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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more than fossils

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more than fossils

One day in late April we took a hike to a fossil pit.  We had been there in the past and already knew that most of the fossils were long gone.  Lots of digging and dirty knees and butts and shoes still rewards us with small trinkets.  That day, I found my own kind of special treasure.  High on top of the fossil hill there is a thick stand of pine trees, shading lush moss patches and producing the most magical light.  We had our fun, we found our fossils, the girls looked for fairies, we picked flowers, and I made a huge mental note to bring some pretty little dresses the next time we go "fossil hunting". 

 

Here is what I did at the fossil pit the next time we visited.

All of the photographs in this post were created with my Lensbaby Velvet 85.  To see more of the work I have produced with this lens, check out these blog posts.

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pear blossoms

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pear blossoms

I am not usually a flower photographer.  I should rephrase that.  I do shoot flowers and I get home and edit them and then there is always something missing for me.  They never speak to me.  They never make me feel.   This little twig that had blown from our pear tree was given to me by my daughters.  I loving plopped it into a small jar on set it on the windowsill by our kitchen sink.  Each morning, the light would shine so beautifully through the delicate petals that I would have to stop and look at it.   I just had to photograph it.  I used the Velvet 85 and this time when I loaded them onto the computer there was pure magic.  There was grace in the grain and a song in the bokah.  Ok, that's being way poetic....but there it was....the missing piece for me.  The art.  The soul.  My art, my soul.  So I finally captured a flower that made my heart sing.

I'm in love with the Lensbaby Velvet 85.  To see more of my work with this lens, click here.

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