Friday, May 11, 2018

Bringing Back Joy

Many of you know that I broke my ankle a few weeks ago. Though I can get around with my cast, I can't really walk on uneven ground or get down on the ground to make photos. With Spring flowers popping up all over my yard, it's been difficult not to be able to do any shooting.

This morning I hobbled outside and cut a gorgeous Tulip I had been admiring from the window. I placed it in a small vase and set up a mini studio on a table in my living room. I used my Plamp attached to a tripod to hold a background in place, and the natural light from the large windows in the room worked beautifully. I also used a reflector to bounce some light under the flower as needed. I pulled a up chair and shot the Tulip with several different lenses and backgrounds, as well as my iPhone. I worked my subject with over 250 photos!

Here is a shot of my set up:

I shot with my Lensbaby Velvet 85, Composer Pro 2 and Sweet 80, 35 and 50 optics, experimenting with my compositions and backgrounds. Here are a few samples:

I also used my Lensbaby Mobile kit, shooting with both the LM-10 for max blur, and the LM-20 for more in focus:

Being able to make photos again brought me great joy, I'm so happy to have found a way to do it!

Happy Shooting,