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Thinking outside the box


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Thinking outside the box

11 Aug 2020 12:17PM   Views : 375 Unique : 257


It’s odd how the best intentions are frustrated by life. People who have looked at my pictures or read my blog and articles on Ephotozine will know I love Lensbabies, of most descriptions: and I struggle to convey the idea behind them…

Recently, another member mentioned a web article about the various lenses and mounts, and was concerned that it said the lens most commonly found in the Muse ‘wasn’t sharp’. That’s not my experience of the Muse, but you certainly need to stop the lens down quite a bit to get more than a vague hint of what Sigma Art users might recognise as ‘sharp’!

I suppose the thing of it is that you are playing with relative sharpness: the contrast between a mildly sharp image and an amount of blur that most lenses can’t deliver under any circumstances. And that can be a powerful combination.

Music can be slow-paced or fast tempo: loud or soft. Is there any reason why pictures shouldn’t make use of the whole range of possibilities, too? Or, indeed, why an image should have a full range of tones, rather than being pitched entirely in one region of the scale? After all, nobody insists that every soprano should hit an occasional bass note in every aria…

The thing that matters is that you choose the options that work for your vision of the image you want to make: the way that a subject looks to you, or the way you feel it could look. If you can imagine it, maybe you can make it real…


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Both images shot with a Lensbaby Spark using a Nikon D7000.

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