It was good to get out of my environment this week and try some different subject matter – although my week did start at the farmer’s market so a couple of images of food and flowers were made.For this week’s setup I used the Sweet 35 optic again, and added in the Pinhole/Zone Plate optic. The Pinhole optic was the one that finally pushed me over the edge a year ago; I was so frustrated I put my Lensbaby gear in a drawer, closed it, and walked away.
This time I was determined that it was going to be different. I spent some time reading about the optic, and realized that I was confusing the “switch” – the slider that converts it from Pinhole to Zone Plate. I had understood Pinhole images to be sharp at infinity (well as sharp as you can get when you’re shooting through plastic film) – but mine were always very blurry. That’s because I had it on Zone Plate. The image below on the left is with the Pinhole set; the image on the right is the Zone Plate. This reminds me of the time when I took a four-week online Lensbaby class. I was mistakenly using the Plastic optic, instead of the Double Glass optic, and was so frustrated because nothing was sharp. Lesson learned: you have to really understand the equipment you’re using.
Lastly a word of caution, if you’re shooting with the Pinhole optic be prepared for a lot of sensor spot cleaning in post. I mean a lot. I just had my camera cleaned, and I still had more than 30 spots on the image below by shooting through this optic. And you will see them – they are pronounced round circles with sharp edges.