Have you ever tried a 30 day photography challenge? Challenges are a fantastic way to learn all the ins and outs of a lens while allowing yourself time to grow and find your creative space with the lens.
This is the 2nd #30dayswithlensbaby challenge that I've completed with the Lensbaby Sol 45. If you're unfamiliar with the Lensbaby Sol 45 here is a little background:
Lensbaby.com describes the Sol 45 as selective focus with a tilt, focus and shoot:
Compact lens creates a sweet spot of focus effect surrounded by smooth bokeh
Emphasize what’s most important in your frame with a sharp spot of focus effect
Add subtle lines and texture to your background with the moveable bokeh blades
Versatile 45mm lens is a go-to for just about anything
When I join a 30 day challenge, I participate in a way that works for my lifestyle. I will fully commit to using just that one lens on all my personal and creative work until I have photographed and edited 30 images. I share my images along the way to instagram and use the #30dayswithlensbaby tag which allows others to follow along. The tag is also an amazing place for inspiration as many other artists are also completing their own version of the challenge.
As I mentioned, this is now the 2nd challenge I've completed. For the first one I focused mostly on learning how to focus properly. I wanted to ensure I understood how to control focus depending on where my lens was tilted as well as when locked in centre. I recommend starting with focusing in the centre position if you are new to the Sol 45.
This time around, I focused more on adding movement which is challenging but rewarding! The images where I have incorporated movement have become my favourites. The Sol 45 captures movement so beautifully using gorgeous blur and bokeh to emphasis my subjects.
If you are new to Lensbaby I want to share that there is a learning curve. Please don't get discouraged. Lensbaby lenses take a bit more effort to learn because they are manual and it can be overwhelming at first. That said, I believe the effort is 100% worth it. Whatever your creative vision may be, I believe there is a Lensbaby out there that will help you achieve your unique vision. Taking the time to learn your lens is key and that's where the #30dayswithlensbaby challenge come into play and becomes so beneficial.
If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved in a #30dayswithlensbaby challenge please send me a message here or on instagram. I would love to chat and help you get started.
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Below I share all 30 images. Thanks so much for reading and following along!
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