I would love to think that everything that squirts out of my camera is art with a capitol "A." But I know better. Sometimes I shoot things because I like the color and sometimes because I like the shape and almost always when there's a beautiful person involved.
Udi asked me to review the Lensbaby Composer for his site: http://www.diyphotography.net So I did. He might not like the review. I was amazingly honest. And then, after dinner, I came back out and looked at this photograph and wondered if I would have gotten it with any other lens.
Don't know why I like this so much. I was out shooting test shots and I parked near a little crepe trailer a block off south Lamar. I walked over to the table, picked up a few rocks and put them down, played with the lens and shot them. Then I moved on. It was only a few minutes ago that I really looked at the image in earnest and decided I liked it. A lot. Interested how a brain works.
Sometimes there's no meaning in what we photograph. Just a juxtaposition of color and shape that seems to resonate with something deep down. That's what I did for a few minutes this afternoon.
Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night, if you live in most areas of the U.S.A. Are we the only nation that messes with time?
If not, I just checked and you can still get one with a set of lens adapter rings for less than $40 bucks. It's a deal. I now have two.....
I bought one when I first saw them on Amazon for around $35. I didn't know what I'd do with it at the time but I thought, at that price, it was too good to pass up. In the interim I've used it for lots of different lighting applications. I used it above to add a bit of fill light to Noellia's face on a cold winter day.
I've used it as a work light on location. I've used it as a direct fill on two video projects and I keep looking for clever ways to press it into service.
The batteries for the unit are in the housing on top of the hot shoe. It takes two double "A's" and they last for hours. You have the option of turning on all 48 of the LEDs or turning on one side or the other. The unit comes with an A/C adapter and a set of filter ring adapters for most common lenses up to 62mm. It's small, light and cheap. The white light is as good, colorwise, as that which I get from my bigger panels and, for the size and stingy battery use, it belts out a good amount of light.
When I shoot commercially in dark places I sometimes use one of the ringlights on the front of the lens to use as a focusing aid for my manual focus primes. It also adds sparkle to people's eyes and stops their pupils down a bit so you see more of their irises. It's a more natural look. I'm amazed at how good and how cheap these things are. That makes them one of my favorite devices in the LED space.
I also use it as a reading light. But that's a whole other topic. Get one at this link.
Posted by Kirk Tuck, Photographer/Writer at 13:54