As a Lensbaby Ambassador, I am always excited to explore the creative possibilities offered by their innovative tools. Today, I am excited to share my experience with the recently released Omni Universal Expansion Pack with shapes, specifically the captivating Blue Long Swiss Cheese wand.
The Blue Long Swiss Cheese wand immediately caught my attention due to its color and unique design. As a black-and-white artist, I love how blue converts in post-processing. While some photographers use the Omni wands for their vivid shapes, colorful standout flares, and bokeh, my approach is somewhat different. My self-portraiture work primarily features dark tones and a monochromatic palette, which required me to adapt and find creative ways to incorporate these new tools. Rather than creating profound shapes and bokeh, these wands can be used subtly to add depth and texture to my images. For instance, the Blue Long Swiss Cheese filter can be used to create a misty, ethereal aura that beautifully complements the monochrome aesthetic. This subtle yet powerful tool can add that extra dimension to black-and-white photography, enriching it with a hint of dreamy, mystical charm. Their versatility shows that the Omni wands have something to offer for every photographic style, even the most nuanced ones.
"My self-portraiture work primarily features dark tones and a monochromatic palette, which required me to adapt and find creative ways to incorporate these new tools."
In my self-portraiture work, I decided to experiment with the Blue Long Swiss Cheese wand, and the results were nothing short of spectacular. The wand's cloud-like effect added a dreamy atmosphere to my self-portraits. Depending on the lighting, the Blue Long Swiss Cheese wand can create textures and atmospheres that mimic fog or even enhance the overall mood of the image. This versatility allows photographers to tell a creative story through their work, transforming ordinary self-portraits into artistic expressions of self-discovery.
In my experience, the Blue Long Swiss Cheese wand works best in my work with soft, diffused lighting, allowing the filter to catch the light and create a delicate haze. I also recommend experimenting with different angles to see how the filter interacts with your surroundings. This will help you achieve the desired effect: ethereal fog or a textured dreamscape.
The Omni Universal Expansion Pack with shapes has opened up a new realm of creative possibilities in self-portraiture. With the Blue Long Swiss Cheese filter and other unique tools included in the pack, photographers can push the boundaries of their artistic vision and create captivating self-portraits that showcase their individuality and unique stories.
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Sharon Covert resides in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Brought up with a musical background, she taught piano lessons for over 20 years before studying and practicing photography as an art. Sharon has a strong focus on conceptual self-portraits and believes art has the power to heal. She is both enamored and inspired by fairytales, myths, folklore, nature, and all things magical. Sharon's self-portraiture combines anonymity, symbolism, surrealism, otherworldly elements, and pictorial qualities. She seeks to highlight the beauty in darkness. Like a page from a dark fairy tale in another world and time, Sharon aims to bring the viewer into her magical world. Sharon anonymously uses herself as the subject throughout her conceptual art to express her deepest darkest thoughts and secrets while transporting the viewer to the depths of her imagination. Sharon's work has been published and featured in numerous magazines and juried art exhibitions worldwide.