Angela Bonner, QPSA  

Cosmos by Angela Bonner, QPSA

November 2020 - Cosmos

November 2020 - Angela Bonner, QPSA


About the Image(s)

Had a try out with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens that I bought months ago and never got round to using. Not easy lens to use but quite please with his one!
All I did in post processing was a crop and a bit of sharpening to the yellow centre.
Taken with Canon M6 Mk11, Lensbaby Velevet 56, 1/6sec, ISO 100, f5.6

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10 comments posted

Janet McLaughlin   Janet McLaughlin
Angela, I love this shot, and I was going to try this exact thing, but haven't gotten to it, yet! How did you make the background solid black? I've read about ways to do it, but was wondering how you did it! This is stunning! I have the Velvet 85, and was wondering if I should look into the 56. Now, you have me thinking! Great shot!   Posted: 11/01/2020 12:46:51
Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
This was taken indoors and the background is a piece of velvet.
I think to get a black BG outdoors you need the subject to be a distance from the BG and a fast shutter speed and wide open aperture so camera doesn't have time to catch the BG. I might be wrong though!!!
I think the 85 and 56 do the same thing but need to be closer with the 56. Kathleen Clemons is the one to watch for Lensbaby tutorials and advice.   Posted: 11/01/2020 15:43:06

Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Angela, I always love your creativity and quest for the new. I also have the Lensbaby 56, sort of, as I let my son use it and have not seen it since. So, I come from a limited use perspective. I find it at its best when an aperture that really brings out the creaminess of the subject and the background. Here you have an effective black background, but you can get more out of this lens. I also still try to keep the front in focus, and let it fall off. Here the front pedals are out of focus, and I prefer those to be in focus, and let the back pedals be a little more creamy if not all is in total focus. I also find the green just below the flower itself as pulling my eye, and I don't think that is your primary subject. beautiful colors, and I really like the composition, especially having that little bit of yellow!   Posted: 11/05/2020 07:56:44
Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
Constructive and welcome comments from you as usual, thanks!!
I was actually trying to make the yellow centre the sharpist point and that is why the front petal is out of focus. I take your point though as could have had front petal and middle sharp and rest falling away as you suggest. Not an easy lens to get the hang of and not too many flowers around now winter is looming to practice on!!

  Posted: 11/05/2020 10:14:39
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Lens not easy, and its strength is what it does with surroundings if around 4 f stop or thereabouts. fun to play around with, and each subject is different.   Posted: 11/05/2020 10:19:11

Brent Doornbos   Brent Doornbos
I like this a lot. Am a sucker for flower pics, myself. I don't mind the out of focus foreground and sometimes try to do that intentionally (granted mixed results). I have yet to play with a lensbaby . . . maybe someday!   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:59:33

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
(Group 18)
Great image of this floating Cosmos. Just need a keyline to hold it together as viewing it now I cannot see where the image ends.   Posted: 11/12/2020 11:24:46
Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
Thanks for that and yes I do agree!!   Posted: 11/12/2020 15:31:15

Hema Narayanan   Hema Narayanan
Lovely pristine, tender and delicate flower shot well. I have never owned or tried a lensbaby - looks like its a great thing to try?

I felt the picture is a bit tightly cropped? Little room on all sides would be nicer? With the light falling on the green stalk/stem, a tad bit more of showcasing it would have showed contrast and space.   Posted: 11/15/2020 02:49:37

Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
This flower is simply lovely. The delicacy of the petals is very well done and the lighting brings out the texture. Very nice capture.   Posted: 11/15/2020 05:44:16