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An Elephant in the Jungle

Posted in Family, Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on June 14, 2009

What do you think of this elephant? It is another Lensbaby attempt. I was trying very hard to get the focul point on the elephants eye. I did not succeed very well, but out of all the photos I took today, this was the closest. This is a wooden sculpture with actual ivory husks (I probably should not admit that) that my mother had for many, many years. I do not know if she purchased it herself or if it was a gift. I am sure that at the time it was all very legal, just like her real ivory earrings!

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A real ivory tusked elephant…

I tried converting the image to black and white but I was not happy with it. It will take a while to get the hang of this Lensbaby – but it will be fun learning! I finished up the ceremony photos today from the wedding. I went on to the formal/fun photos, but Photoshop kept shutting down on me. I guess I had done enough for today! I will try to finish tomorrow. The weather warmed up today. Willie is barbecuing us a nice steak for dinner. That has always been one of my favorites. When my brother’s and I were growing up and it was our birthday, our mother always gave us a choice of what to have for dinner. I always chose steak! I don’t remember what Frankie and Howard chose. I will have to ask them!

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  1. Howard said, on June 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Shrimp

    • Bridget Casas said, on June 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm

      What does that mean? Ok, after re-reading my post I now know what you mean. Thank you!

  2. elton said, on June 20, 2009 at 5:19 am

    When i had read the reviews of the lensbaby 2.0 / muse, i realised that i don’t have the manual dexterity / patience to master the art of moving the bellows, so i opted for the composer instead, i’ve found it easier to use (not that i’ve tried the 2.0 / muse).

    another aid to composition / focus, until you get the hang of what to expect in the final frame would be to use the live-view function. its easier to view the final result of the lensbaby shot on the LCD than in the viewfinder. A tripod might also help if you are testing it, until you get the hang of the bellows for focusing.

    finally, i had a look at your image and it seems that there’s camera shake adding to that blur, probably because of the 1/13 sec exposure. use a tripod to eliminate that, or bump up the ISO and check again. It might be easier to get away with 1/13 sec exposure on a ‘regular’ lens but with the bellows, it might become a bit of a challenge.

    The recommend trick is to first get focus when the LB is centred, then twist to the place u want focused and then re-focus. the more you twist, the more the blur. you could also check your aperture ring. i use the 2.8 ring as a fair balance between blur and sharp.


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