27 June 2013

Lensbaby Artistry Challenge - Month #2

The monthly challenge of facebook group Lensbaby Artistry had the second round challenge picked by Lensbaby creator, Craig Strong.

Quoting Keri Friedman from Lensbaby HQ, that announced the winners of the second months challenge:

Hello everyone – Keri from Lensbaby here again, excited to share Craig’s favorites for the May photo challenge. Please see his images choices below, and why he chose them:

Craig’s favorite (to receive the optic of the photographer’s choice!):
Title: Sunrise over blue planet
Theme: Blue
Creator: Norbert Fuerst
Lensbaby optic used: Double Glass, creative 12-ray star aperture, 10x Macro filter

On the topic of seeing in a new way...the photographer finds a bizarrely creative way to turn a water bottle into another universe. The concept behind the shot and the way he achieved it utilizing several Lensbaby products, as well as the successful, fun, other-wordly feel makes this image stand out.

Runner up 1 (to receive a Lensbaby lens cloth, lens pen, and Creative Aperture Kit!)

Theme: Joy
Optic: Lensbaby Composer Pro/Sweet 35
Aperture: F/8.0

The body language (plus the anticipated plunge to follow) says "joy" loud and clear, and the Lensbaby blur gives the image a feeling of motion while the sweet spot freezes the subject midair. The photographer nailed the focus, not an easy thing to do in fading light with a subject in motion.

Runner Up 2 ((to receive a Lensbaby lens cloth, lens pen, and Creative Aperture Kit!)

Theme: Frame
Title: Wineshop & Wineshop Keeper
Optic: Spark with double glass f5.6
A shopkeeper preparing his fine merchandise for the customers to come. Taken in the city of Siena, Tuscany region, Italy.

A shopkeeper placed within the doorway and the sweet spot matching this composition, with the subject nicely placed in the lower right third of the image, make for a photograph that is a pleasure to take in. The cobblestoned streets and intricate buildings blend nicely into the blur and reinforce the effective framing of this compelling image.

Join the challenge at Lensbaby Artistry, share your thoughts and opinions about Lensbaby and obviously show your photos. There will be giveaways for the three monthly hand picked photos by Lensbaby creator, Craig Strong.