Recently a few sales came out on Creative Live for classes and they came at the perfect time for me. I was in the middle of acquiring lenses, and selling lenses I no longer used. One of the classes was Creating Painterly Photographs by Kathleen Clemons. I have and love photographing flowers and butterflies, but I have been wanting to explore this further and on a deeper level. Macro photography and still live and painterly seems to be where I am living at the moment and I LOVE it. Kathleen is an amazing flower photographer and the simplicity of her methods are even more amazing:
Here are a few I have taken since the class.
Here is a link to this class if you would like to take it yourself: Click for class
Kathleen uses Lensbaby lenses a lot in her photography, and I almost purchased two of them but in the end couldn’t do it. Soft focus is a challenge for me and while I love the effects that can be created with these lenses, some of the effects I just don’t like at all, but that is just me. I have spent years learning and growing in what I photographs and getting clear sharp focus and struggled in the past with my photographs being too soft. This new way (softer) on purpose is challenging enough for me. It bothered me a great deal not being able to control where my focus was (on the lenses) and where the blur was on those lenses. It’s there, you have to work with it. In saying that, you control where you put the focus and the blur in your pictures but you have no control on the effect for those lenses but it’s in the sense, that is what they are for. For this type of photography and if that is what you want, it’s great but I ended up purchases two lenses and lens filters to go with them and recreated something on my own that I can take off when I don’t want the effect and want sharpness. I will most likely purchase a lensbaby in the future but for now, I love what I am creating without and what I have created on my own. The bokeh that my current lenses produces is so pretty I am going to live there awhile!
Prints are available for purchase on my website.