I took the above photo today, after months of avoiding my Lensbaby lens. I love the effects of the Lensbaby Composer, but it is somewhat difficult to work with in self portrait photographs. Determining the sweet spot when outside of the scene and then fitting yourself into it and having the composition make sense is pretty challenging. One of my goals this year is to really step into the Lensbaby and get to know it as well as I know my main lenses. I love the Lensbaby for the unusual, dreamy effects it creates. The effect is entirely unique to Lensbaby; The blur, when captured correctly, reads like paint to me. I probably don’t use it in the way most people do, because I like to add more distortion/blur to the images.
My clone experiments have been the most difficult for me because my Photoshop skills are somewhat rudimentary. This entire collection of images has been driving me crazy, but I refuse to give up on it. Today, I wanted to doubly challenge myself by trying to create a clone image with the Lensbaby. So after months of letting my Lensbaby kit collect dust, I finally took it out today and created the image above, which I am happy with. It will eventually go into my perpetually back-burnered clone series. For this series, I want to give the eye a sense of voyeurism, as if peeking through a hotel keyhole or glimpsing a flash of an intimate scene.
I also manifested two more of the “bed” clones today. I’m not sure if these will make the series. They are just me playing with ideas. I hope that I will eventually have a complete clone series, but clones are difficult. They have a mind of their own, they never sit still and they are difficult to align correctly.