted to see what can be accomplished with what it ships with. By using a smaller aperture I could have achieved a larger sweet spot, but I don’t think I could have eliminated the out of focus areas as I could with a standard lens. I do quite like the look of the elongated and drawn out bokeh (out of focus areas of an image) which becomes most evident when bending the lens as opposed to shooting it straight out. It adds the illusion of motion to an image which otherwise might be lacking in the drama department.

[Canon 5dmkII, Lensbaby Composer]

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