Lensbaby Urban Photo Safari

Nikon D80, 50mm, 1/200 sec at F2.8 ISO 100

I went to a great workshop/Photo Safari at my favorite store B&H this past week. The topic was Lensbaby. I have heard of this lens before but never had a chance to photograph with it. This particular workshop was special cause we got to borrow a Lensbaby and take it for a Photo Safari in Central Park for a couple of hours. Lensbaby was practically a 50mm lens. There were three kinds of Lensbaby and I got to try the Composer which had a ball and socket configuration that delivers selective focus. The lens can be moved around and select a focus area within the frame. Available in manual focus only so it took me awhile to get used to the lens and on top of that I have a older nikon model so it only worked in Manual mode. But it’s a good creative and artistic lens to have specially if you want to reinvigorate your photography. It inspired me to photograph more after the workshop. So this photograph I chose to post process it in black and white cause I thought it gave it more impact than the original colored picture. The focused area on this picture was right in the middle, just above the man. I like the effect that it has, it felt like everything around the focused area were being drawn towards it. I have not decided if I want to purchase this lens and how useful it will be with my photography but I had a lot of fun photographing with it and walking around Central Park. Please leave comments and questions.


Sunset at Mount Desert Island

Nikon D80, 1/30 sec at F/8, 70mm, ISO 400, Singh-Ray 3 Step Reverse ND Grad

Now lets revisit Acadia National Park. This was our third day of camping at MDI and this was taken at the top of Cadillac Mountain at sunset. It was an amazing day, we hiked the Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail which started from Blackwood campground, where we were camping, up to the top of Cadillac Mountain. It was about 6 to 7 mile hike round trip. The trail was just awesome, we were hiking at the ridge of the mountain and the views from the trail was just breath taking. One of many good things about Cadillac Mountain was you can hike up to the top or you can drive. After a full day of hiking I went back at sunset to take some photograph. The color of sky was just amazing that whole day. It had been raining the day before and I was so happy to have this wonderful day and the sunset did not disappoint. As you can see from the photo the sky was like a painter’s palette so colorful and beautiful. I did not have to do much post processing on this photo just white balance adjustment and a little bit of tone adjustment. It was just a perfect sunset. I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I did photographing it. Please leave or send comments questions.


Cooper Lake

Nikon D80 1/25 sec at f/11, ISO 100, 18-70mm, 1.8 ND Filter, Circular Polarizer

I’m spending some time in Woodstock, NY this week so I’m posting this picture I took this past weekend. I’m also testing some new equipment for this shot. I recently got a B+W 1.8 Neutral Density Filter at my favorite store B&H. This is my first time using this kind of filter. I wanted to play around with long exposures and this would also help with taking photographs during bright sunny day like this photo. This was taken around 5pm on a very bright sunny day. I’ve been around Cooper Lake several times but this is the first time I’m photographing it. I used the 1.8 ND Filter and stacked it with circular polarizer to deepen the blue in sky and the water. I’m very happy with the results. You could still see the details in the sky and the reflection on the lake without blowing it out. I hope you like it and please leave comments and questions.


Sleepy Hollow

Nikon D80, 1/1000Sec, f/1.8, ISO 800, 50 MM

I’m taking a break from Acadia National Park photographs and I’m going back several months for this photo. We were around Sleepy Hollow during Halloween last year and decided to walk around the famous Sleepy Hollow cemetery. It was a beautiful cemetery, the trails in and around the cemetery was just visually amazing. The color of the trees were still changing and the elaborate mausoleums were just fantastic. The few notable people that we saw at cemetery ranged from Walter Chrysler, commissioned the Chrysler Building and founded the Chrysler Corporation, to Leona Helmsley, who bequeathed $12 million to her dog. The Helmsley mausoleum was specially memorable because it had a stained-glass panorama of the Manhattan skyline. I had a great time photographing the cemetery, with this photo I love the different color of the trees, the dried leaves on the ground, the S shape curve of the road and the row of headstones on the right side of the picture. I specially like this picture because if you don’t look hard enough you can’t tell that it’s a cemetery. Well I hope you like it as much as I do. Please leave comments and questions. Have a great week.