Lensbaby Makers: Caroline Jensen

Lensbaby Makers is a series that looks into the world of influential Lensbaby shooters. Press play to see these photographers in action as they work through their creative process.
Meet Caroline Jensen

I never really felt like I found myself until Lensbaby. Shooting with Lensbaby is similar to the way that painting on a canvas has an organic feel. I always felt that digital photography was too sterile and mechanical. I wanted soft gradations of light and something that felt alive with energy. I had an inkling that Lensbaby might be the answer to my conundrum back in 2010 when I saw them for the first time. I didn’t pull the trigger until 2012, and I kick myself that I just didn’t dig in sooner! Manual focus is genius for honing visual voice. It forces you to make many small decisions as you twist the lens, that you normally wouldn’t consider with autofocus. Manual focus, while harder, is a tremendous exercise in intention and creativity. Lensbaby lenses help me to slow down and savor the moment, keeping my mind in the present while being aware of the light around me.

Lensbaby adds a mystery and dramatic flare to my images. Many of my favorite images have been made by accident– misfires that turned out to be beautiful. I can let go and experiment with Lensbaby. There is something about the lenses that make me fearless, as even mistakes possess character. Lensbaby lenses lead to endless rabbit trails of ideas and give boring locations new life. I have really embraced the mundane because nothing is mundane once touched by a Lensbaby.

Watch Caroline Fine-Tune her work in Lightroom

Caroline’s Kit

Lensbaby Lenses and Optics
Twist 60
Edge 50
Edge 80
Sweet 35
Velvet 56
Burnside 35
Macro Converters
Macro Filters

Cameras and the rest
Sony a7sII
Sony a7rII
Sony a6300
Extra batteries and cards
Sony 24-70 2.8
Sony 90mm Macro
Sony 35mm 1.4
Sony 55mm 1.8

Kelly Moore Libby bag in camel and Hershel Backpack
Ice Light 2
Westcott  Flex 2×2

Learn from Caroline
Join one of Caroline’s upcoming workshops.

www.carolinejensen.com

 

Featured Product: Burnside 35

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