FAVOUR FOR A FRIEND by Toni Ahvenainen

Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen. Sony Nex-5N, Lensbaby Edge 80, ISO320, 1/60sec, f/4.0, Raw. Flickr account

Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen.
Sony Nex-5N, Lensbaby Edge 80, ISO320, 1/60sec, f/4.0, Raw.
Flickr account

Season of Tilt
Week 18, Wednesday

Today I'm sharing something very different compared to my usual photography. Like I've said earlier, Lensbaby has distinctive look that calls for special situations. Because it has a bit unconventional look with selective focus area, one needs to justify it by using it in scenario where it adds little something to the image. You need to have strong enough subject, special lighting or other interesting elements that can be refined to something better by introducing Lensbaby. To me it also means that I need to continuously search for those situations which would be suitable for these lenses. So, when my friend asked for couple of pictures of him and his new motorbike, it's not surprising that I immediately thought of Lensbaby.

It was a pretty cloudy evening when we took couple of pictures of him and his new bike. For the background we found an old building that was under a demolition plan. It's funny how subliminal ways advertising can affect one's photographic eye. Neither I or my friend wanted the result to look like some product photography to sell motorbike accessories, but so it does (and partly because my friend wanted to keep his helmet on knowing I would share this picture here). Hah! While this is not exactly a my kind of photography, I think it's still a decent and shows a bit Lensbaby's potential for product photography. If I would do any kind of product photography, I could certainly imagine myself using Lensbaby for differentiating my photography from the usual imagery. All in all, for me this was a fun little exercise to do something different that I would normally do – and I think my friend just might like the results too.