How do you grow? What steps do you take to recognize, explore, and nurture the gifts within you?

Joining with other creatives in pursuing envisioning the world a bit differently has expanded my art. Surrounded by like-minded artists breaking the mold, I am freed to explore new techniques. Community promotes growth.

Here are a few ways to develop your personal vision and enhance your art.

Experiment with different filters. By placing various filters in front of your lens, you can gain unique effects. This process requires a bit of experimentation. Where do I place the filter? What effect will the filter have if I turn it at a different angle?

For this I used the Lensbaby Edge 50 with the OMNI stretch glass to get the blurred line effects.
With the Lensbaby Velvet 56 I placed the OMNI seahorse crystal to the right of the image to create a duplicating layered effect.

Change your aperture. Most of us tend to capture in the “safe zone”, an aperture that we are confident will apply the desired level of balance of focus and blur. How about taking your lens to its limit? Shift to the lowest aperture and see what you can create.

I took the Lensbaby Velvet 56 all the way to f/1.6 for a creamy glow on the tulips in the sunlight.

Flip your lens around. Yes. I mean actually detach your lens from the camera body! Quickly flip it around and hold it up to your camera tightly for a more macro effect. This is typically referred to as “reverse freelensing”. You may be amazed at the details you are able to capture!

I got down low (like laying in the dirt!) and flipped around the Lensbaby Burnside 35.

Shift your angles. Try looking straight up. I began observing the wonder of this view during my runs in the forest. At times I would stop and tilt my head all the way back to experience the trees extending into the sky. I found that it creates such a unique photographic effect with the layers and perspective.

Looking up at the about-to-bloom magnolia tree with the dreamy Lensbaby Velvet 56 at f/1.6.

Lower your shutter speed. Slowing down the action of the shutter creates a sense of movement. Any still objects will remain in focus while the moving objects will blur. This takes some getting used to the lack of crispness but you may find it adds an emotive element to your art.

This was a SUPER windy day. You can see the movement of my dress and hair in the breeze while the fence remains in crisp focus. The Lensbaby Burnside 35 has an amazing in-camera vignette option which I have turned all the way on. Shutter speed was 1/20 second while the aperture was at f/16. Side note: another way to really challenge yourself is to get in the frame – be bold, be you, be free. 🙂

So, how will you choose to grow? Surround yourself with people who affirm your gifts and believe in your spirit. Go out there, try something new, and create beauty! Your contribution to the world is valued and amazing!

I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Next up is the extremely talented Lynne of Lynne Grant Photography.

Please click here for her interpretation of this month’s theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Growth images on our Facebook page at Share Six and to our Instagram gallery by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_growth. A new theme will be posted on May 6th.



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