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Through the Lensbaby | April, in Disneyland!

My first Through the Lensbaby Blog Circle post, and I am so excited!

Since I am determined to master my Lensbaby, I decided for two days of our trip to Disneyland to use ONLY the Lensbaby. I chose the Sweet 35 optic so I could more easily change the aperture on the fly, and then I practiced, practiced, practiced, for two solid days. My close-up vision isn’t great, which I didn’t even realize affected my photography because it normally doesn’t matter with an autofocus lens, but I was frustrated with my inability to focus reliably with the Lensbaby until—DUH—I adjusted the diopter on the camera itself by autofocusing using another lens, and then adjusting the diopter until my eyes agreed that the object was perfectly sharp. The other thing I learned was that I really need to pay close attention to where the Lensbaby is “aiming”. If it’s even a little off from the part of the image I want in crisp focus, then the focal point of the image becomes ambiguous, making for a weak composition.

At any rate, I’ve loved the Lensbaby system from the day I first borrowed one from a friend to play with, and my love for it is still growing by leaps and bounds! The softness and dreaminess is such a perfect match for my style…



At the California Adventure side of the park you can get champagne—my kind of amusement park! 😉


This is the look I got when I discovered that I needed to change the diopter—the bemused “what am I going to do with you” look—I seem to get this from him A LOT


And the way I often see my not-so-little-girl these days—makes a photographer Mama’s heart sing!





And you can now get Starbucks in California Adventure, so we were able to do our usual Wednesday-morning-coffee with friends, if only in spirit! (And I love how even a Starbucks cup gets an extra dose of “Happy” when it’s in Disneyland!)


And reading the paper while we enjoy a peaceful coffee break…





I am so deeply honored to have been invited into this blog circle by my incredibly talented friend Emma Wood, so please continue with us to the gorgeous work of Celest Pav to see the magic she created with her Lensbaby this month!

  • Caroline Jensen - April 20, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    These are awesome and I am so jealous of your trip. <3 It is wonderful your sweet girl is becoming your student!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Jacobs - April 20, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    Love these Jessica! The one of Em holding the balloons is my fave. Looks like y’all had another wonderful trip to Disney!ReplyCancel

  • Marian - April 20, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    I usually don’t comment on photographer’s posts because once you get to CMPro level I assume you already know that you do an amazing job 🙂 BUT these pictures are soooo much fun that I just had to say so! I haven’t been so sure about the lensbaby because I wasn’t sure if I loved the look but after this post I think I’m a convert. lovelovelove!ReplyCancel

  • […] Since we got annual passes this year, Disneyland photos will likely make up a large part of my blog posts through next February! I broke this trip into two parts, because I was determined to use my Lensbaby for a lot of it, so those photos are in this post. […]ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Vaughn - April 22, 2013 - 4:11 am

    These are all fabulous Jessica! They are so pretty and happy – just like I imagine your sweet girl to be. It looks like an amazing time. I’m so impressed that you shot it all with your Lensbaby.ReplyCancel

  • Willie Kers - April 22, 2013 - 11:20 am

    Stunning! And SO tacksharp!! These pictures make me so happy! If i ever come to America i definitely will pay a visit to Disneyland!ReplyCancel

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