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Jagadeesh Andrew Owens
 

A GREAT fun lens! Try it!


 
 
You all know that I love to share a good thing. I got a great new toy this weekend, the original LensBaby. This thing is fun! I'll be posting some photos that I've done with it to see what you think. Also, if there are some of you out there that have one also, I'd love to see the photos! I'll attach one that I did this weekend, to get some feedback. Really, if you've got $95 to drop, and want something not too serious and fun, this lens is the way to go (and I DON'T work for them, LOL!). Photos to follow...


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8/22/2006 8:01:32 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens  
 
 
It seems I can never do this right the first time... Here are the photos!


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8/22/2006 8:10:05 AM

 
TERESA J. SWEET   Can't wait to see the pics, Sipho! I've been wanting a LensBaby for quite a while...just gotta get the spending money for it. LOL. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I'm sure we'll all look forward to the photos!


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8/22/2006 8:10:29 AM

 
Linda Buchanan   I have one, but have had limited success. These pictures make me want to get it out and try it again. Good job.


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8/22/2006 9:52:23 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Thanks, Linda. I had to underexpose by 5 stops!! I used the 2.8 aperture ring. Post some of yours!


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8/22/2006 9:59:35 AM

 
Linda Buchanan   Maybe after I try again. I deleted the HORRIBLE images I first tried!


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8/22/2006 10:19:57 AM

 
Darren J. Gilcher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/1/2005
  Pretty cool Sipho, I gotta get one.


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8/22/2006 1:55:29 PM

 
Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006
  For those of us who don't have $95 to play with, a used skylight or UV filter and a dab of petoleum jelly can give almost similar results.
Rather than coat the whole filter, as we used to for a soft effect, dab it on and leave the 'sweet spot' off center.
You can then rotate the filter to put you unblurred center spot where you need it.


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8/22/2006 3:12:42 PM

 
Linda Buchanan  
 
 
Iam going to try to upload one an image I made with this. I thought I had deleted them all.


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8/22/2006 5:05:39 PM

 
Jessica  A. Eiss
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  Bob, how do you get the petrolium jelly off of the UV filter? What takes it off the best? Thanks, Jess


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8/22/2006 8:26:47 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  I've thought about trying plastic wrap rubber-banded around a lens with a hole in it for that affect.

I'm sure laundry detergent or dish washing liquid would get it off.


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8/22/2006 10:23:36 PM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Love your avatar, Gregory! You always have the best ones. I never thought of using petroleum jelly, but it makes sense, and you could even get creative and color it with food dye or blackberry juice or something of that nature. Great idea, but since I've already spent the money... For future reference, does KY Jelly work? It's widely known that petroleum jelly breaks things down.... ;)


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8/23/2006 7:04:11 AM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  I just ordered a Lensbaby and now I absolutely can't wait to play with it! Any advice for its use Sipho?

KY might be easier to remove later since it is water soluable ;o) LOL


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8/23/2006 7:47:50 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   No advice, I just attached it and shot away. Oh yeah, I shoot a Nikon D70s, so if you shoot digital, you might have some adjustments to make. I had to underexpose by the maximum my camera allows (5 stops) and shoot at a high shutter speed (I was using no aperture ring on the lb, though, for a small sweet spot), and you also have to turn your flash on manual mode for indoor shots or fill flash outside, as there is no TTL metering done by the camera. At least I couldn't figure it out. The only other advice is not to get disgusted after an hour and give up, it takes a couple of tries to get the hang of it.


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8/23/2006 7:52:46 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Linda - were you using the macro lens kit on that shot? I bought it, too, but have yet to try it out yet.


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8/23/2006 8:33:17 AM

 
Linda Buchanan   Yes, I was. I definetly need more practice. I am inspired to get it out again.


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8/23/2006 8:35:16 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   The only thing I have as far as constructive crit on the photo is that it could use a bit more light! Roses aren't my favorite, but that's all personal preference, anyway. Have you seen the shots (macro) in the ads? Of the bugs? I'm thinking (because of the length of the lens and how close you have to be to focus using the macro kit) is that the photographers have set up on a tripod, prefocused on the flower or leaf, and then remotely snapped the shutter when a bug lands... What do you think?


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8/23/2006 8:38:50 AM

 
Linda Buchanan   Yes, you would need a tripod. I used a tripod for this, but not the remote release. That wasn't necessary for the flowers. It is too dark, it was inside by window light. The bugs in the ad are great, but patience must be key to those shots, as you said, waiting for the bug to light on the leaf or whatever.


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8/23/2006 10:02:49 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Anything translucent should work the same. But any kind of jellies you have to keep off your fingers, bags, and equipment.
Food coloring is worth looking into. Blue on one side, yellow on the other.


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8/23/2006 11:37:14 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Honestly, since she mentioned it, KY jelly is probably better for the lens than Vaseline (petroleum) as it IS water soluble... a joke at first...but something to think about...

I didn't mean blackberry jam or jelly. I'd read one time about a now deceased makeup artist who used to crush raspberries, blackberries, etc with vaseline to use on models....


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8/23/2006 11:41:36 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  I didn't mean toast jellies, I meant petroleum or anything that sticks to fingers.


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8/23/2006 12:01:08 PM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   You'll have to excuse me. I'm having an idiot day today. I need to go to sleep and start over.


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8/23/2006 12:06:16 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Whatever you may try to duplicate the 'Lensbaby' sweetspot effect...perhaps it would be safer to use it on say, your UV filter and not directly on a $500 lens! LOL ;o) I still plan on fooling around with my new Lensbaby, but they are interesting alternatives though!

Sipho~ do you have any more LB shots to show yet?


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8/23/2006 12:06:29 PM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Not yet, I'm still deciding. I've got some more cemetery shots that are quite nice, but I want to get out and shoot some more with it.


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8/23/2006 12:14:46 PM

 
Bob Chance
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  I'm sure any kind of mild dish soap should do. Of course, we're talking about a cheap, cheap UV filter or something of that nature that you intend to use just for this purpose. I wouldn't do this to an expensive filter whose main use is to protect the front of the lens without disgrading the picture in any way.
One thing though, while your filter has this film of vaseline or KY on it, it will catch dust and dirt like a magnet in a can of metal filings.


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8/23/2006 2:38:14 PM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens  
 
 
Very true, Bob (about the dust and dirt). And thanks for the idea, I'm going to try it out with one of my old cheapie filters and the kit lens. I'll post the results as soon as I do the photos. Oh, have one last cemetery lensbaby photo I'll post...


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8/24/2006 6:39:49 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Very true, Bob (about the dust and dirt). And thanks for the idea, I'm going to try it out with one of my old cheapie filters and the kit lens. I'll post the results as soon as I do the photos.


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8/24/2006 6:41:10 AM

 
dave    I almost bought one until I was taught by a Actions designer how to mimic the affect. He doesn't want to spread this knowledge because his best bud is selling the lensbaby, but it is possible in PS to do this. It's aout a 32 steps I'm guessing.


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8/24/2006 12:40:46 PM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Hey guys - I liked the original so well I went out and bought the 2.0 version! Also got a ND filter for it (imagine my luck finding a 37mm .9 ND filter in a mom and pop shop!)


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8/25/2006 5:35:08 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Dave - though I love Love LOVE post production editing, I also equally love getting the effect I want in camera whenever possible!


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8/25/2006 5:42:22 AM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Yay! I love getting new equipment! :o) What's the difference between the original and the 2.0?


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8/25/2006 7:06:08 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   The 2.0 has magnetic ring apertures and is therefore easier to change. It has coated glass and a sharper sweet spot.


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8/25/2006 7:17:40 AM

 
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