Nancy Rich  

LensBaby Image by Nancy Rich

February 2021 - LensBaby Image

February 2021 - Nancy Rich


About the Image(s)

This image was taken with a LensBaby Velvet 56. I love the effect of the LensBaby, and I recently purchased the Velvet 85 and the Velvet 56.

I intended to share the image in color, but I decided to put it in black & white and share it this way, as well (listed here as 'original'). I think the tones in the flower/image lend themselves well in both formats. The image was shot at ISO 800 at 1/80th of a second. I hope to spend more time in the upcoming months experimenting with the LensBaby, particularly as I take images of my two-month-old grandson. It seems to do a nice job with close-up portraits.

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6 comments posted

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
The LensBaby series of lens do offer an interesting mix of soft and sharp areas in a photo, and some people just love them (the lenses and the images they create). Personally, I am not a real fan of the effects that they generate so I find them a bit frustrating to work with. They require a fair amount of trial and error to get the right expected mix of clarity in the image. My bent is to add more clarity to the image and these lens are not designed to do so, therefore I get frustrated when I use them. I guess I should not be surprised.

Aside from my personal preferences, the image you have submitted is very ethereal and 'artistic' in its feel. There is just enough detail in the center to allow us to identify the subject while allowing the remaining subject to go so soft that is borders upon the abstract. The technical aspects of the image (composition, hot spots, and color palate) are all well done.
  Posted: 02/10/2021 12:46:30

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This is an artistic image. The monochrome does work, but maybe my preference is to the color version because the subtleties appear better represented. And yet, your monochrome image has a soft, warm, even foggy feel which is also nicely done. I've found B&W images more difficult to exhibit warmth. It's a different image entirely.

I've never used a lens baby, but most who have them love them. You have produced 2 great images - nicely done!   Posted: 02/20/2021 06:58:28
Nancy Rich   Nancy Rich
Thanks, Lynne. I am looking forward to spending more time using my LensBaby lenses. I like what they can produce!
  Posted: 02/22/2021 12:42:34

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Nancy, Before I comment I admit to being one of those people who do not think that images, including the subject do not have to be tack sharp. To my eye your images, both monochrome and color, are well done examples of the above. The color and monochrome are different interpretations. Both images are well done. However, I prefer the monochrome because its greater variety of tonal variations seems to add a higher degree of motion. My guess is that the tonality changes when converting from ProPhotoRGB to sRGB may be more evident in color. While I have no experiments to show this, my thinking is that since black is the absence of color, the tonality change maynot be as noticible.   Posted: 02/20/2021 20:14:25
Nancy Rich   Nancy Rich
Thank you, Peter. I am "taken" with the monochrome image as well!   Posted: 02/22/2021 12:43:13

Jeff Fleisher   Jeff Fleisher
These are very interesting artistic images. I'm more of a 'realist' so I tend to shy away from these types of images but your execution is excellent. Both images are well done and the monochrome gives me more of an ethereal mood. The color one, to my eye, doesn't have as much emotional depth as the monochrome image.   Posted: 02/24/2021 21:02:21