The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966)
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Here are some more printed beauties from my library. Be sure to see mini reviews and photos of my first three favorite books here.
Just last week I was invited to join Pinterest, an online platform for curating and cataloguing images. Over the years I have spent time creating collections of sources that inspire me in my work. This has usually been done by documenting links in emails, bookmarking them in my list of hundreds of websites, or downloading and organizing images for future use.
Pinterest streamlines this process and displays your collections in a visually appealing format. You can follow users that share similar interests in inspiration and allow others to follow you. Pinterest is as much about discovering new things as it is about sharing.
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With film photography I have always missed the unpredictability of the final results of developed prints. The photos may come out over-exposed or under-exposed. Maybe the subject is out of focus or there is a flare in the shot. After a couple of months with a new DSLR and having some time to experiment with different lenses, I am hooked with my Lensbaby and Optic Lens System. This is the closest to getting back to film photography in the digital world.
This fun and creative system requires practice. The bending and focusing of the lens can be somewhat discouraging in the beginning. There is a lot of experimentation involved to judge the manual settings to ensure the correct exposure and focus. You have to manually insert your aperture rings, allowing for custom shaped apertures.
It is the creative effects that I really love. With the optic system you can swap out the lens to create a pinhole effect, or a plastic lens effect. The photos end up with a soft, artistic feel, almost painterly quality. Edges of the image create a blurry motion, with an element with a sharper focus.
Here are some of the highlight shots I have taken with my Lensbaby so far: