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{i got a lensbaby… YIPPEE!}

i finally got a lensbaby thanks to my lovely friend, deb schwedhelm! i won one as a gift when i hosted her workshop here last august… im not kidding! best. workshop. gift. ever!!!

which one did i get you ask? i got the composer pro with double glass optic. if i wasnt feeling lucky enough already getting the lens as a gift, imagine my delight when i went to order it online to find out they were running a promotion and they were giving away the accessory kit free with every composer purchase. the kit is valued at $130 and i got that too!

my sister delivered it to me here in bali when she visited last month. life has been busy so although ive been keen to try it, it wasnt till tuesday that i got it out and had a play. i still have a lot to learn {probably reading the instructions would be a great place to start} but within a matter of minutes i could tell, im going to love this lens! i really do adore the process and the results…

shooting with it reminds me of film photography. the fact you are focusing manually and the anticipation after you press the shutter… waiting and hoping you get an image that looks how you imagine it will in your mind! when i shoot using my usual equipment i mostly just expect it will work. that the image will be how i see it in my mind because for the most part, it almost always is! i think this feeling of being unsure, of not knowing what to expect is a little exciting.

one of my favourite images was the last one in the pool sequence below ~ the one where danny had just thrown audrey in the pool from great heights and with all that movement and me trying to get my head around things, i was so happy when i downloaded my card to find she was is in focus and surrounded by stars… JUST MAGIC!

when i was going through my photos deciding which ones i loved most, i was surprised ~ it seems im drawn to the images that are flawed and imperfect the most!!! there is just something so dreamy about those ones… i think experimenting with the lensbaby is going to be fun because accepting the flaws goes against my nature {being a virgo and all}! i like the idea of embracing the flaws and seeing the image as beautiful anyway! there is a life lesson in there… one im still trying to learn in my everyday life… embracing and accepting my own mistakes and others around me.

anyway, here are some of my favourite images, mostly happy accidents cause i dont really know what im doing yet… feel free to share some tips on getting the exposure right or anything lensbaby related!

even better, i would love to see lensbaby photo shoots of yours for some inspiration! share links to your own blog posts in the comments. rowe x

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May 28, 2014 - 11:18 am

samara - Yay for you Rowe. I love the last one & the fourth last one of Audrey’s hair. I can’t wait to see your journey with this unfold. I rarely use mine but when I do I always love the images. #5 & #6 (on the right) are my lens baby images. A baby that stays still is my ideal subject 🙂 I am pretty bad at making it focus accurately, which I guess is half the fun. Cambodia looked magical xxx

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