Hello and welome to My View for Saturday April 30, 2011.
As I have been remiss in regular postings to this blog this year, I wanted to get one more in for the month of April.
First, some news. My main website, which has not been updated since 2006, got a major facelift this week. My friend, web mistress, and former co-worker in the corporate world — seems like a lifetime ago — , Kel Kyle, created this new look. Kel has been taking care of my site for several years. She, along with another good friend and writer, Joann Ellis, worked together to create this new look. If you are in need of a website, I can highly recommend Kel. Thank you so much, Kel and Jo, for all the work you put into this!!!!
Next, I would like to share a technique for focusing the Lensbaby that I learned from a participant on the Callaway Gardens and Warm Springs workshop earlier in April. Mitch, one of the participants, turned in Lensbaby images for critique sessions that had an amazing amount of sharpness in them, even when the Lensbaby was bent off center. I commented on this as I was critiquing Mitch’s images. As my eyes age, I find it more and more difficult to focus the Lensbaby if it is bent to one side. Later, Mitch was kind enough to show me how he did this — a very simple technique that makes one say “DUH! Why did I not think of that!!” Now, I call it “Mitch’s Technique”!!
What Mitch does is to compose his image with the Lensbaby, focus it as well as he can and then — using Live View on his camera – magnify the area where he wants focus and continue to refine the focus. A simple and elegant technique!! Thanks Mitch. Of course, this technique can be used with the Lensbaby as well as any other lens. Just make sure your other lens is set to manual focus.
This is a shot I took using Mitch’s technique after I returned home from the Callaway workshop. Fortunately, the azaleas in my yard were still in bloom.
As always, I very much appreciate your comments and critiques. They make me a better photographer, aid in my growth as a person and offer me new experiences.
Azaleas in the Yard
April, 2011, Roswell, Georgia
Canon 5D Mark II, Lensbaby Composer with f/2.8 aperture ring, ISO 100, 1/180 sec, Bogen Neotec tripod
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