Serenity Project - June 2018

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of June 2018. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

This past weekend I stopped at Trader Joe's to pick up some flowers. I knew that I wanted something small to photograph; I picked up a bundle of camomile. I wanted to challenge myself to work with the regular LB lenses (I just love Lensbaby lenses; they are on my camera about 85% of the time). I tried a couple of images with the macro filters, but I am still partial to my converter.

The first image is just a straight (or not so straight) image taken with the Sweet 50. Why I love working with my LB Sweet lenses is that I can get creative. I love the fall-off on this image, which is typical for the sweet optics:

Lensbaby Sweet 50  - SS 1/100 - f4.0 - ISO 640

Lensbaby Sweet 50 - SS 1/100 - f4.0 - ISO 640

The next two images are with the Lensbaby Sweet 35. Seriously, I just love how the lens creates such beautiful bokeh. I do like the second image, but the one taken with the converter got me little closer to my subject and it has better separation to the background.

Lensbaby Sweet 35  +  Macro Converter  - SS 1/125 - f4.0 - ISO 640

Lensbaby Sweet 35 + Macro Converter - SS 1/125 - f4.0 - ISO 640

Lensbaby Sweet 35  +  Macro Filters  - SS 1/160 - f4.0 - ISO 640

Lensbaby Sweet 35 + Macro Filters - SS 1/160 - f4.0 - ISO 640

I know that some of my photography friends are not happy with the Lensbaby Sweet optics, however for me it was the first love. The Sweet 35 I received from my hubby for my birthday in 2011; and it still is my first Lensbaby love. I am super thrilled that Lensbaby featured one of my images on their website this week. To say that I am over the moon is an understatement. If you are interested in seeing the featured images, check out the website. And the bonus for me is that I am featured with one of my all-time favorite female photographers, Caroline Jensen.

To see more contributors of this month's serenity circle, I invite you to visit my talented photography friend, Emily Hamson, of Lavender Lime Photography, showing you what serenity means to her.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, find some serenity in your life.

Iris (TGTG)

Lensbaby Art - Blog Circle - May 2016

It is time for another Lensbaby Art Blog Circle - May 2016 edition. I hope you have time to visit some of my friends on this blog circle. I truly enjoy shooting with the Lensbaby Sweet 35. It took me some time to enjoy this lens, but once I got the hang of it, it is so much fun. I like it because it gives you a sense of movement.

My hubby and I ventured out to Scottsdale this past weekend. We shoot there often, but this time I only had my LB Sweet 35 on my Canon 6D. So here are my 5 images for the month of May:


LB Sweet 35 - SS 1/1250


LB Sweet 35 - SS 1/2500


LB Sweet 35 - SS 1/1000


LB Sweet 35 - SS 1/1250


LB Sweet 35 - SS 1/250

Please visit Alexis for some more Lensbaby images for the month of May; here is a direct link to her post: Alexis Fisher Photography

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time - keep smiling :)

Iris (TGTG)

Lensbaby Art - Blog Circle - April 2016

I got together with some photography friends from Clickin Moms to start a Lensbaby Art monthly blog circle. We all are enjoying to photograph with the Lensbaby and thought it might be fun to get together once a month to share our art with the photography community and lovers of art. April 2016 will mark the first month of our blog circle and we hope you enjoy the art we are creating with our photography.

All my images are shot with the Lensbaby Sweet 35 and the macro converters. Some are photographed at 16mm macro and some with 24mm:


SS 1/320 - ISO 640 - f2.8


SS 1/500 - ISO 640 - f2.8


SS 1/250 - ISO 640 - f2.8


SS 1/400 - ISO 640 - f2.8


SS 1/500 - ISO 640 - f2.8

Please visit my photography friend Alexis of Alexis Fischer Photography for more Lensbaby Art images.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time - keep smiling :) .

Iris (TGTG)

Setting Goals

The people who know me for a while, know that I don't do New Years resolutions. However, I am all about setting goals that I want to accomplish over a year. This year seems to be different; I am actually driven on fire to accomplish better things in my photography journey. So, what are more goals in regards of my photography? I have been working through this free e-book "Beyond the Technical: Growing your Photography through Practice". This resource has been very helpful to me in regards evaluating my photography and where I want to be at the end of 2016.

One of my goals is to finally learn to shoot with the Marco lens properly. I was doing it all wrong...who knew? My first step in archiving that goal is taking another workshop. I am very excited about this workshop taught by photographer Tiffany Kelly through CMU.

But the workshop is only the first step of archiving better Marco shots. I want to shoot daily and get the hang of making some amazing photographs. You see, daily practice is one thing that we should do as a photographers.

My point: I always had issues shooting with my Lensbaby Pro - Sweet 35 optics. But last year, I took my camera and shot one afternoon with the lens. No swapping lenses. To tell you the truth, I loved that experiment and the LB - Sweet 35 has become one of my favorite lenses to work with. Yes, it is tricky and I still have a lot to learn, but it is fun to challenge myself.

Here are a couple shots that I took with the LB/Sweet 35 last year, and one from this past weekend, adding a Marco converter to it...


LB/Sweet 35 - ISO 800 - 1/320


LB/Sweet 35 - ISO 500 - 1/160


LB/Sweet 35 with Macro Converter - ISO 400 - 1/50

Do you have any photography goals set for this year? If so, I would love to hear about your goals.

"Taking a shot every day is going to really train you to see better and look for great images, but if you ramp things up and challenge yourself by trying new lighting styles, different photography genres or post-production styles you will really accelerate your growth." ~ Gina Milicia

Thank you for stopping by today...Until next time, keep smiling.

Iris (TGTG)