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My apologies for not posting anything recently but it's been one of those weeks; i.e. too much to do, and not enough time to do it in, and despite my best efforts I don't really seem to have achieved all that much since getting back from our recent trip to Centre Parcs. Anyway, rather than spend another afternoon trying to write, and not getting anywhere, I decided to take Libby and the kids up to Fleetwood to stretch their legs. I also decided to take my new Lensbaby Composer for a spin. I've used various Lensbabies in the past, but never quite got the hang of them - the Lensbaby 2.0 was just too difficult to use, and the 3G was too fiddly - but I found the Composer much easier. You can move the sweet spot by moving the front element, as you can with all Lensbabies, but once you've moved it it stays put. The focussing is also a lot easier with this one; i.e. you focus by adjusting a ring at the front of the lens. In short, it's a lot easier to get exactly the effect you want without having to fight with the lens to achieve it.

I'll write more about it when I post my next shot, but in the meanwhile, do let me know what you think of this one.

Oh, and if you're interested, we're going to be giving away a Composer and Optic Kit in our forthcoming competition, details of which are available on our main tutorials page.

On a totally different matter: a while ago I mentioned that I'd be instructing at the Gulf Photo Plus 2009 training event in Dubai (March 30th to April 4th). If you're interested in attending they've just published the schedule as a downloadable PDF. It looks like it's going to be a great event :)

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Canon 1Ds Mark II
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1x1 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Mirko Herzner at 10:01 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2009

Quite an impressive work here. The scene has some softness and such a nice toning. All warm and comfy...

comment by PhilB at 10:18 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2009

Very nice work Dave. Love the softness and dreamy nature. Well suited to a Lensbaby shot.

comment by 613photo at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2009

Beautiful. Can't really think of anything to say other than that. Very calming photograph.

comment by Thatch at 10:55 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2009

Wonderfull image great tone and Colour.

comment by Craig at 11:10 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2009

This is beautiful, the golden tones are gorgeous and I like the lendbaby effect. It's amazing the totally different scene we have here compared to other shots of the same subject. I'm not expert (as I'm sure you're well aware) but whilst I like much of your work I wouldn't necessarily hang it on my wall, this I would. :)

comment by Jennifer at 11:22 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2009

Very pretty :o)

comment by Briony at 12:01 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

wow this is amazing! the coloring is other worldly :)

comment by Ilan at 12:02 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

I love this kind of minimalism. It sets a certain mood.
With those yellow skies, and calm waters, there is a feeling of melancholy, sadness maybe.
Very simple, yet clever work. Love it.

comment by Michael Paulison at 02:18 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

Your use of color and softness is always masterful.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 03:31 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

It was the stunning simplicity and then the golden toning that struck me. It wasn't until I read your comments that I realized the localized focus of the Lensbaby. Excellently done. I always love the skill, the technique, when "it" doesn't scream out "look at me...I'm a ____".

I've been looking to buy a Lensbaby for a while now but just haven't gotten off dead center. Maybe this one will inspire me. Two thumbs up!!

comment by Audesou at 11:56 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

Simply nice! ;-)

comment by atzu at 12:13 PM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

Hi, David !
Love the composition, and the tones,...that kind of warm light, the softness, it's a beautiful sight !

comment by e at 03:42 PM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

Hi David -
Good review of the new Lensbaby. Love the peacefulness of the water, and the hazy sky. More of this please (and a bit less HDR if you really want to know).
E - out

comment by Carlos Garcia at 03:45 PM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

You did it! You photographed peace. Beautiful.


comment by Frida at 05:42 PM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

Beautiful colors and tones in this peaceful image.

comment by micha at 06:36 PM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

...as everybody said before, the tones are just impressive. Love the texture, composition and colours. Have a nice weekend.

comment by birgit at 06:45 PM (GMT) on 14 February, 2009

very unusual colors in your blog :) but nice!

comment by Claus at 12:16 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2009

The stillness is just breathtaking here!

comment by [ PIXEL VIKING ] at 07:16 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2009

Beautiful image. However, I'm not sure the subject is such a good choice for use with the Lensbaby. The sweet spot is less obvious here than it would have been on - say architecture. I too have a Lensbaby 2.0 and have found it somewhat difficult to use. The new models seem a bit expensive for what is basically a 'speciality lens'...

comment by djn1 at 09:00 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2009

Thanks everyone.

Dan: they're fun, and I'd definitely recommend you give one a try.

e: don't worry, I"m a bit bored with HDR stuff too :)

[ PIXEL VIKING ]: that was kind of the point with this one; i.e. I didn't want it to look like a typical Lensbaby shot :)

comment by Kristian at 09:53 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2009

Impressive shot with the composer. I find my own very hard to focus, perhaps a symptom of using a very wide aperture. This capture is excellent as always. Love the orange and yellow tones you're showing.

comment by Justin Photis at 10:34 AM (GMT) on 16 February, 2009

ok, I like the above shot for its simplicity and lovely tone, but this Lensbaby thing ? I just don't really 'get it'. We all know you're a Photoshop expert David, so isn't what the lensbaby does simply to replicate with a blur filter or two in post production ? That way you wouldn't have to carry or buy an extra lens.

comment by djn1 at 10:39 AM (GMT) on 16 February, 2009

Justin: that's very true, but it's not as much fun doing it that way :)

comment by Robbie Veldwijk at 08:03 PM (GMT) on 18 February, 2009

Very empty but also so full...

comment by Denis at 05:16 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2009

Simply beautiful and beautifully simple. A great one as usual

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comment by desfocado at 09:02 PM (GMT) on 27 February, 2009

Very nice and peaceful shot.

comment by aurore at 12:37 PM (GMT) on 28 February, 2009

c'est absolument magnifique!