Renting Lensbaby, Part I

I have had a fascination with tilt shift photography for some time.  A few years ago, I followed Photoshop tutorials to create fake tilt shift effects on some of my photographs; I still dabble in that from time to time.  Tilt shift photographs just look different and fun, but I could never justify buying one of these expensive lenses.

Enter Lensbaby.

I have heard of Lensbaby pretty much since I heard about tilt shift lenses.  They create a number of manual lenses that produce different fun effects.  Although I loved the effects that it creates, I still couldn’t justify its (cheaper) price when I hadn’t even tried using one of them.  This spring, I decided to rent the Composer Pro with Sweet 35 and Edge 80 optics and have a trial run with them to see if this is something I would still like to purchase.

This was the first time I have rented a lens, and I decided to go with Lensrentals.com. Their selection of photography gear is pretty extensive and the prices are pretty reasonable. The order process is also very simple.  Basically, you can either use their search function if you are looking for something specifically, or you can browse through their camera systems (Nikon, Canon, etc.), which is then broken down by types of gear (lens, body, flash, etc.).  Once you find what you would like to rent, you just pick the dates you would like it delivered and sent back.  There is a $25 shipping fee, which also covers return shipping.  They make you sign for the lens on delivery, and since I knew I wasn’t going to be home that day, I decided to have it held at my local FedEx office so that I could pick it up when I got out of work that day.

My Lensbaby optics arrived the day before my husband and I took a road trip to Northern California in April.  I kept it for two and a half weeks so that I could play with them and get a good feel for them.  In addition to the Redwoods, I also took them to a local wildlife refuge and also to Mt. St. Helens.

I will post my thoughts on the lenses next week, but here is a preview of one of the photos I took with the Lensbaby.

House PlantsDisclaimer: This is not an affiliate or a sponsored post. I am just sharing my experiences with Lensrentals.com and Lensbaby.

Rodeos

Earlier this summer, I went to two different rodeos in the area and practice using my long lens and some action shots.

The first one that I went to was the St. Paul Rodeo, but instead of going to the show, I went for the slacks. It’s like the preliminary rounds, so they just go through a bunch of events, one right after the other. I loved this experience because I took nearly 1,000 photos. (It wasn’t so much fun sorting through them!)

The second one I went to was the Vancouver Rodeo. This time, I went for their final show of this summer. From a photography standpoint, I actually found myself enjoying this less, because there was a lot of talk and show. The whole thing was definitely for entertainment, which left me with fewer opportunities to take interesting photos.

Anyway, attending these rodeos was an enjoyable way to spend the days around the Fourth of July.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden

The Lan Su Chinese Garden is located in the middle of Portland, right in the old Chinatown. It brings the Ming Dynasty gardens of Suzhou, China, right to the Pacific Northwest. There are multiple gardens and courtyards, which are connected by bridges and surrounds a pond with lotus leaves and flowers. This garden really transforms you back into history, and represents a wonderful juxtaposition of old China and modern America.

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