Lensbaby – Industrial Pieces

 Lensbaby Composer –  Double Glass Optic With Macro Converter

I brought out the Lensbaby Composer today, and am using the double glass optic combined with the macro converter…  I’ve been collecting some industrial “stuff” to use for art pieces.   This is one of my scrap finds… Not sure what I’m doing with it yet!  I’m hoping to use it in a mixed media art piece of some sort.  I just recently added the Lensbaby macro converter to my collection, and thought I’d see what kind of look it would give to this piece.  I’m actually pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I like the metal, rust, and texture of it.

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Industrial Piece & The Lensbaby

Lensbaby Macro Converter – Texture

Texture and the Macro Converter for Lensbaby

The Macro Converter for the Lensbaby was my choice again for week three of this project.  I was working with different textures, and the macro converter was the perfect choice here. This is a screen that is above my shower.  Normally, when the water and soap hit it, my first thought is not to grab my camera!  When I saw texture of the bubbles on the screen, I grabbed the Lensbaby!  I love the strange movement in it.   It’s almost as if it’s growing some weird alien matter.

Macro Converter for the Lensbaby

Lensbaby Macro Converter and Texture

Lensbaby Macro and Film Reels

More Lensbaby Macro and Film Reels…

Ok, I am obsessed with the Lensbaby Macro!  I’m literally looking for things I can get up close to and photograph.  For week four, I decided to bust out the film reels again.  I have a lot of them… And, there is so much you can do with them.   I had to experiment for awhile to get the look I was after.   I stacked the Macro onto the Double Optic, and discovered there is a bit of a learning curve to find the sweet spot.  There are just so many different ways to play with this lens.   I’m already wondering which Lensbaby to get next!  I am definitely feeling like a little kid in a toy store!  Give me more!

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Lensbaby Macro and Film Reels

Lensbaby Macro Converter – 52 Week Project – Manipulated Reality

Week  two has been a lot of experimenting with Lensbaby Macro Converter, and learning it’s capabilities.  I really like some of the results I’m getting.  There really isn’t much not to like about any Lensbaby!  I’ve continued to work with some industrial pieces, and  it’s been more fun than I expected.  This one is from an old film reel.  I found it at a stored called  Art From Scrap in Santa Barbara, CA.  The store is a treasure chest of all kinds of scrap material!  I spend way to much money there, but it’s such a fun place!

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Film Reel and The Lensbaby Macro Converter

 

Lensbaby Macro Converter – 52 Week Project – Manipulated Reality

Lensbaby Macro Converter – My New Toy!

I just added a Lensbaby macro converter to my Lensbaby composer.  Now it’s time to play! I’m part of a 52 Week Photo Project on Facebook.  Most of us are professional photographers, or very enthusiastic amateurs.  We all participated in a 365 Project the year before… One photo a day for the entire year.  Not many finished the entire year, myself included.  It was harder than we anticipated.  We’re going to try for one a week this year!  I’m attempting the entire project using the Lensbaby!   I’ll post some of my project Lensbaby photographs on the blog.  I’m starting  with the Lensbaby composer, and a double glass optic.

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Lensbaby Composer and A Boy on the Beach

Venice Beach Day Trip

Day Trip to Venice Beach, CA

When my friends suggested a day trip to Venice Beach, I couldn’t resist.  It had been several years since I had last been there, so I packed up the Lensbaby and headed out. Venice Beach is a visual paradise, with no shortage of characters.

We started our day on the boardwalk.  With so many shops, restaurants, and things to check out, you can wander for hours.  And, it’s definitely a great place to people watch!

Next it was time to hit the beach, and bust out the surfboards.  The waves weren’t huge, but they were big enough for the kids.

We finished our day with a Margherita Pizza and Beer at Danny’s on Windward Avenue.  Yum! What a perfect way to end a super fun day!

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Venice Beach Artist

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Venice Beach Art Mural

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Dancing with the Devil, Venice Beach

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Venice Beach Wall Graffiti Wall

 

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Venice Beach Surfer

Playing With The Lensbaby!

It’s Lensbaby Time

This is not what you expect to see at a beach in Santa Barbara.  It doesn’t exactly cry out paradise!  It does however, make me want to grab my Lensbaby!  The pipeline runs along a small portion of the beach near Stearn’s Wharf.  I love the industrial look of the pipes, combined with the motion of the plants.  I used the Lensbaby Composer with Double Optic.

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Pipelines on the Beach

Rincon Surfers

Surfers at Rincon

Rincon is one of the best places to photograph surfers… And, surf too!  It’s also just a great day trip, and not very far from Santa Barbara.  The Lensbaby is my favorite lens to use at Rincon. It’s perfect for playing with the motion of the water, and photographing the surfers.

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Waiting For A Wave

 

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Surfer Going In

 

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Rincon Surfers

 

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Surfing Rincon

Monarch Butterfly Migration – Goleta, CA

Monarch Butterfly Migration – Coronado Butterfly Preserve
It’s that magical time of year at the Coronado Butterfly Preserve in Goleta, California. It is  just a short drive from Santa Barbara, and is a great day trip.
The Monarch butterfly migration has begun, and it is spectacular!  Thousands of butterflies hang in clumps among the leaves of eucalyptus trees.  Others flutter about everywhere.  It’s one of the most amazing things to witness in nature.  There are approximately 30,000  Monarch butterflies gathered in the grove, with more arriving daily.  It seemed like a good reason to go for a hike, and a good excuse to play with my new Lensbaby.
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Ready For Flight

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Monarch Butterly

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Trail To The Beach

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Big Waves

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Flock Of Seagulls