I got my new Lensbaby 2.0, the one I won in the photobloggies. Well, I won an original Lensbaby, but emailed/spoke to Sam Pardue (Lensbabies' co-CEO) and asked him if I could upgrade it to the newer model. He told me that they were majorly backordered on the Lensbaby 2.0 but if I'd be prepared to accept a cosmetically flawed but optically perfect one he'd be happy to upgrade me free of charge. As for the cosmetic flaw: I think I know what it is, but can't be sure – it looks pretty much mint to me – so am really glad I asked.

Anyway, for those of you not familiar with it the Lensbaby, it's a bit like a tilt/shift lens but the effect is a little more radical, particularly in terms of adding some distortion as well as selective focus. I took two shots with it today that I'm happy with: this one, that I took this morning, and a more subtle one that I'll put up tomorrow.

As for this shot: believe it or not the Belle Vue Garage is a working business, despite the rather derelict appearance of its signage :-)

capture date
camera
lens
aperture
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
ISO
flash
image quality
RAW converter
cropped?
11.44am on 19/4/05
Canon 20D
Lensbaby 2.0
f/2.8
1/3200
aperture priority
-2/3
evaluative
100
no
RAW
C1 Pro
minor
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