This week I decided to work with one lens. I chose the Lensbaby and put it in my bag as I hit the road for work. Out of 200 images, I had barely a handful that I liked. Probably the worst week yet. I think part of the reason things were really hard was I tried to force myself to use the new Sweet 35 optic – which is a 35mm focal length – well for most of the time.
I had three big learnings this week:
- I “see” in telephoto. Working with a wider focal length was really challenging for me. I struggle with not honing in on details. Peter may write a blog on “see” in different focal lengths, so I won’t go into a lot here…..but needless to say I’m glad he “sees” in wide angles.
- Even though you have a wide angle, get close. I always knew this – but it wasn’t until I got frustrated about not having a telephoto or macro in the flower beds that I decided to get the lens really close to the flowers. Just because you have a wide angle doesn’t mean you can only take grand vistas with it
- Something has to be in focus. So for those of you who know me – this will be a lifelong struggle. It’s even harder with the Lensbaby for me – many of my images had nothing in focus.
So here are the images from this week. On the last couple of days, I copped out and put a couple of magnifiers on the front of the double glass optic and got close. You can probably tell – the close ups are my favorites which is why there are so many here.
Injury index: I did suffer from some really nasty bug bites as I was crawling through the flowers and grasses. So I’ll count this week as an injury week. 6:6.