You may quote me "One day you get the Lensbaby, but most days the Lensbaby gets you". Last week mostly, out of curiosity,I let a Lensbaby Composer Pro /w Sweet 35 Optic come into my life. And as after other life changing moments such as Marriage and Childbirth, things are never quite the same. I love the endless possibilities this little tilt shift lens hints at, but in practice worthwhile results are seeming to elude me.
On Saturday I went on Andy Smith's Visual Reality (re)Photowalk in Gettysburg Pa. with the intent of making this a "Lensbaby" only event. To compound the issue I decided to also shoot 3 shot bracketed images for HDRs. Because this was my first real world outing with this little lens my lack of familiarity with it's operation became apparent quite rapidity. Let me explain, as this is a manual lens, F stop's and focus are entirely up to the user. But what really bit me was setting the shutter. A very high percentage of images were either under or overexposed. To late i discovered if the cameral was set to AV mode, a decent shutter speed was set But that was a day later, on Saturday my total capture of "Keepers" could be counted on my fingers. Oh well, live and learn. Maybe next time.