And so it goes...I'm hankering for a new piece of camera equipment. Yes, I know I don't need it. But, when things have been leaning towards the extreme negative in my life, I gravitate towards retail therapy. And I never regret retail therapy. Actually, and in all honesty, I've never regretted much, if anything, in my life. It's all a 'learning experience,' but that's another story for another post.
The question at hand...to purchase a lensbaby lens or not? I've done the research, read the history of the lens, looked at reviews, searched out tumblr for sample shots and then I had the 'conversation' with Angela (http://besoterio.tumblr.com/). Angela is often my conscience when it comes to camera equipment and then there are those times when we are 'partners in crime,' aka...a bad influence on each other. Our motto: See it, want it, buy it! When she reads this, I'm sure she will be recalling the infamous camera bag purchase we both regretted.
Angela and I both use Nik Software but she is far more familiar with the workings of this set of post-processing photo programs. She pointed out that I just may get the same effect using one of the programs/filters in Nik as I would with a lensbaby lens. So I'm hunched over my computer trying to replicate what I think might be a lensbaby effect. Here are the results. The jury is still out. I'm just hoping I don't miss the special sale B&H is currently offering on a nice lensbaby package deal.
|Straight out of the camera...converted from RAW to jpeg...no editing.|
|Blur vignette applied in Nik Software with focus point centered on flower.|
What do you think? And while you're thinking, I hope you're enjoying this outstanding fall weather we (East Coast) are having. Hopefully some fall leaf photos will follow soon...before we are covered in snow!