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By flowerpower59
Thank you those who commented, voted and awarded my begonia. I do appreciate it.

Mr and Mrs Woolybill have kindly lent me a Lensbaby Composer to aid in the new softer approach to my florals (and anything else!). It's great. This is about my first attempt and I am quite pleased wth it Blush Texture added....because that's what I do! It will take some practise to get anything at all in focus, but if it was easy it wouldn't be so much fun Grin

Tags: Blur Flowers and plants Digital art Weed Yellow flower Ragwort Lensbaby composer Textures and layers

Voters: bliba, debu, AlfieK and 35 more

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AlfieK Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2020 6:36AM
Incredibly beautiful SmileSmile
suemart Plus
4 4 2 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2020 7:06AM
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2020 7:33AM
Really lovely, Fiona: perfectly applied Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2521 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2020 7:34AM
This is beautiful, and it has the LB magic. A little haven of calm in a chaotic world.
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2020 9:02AM
Beautiful. I do like the way this image has been processed.

Nikonuser1 Plus
9 172 16 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2020 9:14AM
Excellen image,SmileSmileSmile but Ragwort is toxicSadSad

Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2020 9:16AM
Lovely result Fiona.
Good idea to borrow a Lensbaby first (kind of the Wollybills to lend you one).
I'm not sure which I would buy aa there seems to be several Lensbabies.
Enjoy your new toy and I'll look forward to future images.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1932 England
21 Jul 2020 9:40AM
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of imperfect optics, Fiona!

As a matter of detail, which lens is it in the Composer mount? I'm guessing that it might be a Sweet, or possibly one of the simple lenses (f/2 with two elements is interesting!)

For anyone in doubt, I'd suggest getting a Lensbaby Spark as a first step - 80, and gives you the full-on Lensbaby experience, with a flexible mount.
21 Jul 2020 9:45AM
Great results from this Fiona. It gives beautiful results and has the richness of colour that reminds me of Manet's floral paintings.
21 Jul 2020 9:56AM

Quote: which lens is it in the Composer mount?

I'm not sure. Maybe B or M could advise if they see this. There is no additional optic i.e. no Sweet, just whatever the Composer has. You have to put those little aperture rings in it if that's a clue.
I also have an old Muse on loan from another friend but have found the bellows extremely difficult. You need 3 hands Grin Do you happen to know what difference I should see btw Composer and Muse?
A beautiful result achieved Fiona.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1932 England
21 Jul 2020 2:46PM
Hi, Fiona -

The difference between Composer and Muse is simply how they work: squishy bellows or mechanical and lockable. The rest depends on which lens unit is fitted: something I didn't realise until I'd owned my Muse for five years or so, and found the lens was removable, if you have the right tool (which is actually just the base of a Lensbaby lens case, with the clear plastic top removed).

The more modern lenses, like the Sweet, are removable without the tool. If you can see a coloured band on the lens, that tells you which lens it is (though I'll have to look it up!).

Maybe I should post a blog with illustrations of the options... Would that help?
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1932 England
21 Jul 2020 3:22PM
A bit of checking later: the most likely lens in there is a Double Glass Optic - there will be a lime green ring visible on the front.

And thank you for inspiring me to read up, photograph, and write a blog for tomorrow...
21 Jul 2020 5:07PM
You are dead right...there is a lime green ring. I look forward to the blog. Any information will be useful.
I have a set of macro adapters waiting for me at the post office (Ordered from Wex 4pm yesterday, attempted delivery 9.05 thismorning. Amazing) Exciting Grin but I suspect might make the job even harder. I presume I will need to use an aperture ring thingy as well as a macro adapter??
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1932 England
21 Jul 2020 8:37PM
I assume it's a set of two extension rings - they fit between the lens and the Composer. They come in the same container as the current lenses do, so you should have the tool for unhitching the lens.

Even less DoF, of course - and you can still use the aperture rings in the lens itself.

I'm less sure if you have got the close-up lenses, which I think are sized for the current lenses.
Fefe Plus
10 73 41 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2020 10:25AM
Very pretty!
chase Plus
16 2.4k 620 England
22 Jul 2020 1:52PM
Very effective use of the lens Fiona, something I would love to have a go at but my OCD for detail may well get the better of me !

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