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The Little Bellringer

By sherlob    
Whilst at play in a local bluebell woods during lockdown exercise - this time I was trying to use a lensbaby Sweet 85 with a macro extender (basically an extension tube for the lensbaby system). I had chosen this optic as it is most closely matched in focal length to my dedicated macro lens. Whilst I was pleased with this result, I suspect the lensbaby effect would be more notable when using the extender with wider focal lengths. Anyone have any experience of this?

Tags: Spring Bluebells Spider Flowers and plants Lensbaby Wildlife and nature Lensbaby macro sweet 80

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chase Plus
16 2.2k 582 England
27 Apr 2020 11:11AM
Very well focused Adam, love the Ant.
Sorry I don't have any experience of using a lens baby but I think one may well be added to my lens collection in the near future.
sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 131 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2020 11:18AM

Quote:Hello There Adam, Just seen your bluebell shot. I think you shot would look better with 5/8 off the right cropped off so the viewer is concentrating on the main focus which is the bluebell in focus. You will still have a decent blurred background.

Just received the above as a PM - I never object to constructive critique on an image so please don't be shy in adding it as a comment.

In response:

I take your point, but in this instance I was hoping to create a sense of context for the flower and I liked the decreasing elements of the bluebells left to right in the frame (3 being a magic number in terms of composition). I did try to manoeuvre the right most bluebell more into the frame (it is I accept too tight to the frame currently), but to do this resulted in the blurred tree trunk to align with the second bluebell. On reflection the image would have worked better orientated as a portrait focused on the singular bluebell with the spider. Still, its from practise that we learn...

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