How do you shoot extraordinary? Are you a macro photographer, street, family, or all of the above? And how do you make your photos different from everything else out there? If you own a Lensbaby lens, then you know it's easy to create completely original art. But what if you take two photographers and put them in the same place at the same time with the same lens and have them try and shoot photographs that are not only different from each other but also manage to stand out? On the recent Lensbabay International Photowalk, myself and Regina Boston decided to take on this challenge and see how various Lensbaby lenses allowed us to be ourselves while shooting side by side.
Just to give you a little background on Regina and me, she primarily shoots macro photography and has a successful business doing family photography as well. Aside from macro and family, I shoot a little bit of everything, but I prefer street photography. So, suffice it to say, we have very different styles and interests. We do, however, share a love for LB lenses and were so excited to see both the different and similar things we would photograph while together.
We both started the day with the Edge 35, our preferred lens for walking around and shooting. Its light is our favorite focal length, and we both love the slice of focus that you get with it. We began the walk at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, and let me tell you, it was about a million degrees out! Despite the heat, we pressed on and had a blast shooting on tree-lined paths, near lakes, on streets, and in a gorgeous garden. We even grabbed a couple of shots of some of the monuments in the area. You can see in the photos that while Regina and I might have noticed and photographed the same things with the same lens, the photos look nothing alike due to the creativity of the Edge 35.
Next, Regina and I added the Omni filters to our photographs. She continued to use her Edge 35, as did I, but after a while, I switched to my Nikon Z 50mm. Again, while we shot some of the same things, like the food trucks, leaves, and the participants in the walk, our photographs are our own. Even the buildings that we shot look nothing alike, despite both of us using the same tools. This is the incredible part of Lensbaby products; you can have multiple people using the exact same lens and shooting the same things, and the chance of the photos looking identical is basically zero.
Sarah McEachern with Lensbaby Edge 35
The Lensbaby Photowalk was so much fun, as well as the challenge that Regina and I gave to ourselves. If you have any photographer friends out there, I challenge you to do the same thing; go out together with the same lens, shoot what you love, and compare your results later. It's incredible to see the similarities and differences, and, most importantly, it's a lot of fun.
"You can see in the photos that while Regina and I might have noticed and photographed the same things with the same lens, the photos look nothing alike due to the creativity of the Edge 35."
Regina Boston Images
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Sarah McEachern is a homeschooling mom of one eight-year-old and currently resides in a tiny beach town on the east coast. If she could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, it would definitely be Stephen King. She has been a Lensbaby ambassador for almost four years and is never without her Edge 35.