Intro by Skip Cohen
Remember the word "fun?" It's one of those extraordinary words so often lost in business today. We're all so wrapped up in results, efficiency and defining success that many photographers simply forget to have fun. Yet, being able to take time to have "fun" is one of the definitions of being successful - in anything you do.
It's Mirrorless Mark Monday, and our good buddy is out and about having fun with the new Lensbaby Sol 22 and a LUMIX G9. And, just to set the stage - neither Mark or I have any sponsorship/business relationship with Lensbaby. We just like the company, the people and the products. Going back to my early days at WPPI, they were regular exhibitors. Over the years I've watched them grow, and today they've got a whole family of creative tools for photographers.
Follow Mark and the LUMIX Ambassador team and put their Facebook page on your radar. Mark never slows down in sharing his passion for imaging, and he's never without a LUMIX camera. Check out his site and blogs with a click on any of his images in this post.
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by Mark Toal
When the first Lensbaby was announced more than 10 years ago I was the first one to buy it at my local camera store in Palo Alto. I remember the owner saying, “only you would ask for something called a Lensbaby”. A few years later I moved to Portland, Oregon and got to know the creative, fun people at this company that fits Portland perfectly.
Over the years they have invited me to try new lenses before they are released. They recently wrote me about trying out a new lens designed especially for micro 4/3 cameras. Since the idea behind a lot of the Lensbaby lenses is to create a blurry edge around a sharp center they lost some of their affect when the lens that was designed for an APS sensor cropped the image in a micro 4/3 camera.
The Sol 22 is designed to fit the micro 4/3 sensor perfectly - Panasonic LUMIX and Olympus users can get the full Lensbaby affect. Just click on the Lensbaby thumbnail to the right to link to the website and these remarkable creative tools.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.