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By dudler
Thanks to Moira (mrswoollybill), I have been looking at pictures by Oliver Tudoras (bliba) for several years.

As happens with EPZ, looking at pictures led to frequent exchanges of messages, and friendship. We've never met, although we came close when I was on a river cruise up the Danube a couple of years ago. I regret, very much, that the rather tight scheduling of the cruise company meant that we didn't meet.

Ollie is a wonderfully creative photographer, and we share a love of Lensbaby optics. And recently, he asked me for my address, as he wanted to send me something. 'Something' turned out to be a Lensbaby Spark complete with a Sweet 35 lens unit, and some accessories.

So here, especially for Smilellie, is the view out of my front room window. The raindrops which seem to have become a routine decoration over hte last few days, and the blue hour beyond, with the nearest street lamp smeared into anonymity, and hte telephone wires that always annoy me sufficiently defocussed to disappear.

Thank you Smilellie! This is for you, and also for all the other friends I've made across the world thanks to this website and our shared hobby. Here's to a shared future, however dark our shared world may seem at times.

Tags: Lensbaby Blue hour Walsall Landscape and travel

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Jasper87 Plus
11 2.8k 158 England
18 Feb 2020 8:02AM
The myopian world of lensbaby....very effective.
woolybill1 Plus
14 38 78 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 8:07AM
I concur utterly and completely with every word, John.
Regards
Bill
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
18 Feb 2020 8:21AM
I always preferred to work with the 1 .Lensbaby's ... esp with the Original and the Spark with the 35 optic.
The composer is a successful and very good tool but the composer has always limited me in my creativity.
With the Spark I was always faster and much more spontaneous when I focused - just had fun doing it .....

JGrinhn, I wish you much joy and creativity

have a goodweek

Winkllie
18 Feb 2020 8:26AM
I somehow cannot see me acquiring this lens
However, a wonderfully creative image John

Colin Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 8:35AM
This is so dynamic, the flying rain drops, the exploding disc of light. Lensbabies do that to light... I must get my Composer out again...
18 Feb 2020 8:57AM
a heart melting tale of an online relationship between two photographers resulting in one of them having a lensbaby..
p.s. and a wonderful image of the baby's first encounter with the amazing world of photography
Smile
my respect to your photographic talents and very best wishes to both of you
L
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
18 Feb 2020 9:28AM
This is a perfect example of what makes the ePz family so unique in online terms, I feel. People often belittle the social "mutual back-scratching" environment here, but that is far better than a site full of bitterness and disgruntled souls...

And what a generous gesture on the part of Ollie, to send such a present to a friend and fellow photographer he knows will greatly enjoy using.
kaybee Plus
17 7.9k 26 Scotland
18 Feb 2020 9:53AM
My Lensbaby is the original - like a piece of washing machine pipe you bend and twist and try to hold steady when you find what you want. Changing the aperture requires prising out a washer and replacing it with another one.
Basically - like fighting with an octopus.
I haven't used it in a long time but I may just go and try to find all the components and have another go.
Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
18 Feb 2020 10:19AM
Looks very much like my windows the last couple of weeks Smile
Rain, rain, rain. Creativ photo and a fine story too John.

Arne Smile
mac Plus
19 13 Scotland
18 Feb 2020 10:26AM
After viewing your image and notes I must have look into the lensbaby world. Very creative and it is all on your doorstep or should I say window ledge?
Ian
18 Feb 2020 11:06AM
I hope you do understand that it is now expected of you that you send a Hasselblad camera in return, as is customary in Austria Smile
love the photo btw
clicknimagine Plus
11 878 105 India
18 Feb 2020 11:19AM
Love the effect, and a beautiful abstract...
18 Feb 2020 11:56AM
A fascinating result here, John the subject of which is in the mind of the beholder. Imagine it, and it is it.
And yes, what an original and talented tog, Ollie is. A sometimes, true boundary pusher.
Now who does that remind me of? Wink

JohnSmile
18 Feb 2020 12:16PM
John, imhave found the friendships on EPZ in many ways the most rewarding aspect of being a part of this community.....friends all over th world.....maybe the ideal of what the Internet could create, and so,rarely actually happens.

