A few years ago I nearly sold my old Lensbaby lenses. Why? because on my Canon 5dMkII I just could not focus them. Lensbaby lenses are all manual focus. Might be because I am nearsighted in one eye and far sighted in the other. I don’t know, but I do know I was never happy with my results. Then along came my Sony mirrorless camera and I discovered ‘peaking level’ in the menu. This lets me choose a color, red in my case, that highlights the areas ‘in focus’ on my Lensbaby lenses. Well it wasn’t long and I was back at it and loving all the new lenses Lensbaby has produced since my absence
I started by buying the new Composer so I could use my old effect lenses that pop into it. Then I added the Edge 50 and I was hooked. With each new lens that Lensbaby makes, that one becomes my new favorite. For a long time it was the Trio because I loved the 28mm view, and the fact you had three possibilities in one lens: sweet, twist and the velvet. Then along came the Sol 45 and now it’s my latest favorite. Photography can be so fickle.
As most of you know, who follow this blog, I use more old film cameras than digital ones. I’m kind of addicted to the whole process of using film. However, sometimes my situation calls for digital. This was one of those days. It’s the last day of February 2019 and we are still in winter. In Portland, Oregon, we are usually warmer by now and out enjoying Spring sunshine. We have that sun today, but it is still cold. A couple of days ago we were getting more white stuff, not like the Sierra mountains are getting but a dusting that closes our schools. Then again, the sighting of one flake causes panic in this city.
These photos I am sharing today were all made on my Sony a6500 with the Lensbaby Sol 45. I just went for a walk around my neighborhood to see who was out playing. I hope you enjoy the swirl of this great lens. If you have never used Lensbaby lenses please have a look at their website. There are tutorials and featured photographers that may peak your interest.
not much playing on the volleyball court
want to go down the slide?
I’ve never figured out this play area
This made me laugh. Kids are trying to sled on an inch of snow. I guess the grass was frozen enough for a few good rides
Giving up. Hoping to return when there is more snow
A few braved the pickle ball court
A few people did brave the cold for their daily walk, including me
I love this neighborhood for its parks and areas of trees and trails.
Now, bring me Spring and sunshine.