The Grove according to Alfred


Yesterday I posted some of my shots from the Grove. Alfred had other ideas and was mixing Lensbaby with traditional lens work and here are some of his picks. Enjoy!

Photographed while waiting to turn, real nice vintage Ford pick up truck, sweet !! Lensbaby Edge 80

Family enjoying ice cream at a bench. NEX-7 Lensbaby Edge 80

Motorcycle cruising the Grove. Image focused manually while panning. NEX-7 Lensbaby Edge 80

Customers watching the afternoon NBA game at a local watering hole. NEX-7 Lensbaby Edge 80

Old Shimano shifter. RX-1 on close up setting wide open.

Lady cruising by, taken from the hip while walking. RX-1 f 5.6

Old Lincoln Continental very well kept.   RX-1 wide open at f/2
Old Lincoln Continental very well kept. RX-1 wide open at f/2

Lensbabies make it to the Grove


Sunny Sunday afternoon in Coconut Grove, armed only with the Sony NEX 7 and a Lensbaby Composer Pro, with two optics, Sweet 35, which I’m more familiar with, and trying to get used to the Edge 80. This one is not as easy to master as the 35, but it can yield very unusual results, since you get a slice of focal plane as opposed to 35 where is mostly a sweet spot. I normally work wide open, exaggerating the effect, but I promise one of these days I will try for smaller apertures and a more discreet or subtle bokeh.
All the images have been initially processed in Lightroom, then taken into CS6 to be primed either with Totally RAD’s Radlab or Silver Efex 2, or both. I’m liking working the image in color, then taking it to BW and actually liking the B&W renditions from Radlab, even a bit more than Silver Efex, although they don’t have as many presets. You can save your recipe too, btw.
Here are a few keepers. We need to go out and practice more, but it looks like the Edge is going to bring us lots of fun.
If you want to know how to work them or to get one, visit the Lensbaby website, lots of good info, forums and examples.

Old Continental, Sweet 35, edited in Radlab
Old Continental, Sweet 35, edited in Radlab

Sweet 35, edited in Radlab
Sweet 35, edited in Radlab

Lensbaby Edge, from the ground, edited in Radlab.
Lensbaby Edge, from the ground, edited in Radlab.

Edge 80, edited in Radlab
Edge 80, edited in Radlab

Edge 80, processed in Silver Efex 2 and Radlab
Edge 80, processed in Silver Efex 2 and Radlab

Edge 80, wide open, processed in Radlal
Edge 80, wide open, processed in Radlal

Edge 80, processed in Radlab
Edge 80, processed in Radlab

Edge 80, processed in Silver Efex 2
Edge 80, processed in Silver Efex 2

Edge 80, processed in Silver Efex 2 and Radlab
Edge 80, processed in Silver Efex 2 and Radlab

Edge 80, processed in Radlab and Silver Efex 2
Edge 80, processed in Radlab and Silver Efex 2

Edge 80, edited in Radlab
Edge 80, edited in Radlab

Edge 80, processed in Radlab
Edge 80, processed in Radlab

Edge 80, edited in Radlab
Edge 80, edited in Radlab

Edge 80, edited in Radlab
Edge 80, edited in Radlab

Bikes chained. Sweet 35, edited in Radlab
Bikes chained. Sweet 35, edited in Radlab