Focus Is Overrated
By LeAnn Cannon
21 Jul 2009
Selective focus is a wonderful thing. My favorite lens, the Lensbaby 3G, allows me to utilize selective focus with continually rewarding results. Photographs taken with the Lensbaby have a sharp "sweet spot" while the rest of the image blurs away from the sweet spot. This causes the viewer to direct their attention to the main subject, the possibly distracting details becoming lost in the blur. By bending the lens, whichever way you please, the sweet spot can be moved around the frame.
When I began using the Lensbaby, about one year ago, I fell in love with its ability to allow me to create images that feel like dreams. Images that completely disregard rules pertaining to focus and perfection. For photographer's willing to open up to creative possibilites, the Lensbaby is the perfect new accessory.
For people who are apprehensive about purchasing a Lensbaby because they think that they can create the same effect with photo editing software, remember, photography is about taking pictures (at least in my opinion). I am not bashing photo edting software, I use it often to adjust contrast and color. I am simply trying to communicate that selective focus is something that has a lot to do with feeling and emotion. The majority of the time that I use my Lensbaby I am very candid and the way I feel about a certain subject changes where I direct my "sweet spot." I enjoy shooting the moment, photographing what I am feeling at a certain time and place. Not adapting it later on.
Photography is about photography. Not whether your subject is tack sharp or completely in focus. Lensbabies allow you to put a new perspective on your images. I have been extremely pleased with my Lensbaby 3G and I highly reccommend others to consider purchasing one.