The very first Lensbaby I purchased in 2011 was a pack that included the original Double Glass Optic, and 12 years later, we're getting an upgrade version!
To be honest with you, I loved the effect I saw from the seasoned Lensbaby photographers, but when I took it out, I didn't immediately fall in love with this effect trying it on my own. There was a bit of a learning curve, but after much patience and practice, I finally managed to get the hang of the original Double Glass.
All this to say, 12 years later, I'm so excited to have the upgrade version that includes the built-in aperture and the option to add in the Creative Bokeh discs. I truly believe that this version of the original Double Glass optic is much easier to use and handle, and I have fallen in love with the Double Glass II sweet spot effect all over again.
"I truly believe that this version of the original Double Glass optic is much easier to use and handle, and I have fallen in love with the Double Glass II sweet spot effect all over again."
Let's get into some of the Double Glass II optic details.
- The DGII produces a sweet spot effect. This means a spot of focus radiates from the focus point. Depending on the way the Composer Pro is tilted will give you the location of the effect.
2. You will see the most blur when shooting at F2.5. Leaving the aperture as wide as it goes allows for the most blur from this optic.
3. You can drop in the Creative Bokeh discs for added texture. The bokeh textures show more with the lightest optics in the background, for example, a fairy light or the space between leaves if shooting outside.
My personal favorite way of working with the Double Glass II is using fairy lights in front of my subject to capture the bokeh cutout, as shown in the following images. My model held a bundle of fairy lights while I held the strand toward my camera. This threw the lights out of focus but captured the shape of the cutout in the optic.
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I'm just a girl that loves photography and storytelling. I have two cats, Jasmine & Ella, & one puppy, Bucky.
I love traveling with my partner & experiencing new cultures and cuisines.
If I'm not behind my camera, I'm usually watching Disney+ or re-watching Harry Potter. And my most recent pastime is building Lego sets.