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Emotional Imagry

Blurring the Lines:  A Love Affair with Emotive Imagery and Freelensing

I have long been moved by gritty, pensive, and soulful portraits of childhood.  I see an unparalleled beauty in the juxtaposition of the innocence of an child's face shrouded in the look of deep thought and wondering. 

 

 

We found a secret garden this summer.  It wasn't gated and obscured by tangles of overgrown roses and wild vines.  It wasn't hidden behind a expansive Victorian manse.   It wasn't as romantic as a forgotten tribute to a long lost love.  It was normal, it was everyday. Like an impressionist paiting in reverse, I could not see the beauty of it until we were up close. It was unassuming for all the years I lived on my street.  It was across the potholed alley behind our house, just beyond a vacant grass lot, and nestled between some unruly shrubs, a small workshop, and a long past it's prime picnic pavilion. 

It is now our spot, deeply shaded and cool.

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lensbaby velvet 85 favorites

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lensbaby velvet 85 favorites

I was given the opportunity to test Lensbaby's newest lens they had in the works.   Here is a sampling of my favorite photographs from my time with the Lensbaby Velvet 85.  I thought I had known what type of images this lens would produce but it seriously blew me away every time I shot with it.  I was able to add so much more drama to my images than a traditional lens would ever be capable of.  It allowed me to easily achieve beautiful blur and grain like that found in the vintage photographs that I love. 

All of my work with the Velvet 85 can be found in the following blog posts.

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north

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north

Sometimes it takes new eyes to pause and see again the beauty that was always in front of you....or in this case, a new lens.  A local hiking spot, I've seen these vistas hundreds of times in my life.  This time I wanted to see what this little part of myworld would like like through the Velvet 85.  Stopping.  Seeing.  Present. 

If the creamy, glowing effects of the Velvet 85 intrigues you, you can see more of my time with this lens in these blog posts.

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