Why is this image so profoundly beautiful to me?
This image was taken with a Lensbaby Sweet 35 lens with a macro converter. I have been LOVING my lensbaby for art images and had the rare opportunity to take a friend's macro for a test drive a couple weeks ago. I LOVED the challenge it presented! Not only do you have the challenge of manually focusing a tilt shift lens, but now you are doing it in macro. But the images... Oh, the images! I LOVE the detail you can get when you get super close to a subject.
A while back I took a close-up (macro) of a dying flower, face down on the sidewalk. Nothing unusual, right? But the detail in the underside of the petals is beautiful! If you follow me on Facebook, then you've likely already seen the image. Notice the lines on the underside of the petals, sweeping out to the edges, like veins under the softest skin. Notice the color variations and the way the smallest part of each petal is tinged with green from the stalk from whence it sprung. Notice the detail. And that's what I love... the detail.
In my tight knit circle of photographer friends, I had been discussing my desire to purchase a macro converter for my Lensbaby. I decided it was definitely something I just had to have! One thing about me that I will share is that I have a hard time buying things for myself. I could go into all the reasons, but I shall refrain. But this was something I was GOING to purchase.
Wrong. My beautiful friend, Pauline Putt of Oak Tree Shutterbug, beat me to the finish. She decided that I did, indeed, need on of my own and that sweetheart bought one for me! It came in the mail today!!! And that image at the beginning of this post? That, too, is from today. You see, with a macro, you get REALLY close to your subject. This is a two-year-old's reaction to that kind of proximity to the lens.
And since I brought her up, if you are not already following Pauline's work, you should! She's amazing and her work is finally being recognized! If you haven't seen the latest, check out this image that Lensbaby shared (or even keep an eye on ads on Amazon and in magazines). She's definitely one to watch!
You know the fun thing about hanging out with photographers? They shoot images like the one below. This is the image of me taking the image of the flower above (did you follow all that?). Photograph by Beth Moses.
"Lori is an exceptional photographer, and was my first choice for capturing images of my son for his senior pictures!! She made him feel at ease immediately, traveled to the locations he was interested in, and captured who he is perfectly!" ~ Tonia R.
Lori Stead is a fine art portrait photographer in Corpus Christi, TX. She enjoys creating maternity, newborn, seniors, couples, family, children, and boudoir portraits. She is also a wife, mother of four, and adventurer.