Using the Lensbaby Edge 50 Lens For My Flower Photography
As a long-time large format photographer, my brain is wired to seeing my subjects with total control over the focal plane. I used a previous generation of Lensbaby lenses, but I lost interest because of the requirement of manually installed magnetic apertures. I kept losing them and that basically interrupted my creative workflow.
I recently bought the new lineup of Lensbaby optics because the aperture is now in the lens and they further improved the product line by implementing an optic swap system.
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In the photo at the top of this article, I used the Edge 50 lens with an extension tube attached to allow me to fill the frame with the flower. I was able to tilt the lens to mirror the plane of the stamen and get that sharp while the rest of the flower was soft because I used the aperture wide open. The creative possibilities with this lens, just like large format, is only limited by the photographer's imagination.
I am not into the miniaturization effects that are possible with this lens and other tilt-shift lenses. I use this lens as a tool to communicate the essence of my subjects in a portable was that was only possible with my large format view cameras before. Now I have another tool that I can use that is highly portable and fun to use.
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