Earlier this week I decided to try and kick start my brain's creativity and reignite my excitement for my photography hobby with a Lensbaby Lens. My mom brought these lenses to my attention a while back. I hesitated because with my camera, a Nikon D5100, I have to shoot completely in manual mode in order to use the Lensbaby. Plus use of a Lensbaby requires manual focus, and I just wasn't sure my eyes were up to manual focus.
The ability to shoot unique and creative photos finally won out and I got a great deal by ordering through the Lensbaby website. I got a book on Lensbaby and poured over the pictures to find my favorites. I kept leaning toward the Composer Pro lense with the double glass optic. (Which is a less expensive and slightly older option - but I just liked the blur in those pictures better.) Plus I picked up the optic kit and the accessory kit.
I am very intrigued by the pinhole optic - hello Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day - I've got seven months to practice until I can post my photo for all the world :)
With the accessory kit I also got some macro lenses, a wide angle, and telephoto attachment to expand my options.
After a rough first hour when I was convinced my camera could not shoot with the flash in Manual - google fail - the lenbaby website mentioned the custom menu where I quickly figured out how to use my flash. No successful pictures my first day, but today, day two, boy did I get a couple of beauties. I couldn't believe that full manual, an odd, bendy lense, and yet I loved the uniqueness in what I captured.
I think this is the flare that I read about. Whoops I wasn't paying attention to the location of the sun. But I kind of like it!