Saturday in the Park – hotter than the 4th of July

20120625-175536.jpg

This weekend the real heat of summer settled over the Ozarks. We hit triple digits and in this humidity that an be brutal. I met a friend at a local lake – she was introducing some friends to kayaking. I knew I couldn’t take the heat on the water so I stayed on the docks and played with some newer gear.

20120625-175725.jpg
This is a shot of the docks taken with my Lensbaby set up, shown at the top of the blog. It’s a tilt-shift system – meaning that you tilt the lens so that it is no longer parallel to the sensor, this gives you a slice of focus that is tilted away from the sensor. This look is used a lot in those photos that look like dioramas or miniatures. I think that look is cool and I’ll probably try it at some point but for now I am interested in experimenting with the shift. I’m not interested in sacrificing composition for a novelty effect.

20120625-180113.jpg

20120625-180144.jpg
These shots let you see how the focus is off center – the second one really shows how the focus is tilted when you look at the license plate.

20120625-180251.jpg
This is a stack of John boats and canoes on the shore. I made the grass near the canoe my focus, letting everything blur towards the edges.

Of course I cannot go anywhere without trying to practice capturing images of flying things and the Lensbaby is just not the tool for that –

20120625-180455.jpg
Song sparrow

20120625-180532.jpg

20120625-180548.jpg
Resting dragonfly

20120625-180615.jpg
Nectar filled blooms

I’m always game to try new things photographically – it pushes you to master a new skill set. I’m just a noob when it comes to tilt-shift, but I’m intrigued and curious about the potential. I think that’s a good thing for an artist.

As I hit the road for the drive home though, the tilt-shift is packed away – my long zoom is in place in case I get a shot at Bambi.

6 thoughts on “Saturday in the Park – hotter than the 4th of July

  1. i love my lensbaby (the muse) but it’s been sadly neglected of late, thinking I may need to get it out soon! the shot of the dock is a perfect example of that gorgeous LB sweet spot and blur.

    • Thanks so much. I just got mine last week – The dock shot was from my first day with it and it’s the only handheld shot I tried – I’m experimenting with macro now. I love that this is challenging me to learn a new process.

Picture your comments here:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s