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.


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.