And, this makes me interested in looking at a Lensbaby......

Peter
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
18 Feb 2020 12:31PM
First, to those who have given awards here, thank you! There will be individual messages to all of you.

Second, to Leo, for giving me a great and creative laugh. As with so many others, I am shamed by your mastery of my language, and my lack of knowledge of yours.

On the technical side, I know very well that a Lensbaby is much easier to use on a mirrorless camera - the viewfinder makes focussing so much easier than it is with a DSLR - stopped down, that 'bright'optical viewfinder becomes rather dim!

And yes, the Muse and the Spark liberate the photographer in a way that the Composer definitely doesn't. To my mind, the Composer is a control freak's response to liberty: you can get it to do things in precisely hte way you want. Eventually. Spark (currently available, and 80 in the UK) and Muse challenge you to trust your instincts and leap from the cliff.

And to Koen, my thanks for such a wonderfully arch and straightfaced piece of humour!

And to everyone who is considering laying hands on their disused Lensbaby, give it a go. It's the photogrpahic equivalent of dropping acid, and has immense health benefits, as well as being legal...
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 12:39PM
What a lovely gesture sending you the Lensbaby Spark - I hope he'll he suitably rewarded.
Your image is an inspiration for what to do on winter days.
KateGrin
18 Feb 2020 1:59PM

Quote:First, to those who have given awards here, thank you! There will be individual messages to all of you.

Second, to Leo, for giving me a great and creative laugh. As with so many others, I am shamed by your mastery of my language, and my lack of knowledge of yours.

On the technical side, I know very well that a Lensbaby is much easier to use on a mirrorless camera - the viewfinder makes focussing so much easier than it is with a DSLR - stopped down, that 'bright'optical viewfinder becomes rather dim!

And yes, the Muse and the Spark liberate the photographer in a way that the Composer definitely doesn't. To my mind, the Composer is a control freak's response to liberty: you can get it to do things in precisely hte way you want. Eventually. Spark (currently available, and 80 in the UK) and Muse challenge you to trust your instincts and leap from the cliff.

And to Koen, my thanks for such a wonderfully arch and straightfaced piece of humour!

And to everyone who is considering laying hands on their disused Lensbaby, give it a go. It's the photogrpahic equivalent of dropping acid, and has immense health benefits, as well as being legal...



Humour? I once visited Ollie in Austria. He offered me a sweet. Think he picked it up from the street tbh. No wrapper around it, it looked like someone already chewed on it and it came with what i believe to be some dog's hairs. I ended up having to offer him a Lensbaby Spark complete with a Sweet 35 lens unit, and some accessories in return, as is aparently customary. Now that i think about it... I do wonder sometimes what happened to the lb Smile

mistere Plus
8 7 4 England
18 Feb 2020 3:35PM
Another Alien Landscape John?. I'm sure Ollie's gift will be put to use in many
more creative and interesting ways. I've seen that view a few times. I didn't realise what it was
until i read your notes. SmileSmile

Dave.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
18 Feb 2020 5:30PM
As hwatt once put it, light, composition and location are the important elements, Dave, in that order...
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 7:03PM
Beautifully mystical, and sentiment,
and what a lovely gesture from Ollie.
Ju
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
18 Feb 2020 7:43PM
A rain spottled window, great lensbaby territory Smile
18 Feb 2020 9:54PM
Enchanting image and lovely presentation.

LorySmile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2020 4:58PM
As an afterthought - what goes around comes around... My first Lensbaby experience was with a Muse, that Ollie had sent to Dave Humphreys (no longer active here). Dave was visiting these parts because his wife is from our town.
Ollie offered to send me one to try out, but by then I had already bought.
Oliver Tudoras - the Lensbaby Godfather...

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