Sunday, March 12, 2006
Through a Lens, Softly
This photo was taken last summer at Crystal Lake, MI, where Adrienne, Marjorie, and I were guests of Elizabeth and Vanessa. I used a Lensbaby on my Nikon FM2N for this photograph. I shot a series of them, and I think this one is may favorite. Some phoptographers get so caught up in lens tests, resolution, edge to edge sharpness, and so on, that I sometimes wonder if they spend more time being gearheads than shooting. Not that I don't like a sharp lens. But sometimes, you want to capture something else -- a mood, or a feel, and in some cases, the image is a lot like our memory of an event. Never really sharp, but the overall impression is there. I think that's where the Lensbaby lens comes in. That's one of the things I like about this photo. It's a lot like a piece of memory on film.