Tag: Lensbaby

A Wash of Colour

It has been a while; let’s just say the summer has been challenging, and some things have suffered as a result, like my photo blog. I will try to do better.

I was out this afternoon with a lens I have not used in a while: my Lensbaby Sweet35. I love its primitive characteristics, and the way colour seems to wash through the image.

Sony A7ii, Lensbaby Sweet Optic

In the Garden

Yesterday I had a shoot with my good friend Adriana. On a cold winter’s day, the best place to get some soft outdoor light without freezing was the greenhouse at Allan Gardens here in Toronto 🙂



Nikon D7100, Lensbaby Composer lens, Double Glass optic

Naima Act 1: Digital and Lensbaby

This weekend I had the pleasure of working with Naima, using three cameras (two film, one digital). I’m starting with the digital camera here: my Nikon D7100, using my Lensbaby lens for the selective focus effect. Naima brought intriguing, nuanced expressions to the shoot. Stay tuned for more!


Hooded Figure


Today’s image comes from last weekend: I had my Lensbaby Composer with the Sweet 35 Optic mounted on my Nikon N90s 35mm SLR (a camera which more than one passerby has mistaken for a DSLR). I was drawn to the contrast of the curved graffiti lines over top of the straight lines of this alley garage door.

Graffitti on alley door


Nikon N90s, Lensbaby Composer with Sweet 35 Optic
Film: Rollei Retro 80s, developed in Rodinal 1:50 for 14 minutes.

Old Technology

This past weekend at Doors Open Toronto 2014, one of the buildings I visited was the fascinating Coach House Books, a Toronto printing house that values traditional methods. One of the more interesting pieces of gear is the Heidelberg Offset press. Like me in many respects: Big, bulky, and dating from the 1960’s 🙂

Old printing tech


Nikon D7100, Lensbaby Composer with Sweet 35 Optic

In Miniature

I was out shooting at the Beaches yesterday. and one of the lens I was using was the Lensbaby Composer with the Double-Glass optic. The narrow “sweet spot” of focus in the middle results in a miniature effect, to my eyes at least. In actuality I was at least 40 yards away from the gazebo.

Gazebo, Toronto Beaches


Nikon F3 35mm SLR, Lensbaby Composer with Double-Glass optic
Ilford Delta 400 film developed in TMax developer 1:4 for 6.5 minutes @ 20C
Negative scanned and post processed (contrast/vignette) using Nik Efex



Latest Images and Music

I took an awful lot of Fisheye images on film this weekend, so I decided to create a slideshow, with “Bone Garden” by Blood Ruby as the sound track. I think the music fits well.:-) The feeling I get with circular fisheye images is one of peering through a keyhole, glimpsing another world.

All images taken with Nikon F2 35mm SLR,
Lens: Lensbaby Composer with Fisheye Optic.

Films: Rollei Retro 80s, Fomapan 100, Eastman Double X
Post production with Nik Efex

Under the Magnolia Tree

As I mentioned on Facebook yesterday, the Cherry Blossoms in High Park did not have a banner year in 2014, which left a lot of photographers and other visitors desperately looking for colour. A Magnolia tree became an instant magnet, and was surrounded by a crowd. While this image was shot on black and white film, I thought it might be interesting to add a pink tinge in post, to bring back some colour.

Under the Magnolia Tree


Nikon F2, Lensbaby Composer with Fisheye Optic, Rollei Retro 80S film developed in Rodinal 1:50 for 14 minutes @ 20C, Post processed with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Shoot What’s There

There were a lot of disappointed photographers in High Park, Toronto today. The blossoming of the cherry blossoms was pretty much a bust this year, due to the very cold/late spring. Luckily there is no shortage of alternate subject matter available. As I continued my fisheye kick, I tried out the LensBaby fisheye optic (mounted in the Composer) on a film camera: my Nikon F2, loaded with Rollei 80s film. On the full frame 35mm I almost get a complete circle. I quite like the result. 🙂

Tree in High Park


Nikon F2, Lensbaby Muse with Fisheye Optic, shot on Rollei Retro 80s film, developed in Rodinal 1+50 for 14 minutes @ 20C


One effect I like with the Lensbaby Fisheye optic is how it can turn a back alley wall of graffiti into an image that looks like one of the marbles I used to play with as a young boy.



Nikon D7100, Lensbaby Muse with Fisheye optic