Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Nobody Puts Lensbaby In The Corner....


For my birthday, I was gifted a new lens for my camera and boyyyyy is she fun! I've been looking at a lensbaby lens for months now and just couldn't decide which one I wanted to start with. Then they came out with their newest lens the Soft Focus II and I was smitten:) We decided to purchase the optic version along with the Composer Pro II. This will allow me to add different optics in the future (when my bank account will allow;) The Composer Pro II also allows you to tilt and swivel the lens body, which will move the area of focus. This is the tricky part -- focus is very, very challenging! As you will see below, I didn't always nail it.

Shooting a F2.5/2.8 will give you an very artistic, ethereal glow to your images. It's hard to master and I'm practicing as much as possible! My sweet spot for now is at F4/F5.6 -- there's crispness to your intended subject with a lot of bokeh in the background! 

I can't wait to purchase another lens, I'm eyeing the Burnside 35 right now and we'll see what the rest of 2022 brings:) If you've ever thought about adding this artistic lens to your arsenal, I can't recommend them enough! It will take your creativity to the next level!

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Monkey Island. It's Not What You Think...


Greeting and salutations! Again, it's been a hot minute hasn't it?! It is what it is I guess. What can I say? I do have soooo much content to share with you and I'm super exited to get started. So, let's just dive right into this...

My guy and I belong to a photo club and some of our outings are really awesome!! A few weekends ago we took a tour with Erik Moore and Moore To See Photo Expeditions to Monkey Island. 

Monkey Island is a remote, natural island located in Currituck Sound, North Carolina and is part of the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. Contrary to its name, there are no monkeys on Monkey Island. It is named for the Pamunkey nation that once inhabited the area, and used the island for summer hunting. {via: Wikipedia}

At this time of the year, the island is full of herons, white egrets, snowy egrets and osprey...all making nests and raising their spring babies. The island is uninhabited and it's illegal to get off your boat and go ashore. This is where Erik and his knowledge comes in very handy. He knows all the great spots to go to and has a lot of background information to share. He's a photographer too, so he's aware of all the good vantage points to get that great shot!

We've been on two tours with him so far and cannot recommend it enough! If you have the chance, book a tour with him and bring your camera....so worth it!