My family think that I have too much camera ‘stuff’ (I don’t dare ask them too often!) – and it doesn’t help if I say things like ‘but XYZ has so much more than I do…!’ Of course, I think I have appropriate amounts of ‘stuff’ for what I want to do… 🙂
But sometimes, I realise that there are certain pieces of equipment that I have but don’t use as much as I might (don’t tell the family!). This morning I was out with my neighbour, Mabel Forsyth, wandering around Newhailes Estate in the snow. I had my Nikon digital camera with me. At times, it snowed whilst we were there, as this shows:
As we were returning to the car, the trees by the path caught our attention. I thought I’d try something a bit different, and got the Lensbaby out. I’ve had this lens for a while, but I am weary of all the contrived flower shots – it’s art, don’t you know?! – that so many people use Lensbaby optics for (I caricature, but not by much), and that puts me off getting it out too often. I should not be swayed by that, I know. This is the Lensbaby image from this morning that I like most:
Processing has been minor: small changes to tones and curves, and other than that it has been cropped to a more pleasing 4×5 ratio, and turned clockwise by 90 degrees. As will be obvious from the first image, we were not in a snow storm (the snow was rather gentle!), but for me this second rather more abstract image communicates something more about the dynamic of snow coming down than the first one, and I rather like it.
So now I can prove to my family that some of that ‘stuff’ can be used to create nice abstract images… 😉
PS My favourite image from this morning’s excursion is this one, that I put up on my other site earlier today: