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Win a Lensbaby Composer if you can “see in a new way”

Enter the Lensbaby MCP Actions “See in a New Way” contest!

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Prize: Lensbaby Composer SLR Lens

Who: Anyone from across the world can win

How: Just do the following things:

  1. In the comment section on this post on the mcp blog (facebook and twitter responses do not count), please write about what “seeing in a new way” means to you.  As a photographer that line can mean many things. Write about a creative photography exercise you have tried, an experience that opened your eyes to see in a new way, or pretty much anything as it relates to the Lensbaby tag line “See in a New Way.”.
  2. Spread the word.  This is on the honor system.  Post to at least 2-3 places on the web telling people about this contest with a link back to this post.  Places you can post about the contest include photo forums (if permitted), twitter, facebook, flickr, digg, your blog, and any other social networking site.
  3. Make sure you are a member of my MCP Fan Page.  If not, just click here to join.

Then check back on the evening of Sunday, August 23rd on my main blog page here to see if you are the lucky winner.

Below are some photos taken with the lensbaby composer!

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Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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270 Comments

  1. 1

    Seeing in a new way is, to me, getting in an unconventional position to physically see a familiar situation or scene from a new perspective… upside down, laying on the ground, from up on the roof top….

    Great contest Jodi!

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    Gina says:

    After becoming a prop junkie, I started seeing every thing around me differently. putting kids and babies in anything i could find that was big enough to squeeze them in. things that are different, possibly intended for plants, but by giving it a try, stepping out of my comfort zone, i have been able to bring clients some super unique shots!

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    Abby Blom says:

    Seeing in a new way to me is when my subjects look at me like I am completely buts for setting a shot up like I do but then when they see the finished product it turns out to be their favorite!

    I am a fan on FB too!

  4. 4
    Cami Bauman says:

    “Seeing things in a new way” is a common occurrence for me as a photographer. When you strip away all the other distractions and focus on one thing in particular – you can’t help but notice things you wouldn’t have otherwise. For example, I am not a fan of spiders (at ALL) but when I took a close-up of one on my window I was able to see all of his eyes and the symmetrical coloring. Neither of which I’d ever get that close enough to see on purpose unless I had my camera in hand. After all my years – it’s a beautiful thing to be able to see things in a new way.

  5. 5

    Seeing in a new way to me, means being vigilant to what’s around me and noticing something I would normally not notice. For example, I once went to Las Vegas and I was standing on the top of an escalator on the strip. I looked down and saw the traffic beneath me. Normally, I despise traffic, but in this case, I noticed that the surrounding lights from all the hotels cast a violet glow over the cars. I took a shot and it turned out to be the favorite photo among all 300 photos taken that weekend.

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    Krista says:

    Angles. Depth of field. Focus. All of these things all me to see my world differently, to look at it through a creative lens my natural eye can only envision but not achieve. The mundane items in our lives, those things we take for granted and hardly notice, suddenly become compelling. They tell stories if the focus is just right, if the depth of field blurs out the surrounding clutter, if the angle is up close and personal. But, right now, they’re just a jumble of keys on a pink string sitting in front of me waiting to be used. In a picture, they might be symbolic of the potential to unlock more than an office door.

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    Brigit says:

    Seeing in a new way, to me, is seeing beauty in the things that aren’t beautiful. The less attractive side to our culture- like the broken down buildings left for ruin, or the cast away things we once “needed” so much, now replaced by newer, shinier things. Also, recognizing the wisdom in people’s eyes, faces and the story in the wrinkles. Seeing those stories and having the chance to portray them in print is one of the best things about being a photographer. That, and getting to share in the moments my clients will reguard as the best in their lives, that’s amazing.

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    Adria Peaden says:

    Seeing in a new way came to me when I got my Canon 5D with a full frame. With my 40D I thought my pictures looked great but the first time I put my 50mm on my 5D I saw a whole new way of taking pictures. My wide angle shots were much more wide angle and dramatic. I look back and see how much more of an effect I can make in my pictures. Since I work on the beach 80% of the time, I can get those wide sweeping vistas of the water, sand and sky that I love looking at on other’s blogs.

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    Bailey says:

    “Seeing in a new way” to me means USE YOUR IMAGINATION!!! Be creative. Visualize the photo BEFORE you even pick up the camera. Try something that you wouldn’t normally try. Have fun with it. Fun. It should be FUN right?

    “When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.”
    Ansel Adams

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    To me “seeing in a new way” is to break from the norm of how you shoot and even edit a photo. It’s taking a chance to try a different angle, a new technique, pushing your limits even further before.

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    April Sauers says:

    I think my biggest change that has opened my eyes was getting my first DSLR…from that moment on I realized that everything that I had done up to that very moment was nothing in comparison to seeing flowers, foods, people and everything through my lens. I can be creative, I can be unique and I can see things the way I want to communicate it and sometimes, just sometimes I am the only one that sees it in the new way that I am….and you know what…that is okay! It brings joy to the process of photography!!! Trying new angles, trying new lighting, trying new locations…it is all a joy!!

    Love this!

  12. 12
    Jessica G says:

    seeing in a new way to me is what photography is all about. it is always changing as the new (to me} way to see becomes ordinary and you discover another new way to see. it could be something achieved with gear (low f-stop) or the way you approach the picture by finding angles, lines, symmetry, color in a seemingly ordinary space.

  13. 13
    Christy says:

    “Seeing in a new way” to me means trying to develop my own style to see things differently than others see them. It could be the angle, lighting, or even just the crop. It’s about learning to see things my way.

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    Amber says:

    I’ve always found the world around me to be beautiful but through my viewfinder I’m able to see life in a new way, it’s art! Newborns especially while they are always cute, I love being able to transform them into living works of art.

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    Raechel says:

    “Seeing in a new way” to me is seeing thigns I’ve looked at a million times, and seeing some new detail about them that I can artistically capture. Like the curls of steam off boiling water, or the cracks in an old brick sidewalk. I love capturing the things that most people overlook!

  16. 16

    To me “Seeing in a new way” means noticing things that might otherwise not be noticed. It means seeing beauty in things that are normally considered to be not beautiful. It means looking at things with a new perspective and thinking of ways to be more creative in my art…..whatever that may be. It sometimes even means breaking the “rules” to create something unique and fun.

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    stephanie says:

    to me, seeing in a new way means finding beauty in ordinary things. finding meaning in the mundane. becoming acquainted with things we have not experienced before. i love photography for the ability to bring that meaning and beauty for others to see.

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    Amanda Reimer says:

    Seeing in a new way represents to me growing up. I’m amazed at the difference of me and my opinions since high school to how I feel about situations – political or social – now. Also, as I grow in my relationship with Jesus, how I am able to see things from a different perspective.
    These lenses are so cool – I have seen pictures from them that would be fantastic anyway, turn into something artistic. Would love to win!

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    Maisy says:

    I’d love a lensbaby! I always find that if I’m stuck or feeling uninspired, I will choose a subject and try to get 25-30 shots from different angles and perspectives with no two the same. It helps me open up my view of things and shows me possibilites I wasn’t thinking of (see in a new way).

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    arlene david says:

    Ever since i started my scrapbooking hobby, i have been SEEING THINGS IN A NEW WAY when it comes to photography. It has opened my eyes to details. It has made me more creative specially in taking photos of my children whether they are taking a bath in the shower, splashing water in the beach or pool, or running around in our villages’ playground. In addition, when they are doing their ordinary activities such as painting, playing musical instruments, watching tv, playing their computer games, reading books or just sleeping, i was able to capture these precious moment in another perspective.

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    michelle sparks says:

    Seeing in a new way to me means always striving to do something different. I have 100s of pictures of my dog, for example, but am always trying to photograph her in a new way. Trying something different, different angle, lens, setting, whatever. Just change it up.

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    Darcie R says:

    Seeing in a new way took a whole new meaning after I had my first child. Not only in the way of seeing things as a mom, but also seeing things as he sees them. It made me think differently while taking pictures instead of always stading up and shooting straight on, it made me think more about perspective. How he sees things and that led into how everything thing has a different point of view and that standing and shooting straight on isn’t always the best option. Now my pictures are more interesting simply due the the fact that I’m not standing stationary and looking down at something, but I’m getting down and dirty and enjoying how incredibly different something can look just by moving a few feet or inches.

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    jen berry says:

    “See in a New Way” recently came about when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and he asked me to document the process. For the first time I had to actually SEE what i was photographing. See the hard emotions, but still continue to press the shutter. It also made me see an environment in a new way. A way of seeing the amazing people and little details place in a not so pretty hospital. Regardless there was still something worth photographing/documenting.

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    Jenny Skibo says:

    Having my 2nd child has forced me to see the world differently. She LOVES her reflection and finds it in really interesting places, which has opened up a whole new aspect of photography for me. I now look for reflections with each shiny, potentially reflective surface I see. After getting my first Lensbaby, I loved having the ability to really manipulate the focus point and blur direction without any post production processing. Capturing the beauty of the world through photography in unique and interesting ways, is the greatest!

  25. 25

    Seeing things differently to me is how now whenever I go shopping with people they always think I’m nuts. I’m constantly picking up baskets and other objects and asking everyone if they think I could fit a baby in it.
    Another great contest Jodi.

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    Scarlett says:

    “seeing in a new way” to me is taking the ordinary and seeing it as extraordinary through your lens. Different angles, lighting, many components can help you look at something for the 100th time, but maybe you are looking at it for the first time in a new way….

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    Jennifer L says:

    Having a new baby helps me see things in a new way. I love getting down on the floor with her, seeing things at her level. It opens up a whole new world for me and my photography reflects that.

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    Ashlee says:

    The first time I slapped a prime lens on my camera and forced my feet to do my zooming helped me “see in a new way”. I think my zoom lens makes me comfortable, but a prime forces me to be creative and I always walk away with better shots.

  29. 29

    i always try to look at things the way my daughter (2 yrs) does, from her angle things are awe-inspiring…whether the discovery of a tiny little ant carrying a leaf or the dandelion she presents to me as a “beootiful fower”, everything is TOO coll to her. How amazing to have that perspective in life, I would love to have my photography reflect that as well.
    I hope I win, I would love to see what I could do with the Lensbaby.

    Thanks Tamsen

  30. 30

    Photography has made me see everything in a new way. I particularly notice light..the way it skims over the tops of a wheat field in early evening, the way it brightens a person’s eyes. I also notice textures and how they would look in a black and white photo. And now I think of how certain backgrounds would make great bokeh.

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    Rebecca says:

    I’ve been assisting a local photographer recently and she has taught me SO many new ways to see things… Particularly through the use of off camera lighting and posing. My eyes have been opened WAY up!

    Already a fb fan and off to twitter about it!

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    Catharine says:

    I love when I can get a different angle on a shoot. THe other day I couldn’t get a little boy to look up at me so I layed down in the dirt and looked up at him with my lens. Super fun!

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    Tish Mackay says:

    “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer (I think this sums up exactly what I try to do everytime I get behind a camera!)

  34. 34

    I took a basic photography course, and that really taught me to see things from a different perspective. Before, I was just content on getting a nice picture of my kids doing whatever they were doing. Now, I’m searching for the best angle, the most interesting background, etc. . . Once I began to see things from a different perspective, I am constatnly looking for something different.

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    Tyra says:

    Oh, how I have been dreaming of adding one of these to my gear!

    I believe that seeing things in a new way, is looking beyond what the everyday eye sees. As a photographer, I become consumed in another world almost when I am shooting, this entails me to get down and dirty on the ground, stand on anything to give me a new height, I even pretend often that I am only seeing my subject through my lens, and not in whole. Unique angles and light can change the image dramatically!

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    heidi says:

    Oh how I have been longing for the lensbaby composer. Seeing in a new way means seeing the beauty in the everyday. Taking a minute or two to REALLY look at something. Also, showing the details to my kids and looking at what they describe they see.

    I’m a fb fan already and I’ll post to twitter and fb.

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    Jenny says:

    Just recently I have started “seeing in a new way” not meaning a new pose or doing something different but seeing my camera in a different way. Now it is a piece of me to where before it just stored pictures. Now I work with it, see what is can do and work really hard to make what I WANT to see be what I actually see :-)

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    EricaB says:

    I started tilting my camera – about 45 degrees, give or take – it forces me to think more about composure and what I want the focus of my shot to be. Plus, it livens up otherwise potentially boring shots.

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    Laurie Flickinger says:

    To me, seeing in a new way is seeing things differently than everyone else. Finding beauty in places that wouldn’t typically be thought of as beautiful. As a mother, my kids help me to see things differently too. Every day is a new journey.

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    Wendy says:

    In my photography, seeing in a new way means to keep trying new things and to pay attention to what I always do and finding ways to step outside of that. In my life, seeing in a new way has been the fruit of learning to be more grateful. Being thankful daily means that everything looks different—it is a good lens to look through!

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    Wilma says:

    Just putting a camera to my eye makes me see things differently. Even just shooting regularly makes me look at the world in terms of composition, framing landscapes in my mind as I drive by. Love thinking of the world I see around me in terms of shapes and movement and lines.

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    Amanda Zika says:

    See in a new way in the world of photography is a gift. Every day you should see it in a new day. Photographing the wrinkles in a newborn’s feet that parents will someday forget. Capturing the small fuzzy hairs on the baby’s back that most people overlook. The essence of a child and the innocence that comes along with it. The first kiss of the bride and groom and when the couple look back on that photo they can almost smell the flowers that lingered in the air that day. Yes, we should all look at things in a new way because if we don’t, our world will become very boring.

  43. 43

    Seeing in a new way for me is getting out of my comfort zone and trying a new angle. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. But when it works it makes me feel accomplished for trying something new and seeing a angle can work.

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    Deirdre says:

    Seeing in a new way for me is about finding new perspective on an old favorite — and not always an easy one. A photo of a sunset can be taken over and over again, but taking it from a different angle or in the rain or on a bitterly cold day in the middle of winter when you have to get to the spot by walking on ice or placing your favorite people in front of that sunset — these are seeing that same sunset in new ways.

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    Melissa says:

    While chasing toddlers and children around on shoots, I learn to see in a new way every time! Watching their reactions, catching new perspectives, and seeing the world from their height makes me smile.

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    Gayle Vehar says:

    To me–seeing in a new way means seeing the ordinary things–things we see everyday–different than others do. For example, every day I look out my window and see my back yard. However, over the last year, I have spent hours seeing my yard differently through my camera and lenses. I have taken close-ups and environmental portraits. I have experimented with camera angles and lighting. I have watched each part of my yard change with the seasons and experimented with the colors nature provides. This exercise has changed my photography vision and helped me see other things differently as well. I feel like it has helped me find beauty in what I otherwise would have taken for granted!!

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    Nancy says:

    For me, the most significant way I see things in a new way is discovering a new location. I just shot in a field right along a road I travel every single day. I was scouting for Queen Anne’s Lace and it grabbed my eye. We got some great shots and I almost break my neck staring at it when we drive past now, envisioning what I’d like to do there when I go back for my next session!

  48. 48

    Seeing in new way, means for me discovering the different perspective in view. Let’s take a fork. Everyone has very much an idea how fork looks like. But in photography you can capture that fork in a way, where it will become something completely different. Using different techniques you can concentrate on the handle and very much show how long (endless?) it is and leaving the part which usually grabs the food out of the frame or out of focus to the point where it becomes never ending (silver) highway.
    New way of seeing can lead to abstractions, maybe like the one I described above, but it may show also detail, that is right in front of us, but very often left unnoticed…

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    Kate says:

    How fitting that this is the assignment – my 2 year old has discovered cameras and is showing me a whole new way to see the world with every shot. It is much more focused and precise than I imagined. For him, it is all about love and details. I hope that I internalize this lesson!

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    when I first started taking pictures of kids I was always trying to capture the pose! I would sit them somewhere and say “smile” and I would shoot… now these are not bad and I still do this sometimes. However seeing child photography in a new way to me is catching the in between moments. Those moments right before bubbles are blown and the moments right after! I love these the most :)

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    Danielle says:

    Seeing in a new way for me came when I started my journey into photography. I used to use an old manual olympus camera and b&w film. I loved trying to capture the emotion and mood of the subject, rather than focusing on the “perfect” shot. I think it’s easy to get away from that type of outlook on my photography, and try to apply that to the work I do now.

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    Amy says:

    An experience that let me see in a new way was when I helped shoot a wedding and I paused a moment watching my best friend shoot from her camera. I witnessed techniques she was using-similiar to mine but with maybe a different tweak and that opened my eyes to different angles and poses that I may have not tried before. No matter how seasoned or professional you may think you are…there are always ‘new’ ideas out there…don’t be afraid to open your eyes to seeing in a new way!!

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    Becky Hickey says:

    Photography has taught me to look a the world with new eyes! I’m always “looking for the light” and trying to find the perfect angle to take a nice picture, whether or not I have my camera with me!

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    Ashley Larsen says:

    For me, I want to capture what caught my attention. If it is the height of a building I am on the ground trying to see it through my camera how it processed in my brain. These lenses look so cool. Would love to try.

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    Barb D says:

    To me “Seeing in a new way” is about the conversations we have with our colleagues, clients, friends and family about new twists to our capturing and post-production techniques. Everyone has a comment to make be it a criticism or complement, regardless, we can learn to improve our relationship our cameras and the outputs by talking to each other about what we are “seeing” together. Thank you!!

  56. 56
    Tera says:

    I’ve always loved photography but after my daughter was born blind I began to see it in a new way. She always asks what I am doing or what is going on. I realized I needed my pictures to tell a story so that I could tell her what it was all about. It’s more than a flower in a field or a boy on a bike. I want to see the story of the moment behind my pictures.

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    Wendy Mayo says:

    I started seeing in a new way when I started photographing faces close up. Everyone has their personal space and usually people don’t get close enough to the other person to really see them. I mean, how often have you had to answer a question on one of those Facebook quizzes about someone’s eye color and didn’t know it. And you see that person everyday! Yup, eyes are my favorites part of the close up! Not just the eye, but the iris – so may colors and patterns.

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    Thauna K says:

    Learning photography inspires me to see a new way everytime I take my camera out. I want to create pictures and images that show beauty and depth and meaning. More than just the typical straight on shot. I try to look at my subjects in new ways and from new angles. This is what inpsires me.

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    Mary says:

    Lensbaby!? Can you see me now?
    Seeing in a new way.. Thats for the creative eye to find and have a little help with this lens.

    As my love for photography grows with each day, I find myself searching for endless ways to create pieces that I love and can find beauty in. Opening my eyes to the wonderful shapes and colors in the world around us, even with the simplest of subjects, you can still see the beauty of its maker.

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    April Alcorn says:

    Seeing things in a “different” way or creatively is what will make you stand out from other photographers in the end. Something that I always try to do when dealing with little kids or babies is to be down on their level, often times this means laying on the ground on my belly…A great exercise is to swap out lenses and position yourself in the exact same area with JUST a different lens to see exactly what the lens will see depending on where you are. It will give you a great perspective of what your lens will capture and will help train you better in knowing which lens to use to get specific results!! :) I posted this on my facebook, on twitter and will be emailing or blogging too!! :) Thanks Jodi!! Your Contest ROCK!!

  61. 61

    When I first started out I was told composition composition somposition. You have it or you dont. Well I woked hard to get everything posed and how I wanted it. Now I see in a new way. It doesnt have to be posed. The best pictures are the natural ones to me. I love being able to sit down in the park and capture life.

    http://www.facebook.com/mcpfans#/RhondaImbeault?ref=name

    http://twitter.com/SweetSassyPhoto

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    khristen says:

    “See in a New Way.”
    If there was one thing that has made me “see in a new way” it would be my old neighbor Jack. He never let me take his picture, he hated the way he looked. Or perhaps he didn’t want to think of himself as elderly. Jack was a 73 year old thick-headed, stubborn, southern gentleman whose knuckles would bleed from working so hard on whatever project he had in front of him. Even at his late age he would come inthe house bleeding from an injury to his thin, aging skin. He was born in a time where nothing was handed to you and nothing was free. I was only 23 at the time, but I remember him being like a father to me, and a best friend. I would spend every free moment I had by his side listening to wild stories about his childhood and the history of the places we would go, or whatever life lesson he had learned the hardway. He taught me so much about people, the area in which we lived, life and showed me to how to really feel what was happening to me. He had this funny way of always calling me “little girl” because his memory wouldn’t allow him to remember my name. In the summer heat I would leave my front door open and every morning like clockwork he would come storming in yelling “Little Girl! Little Girl!” I, of course would think there was something wrong and coming running from whatever room I happened to be in. Laughing he would just want me to ride with him down the road in the golf cart, or ride down some dirt roads and “check” on the roads. He always had to “check” on the roads after it rained for downed trees and wash-outs. It was during these times with him that I learned not only how to bait a hook properly or what kind of trails animals make in the woods but also how to truly appreciate the company of another human being. I can honestly say Jack was my best friend. This last May we mourned the anniversary of his Jack’s death. I never got to say goodbye. I had moved away and had to receive the news of his death in an email. I can’t tell how how deeply this effects me everyday of my life. Even today I’m moved to tears just to write this. Even in his death he is a driving force in my life. I can remember everything so vividly from those times, but I know that as I age my memory will go just as Jack’s did. I miss everything about him and wish that I just had one more day to see the world the way I did when we were riding the hills of his farm.

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    Amy Lemaniak says:

    Since becoming a photographer, it’s amazing how I see everyday places differently. Places I used to walk by before, I now look at them with the photgrapher’s eye. I’m truly amazed at how this has opened up so many beautiful and unique places around me that I didn’t know even existed and had overlooked before.

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!

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    Iris Hicks says:

    I need to see in a new way so I don’t become bored and stale with my photography. When I get “stuck” in the same old, same old, I like to put on a new lens as a disciplined way to become creative again. I sure hope I win the Lens baby. It would be my ultimate lens for getting my creative juices flowing again.

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    Jeri says:

    When I get in a photo rut, I try to look at things with a different perspective. I try to assign myself a “photo assignment” to see things in a new way. A few assignments that have been fun were to get on the ground level and see new things and also to look for shadow shapes. I would love to have a lensbaby to see things in a totally new way!!

  66. 66

    Seeing in a new way is something that’s required by all of us that work in creative industries. It’s what sets us all apart – sometimes a little “jolt thinking” (combining two completely different ideas and or objects) is what gets us motivated. It allows us to see in a new way.

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    Alli Gaulin says:

    Seeing in a new way for me is more about seeing myself and my own style without comparing myself to others. I consistently default to, “I suck. Why can’t I do what SHE/ HE does? How did he get to be so successful in just a few years? How does she get those jobs and what am I doing wrong?” Instead, for me to see in a new way I need to evaluate myself for me, for my own skill level, style, and skills, for my own experiences, my own take on an expression or a pose, or a cool angle. To see myself as a positive- as in what do I bring to the table rather than what I can’t bring in comparison to someone else, is a very new way of seeing things for me.

    Great contest.

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    Ever since I started photographing people, I saw not only the world, but people in general in a whole new way. I cannot talk to a person and not notice how their eyes glisten. How they would so beautiful photograph. There is not a single person I pass by and think- she/he is so unattractive. I am able to see how original everyone is. The same thing happens when driving around. I dump where homeless people live suddenly becomes the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen.

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    Phill Price says:

    Seeing in a new way to me means walking on the other side of the road; in someone elses shoes; laying with my belly on the ground or climbing onto railing or switch box to get the shot from a different view. Sometimes its also purposefully changing the white balance radically from where it should be to bring out the vibrant colours.

    But most of the time its spending more time looking at the hundres of thousands of photos people take the care and time to post to flickr, smugmug, zooomr, ipernity, their blog, friendfeed, twitter whereever.

    There’s a saying that listening is better than speaking which is why we have two ears and only one mouth. I like to think there is a saying that we have two eyes and only one shutter. Spend time learning from others and you’ll grow much more than just by yourself on an island.

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    Amanda Eller says:

    My husband hates poetry. Despised it in school and still to this day doesn’t “get it”. Sometimes I want my photography to be the same way.

    No, I don’t want my hubby to hate my work…but if I make people truly study my art, it is like they are delving into my brain to get to know ME a little more. Thinking outside the box and eliminating the surroundings and pressures of society, standards, rules allows me to be creative…to think in a new way…and to truly be ME.

    I believe it has more to do with letting you shine through your artwork than letting artwork shine through you….just be you! Sometimes that is all it takes to see new.

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    Seeing in a new way to means a lot of different things. From trying new perspectives, angles, poses and locations to trying new processing or just thinking outside the box. Looking at things from a fresh perspective. Seeing things through someone else’s eyes. Going against the grain (or accepting it’s there and embracing it LOL).

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    Vicky Kotze says:

    See in a new way the people around you just by paying attention. Listen to their eyes, the small wrinkles in the corners, the tiniest twitch of a muscle. So much hidden meaning in something so obvious and in the open, yet almost never noticed by strangers or even loved ones.

    Looking closer to see the world in a new way. The patterns, the colours, the other universe inside your own.

    Life isn’t just about the big picture, it’s in the details.

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    Rose says:

    I’ve spent the last year “seeing in a new way”. Seeing in a new way includes how I frame the shot to how I sometimes process the final image. I get down in the ground, up on a wall, up close, angle my camera… my camera has opened my imagination and creative spirit. Even yesterday I got a couple odd looks as I got down on the ground to shoot straight up at something for a different angle. I now see the detail of the world more clearly and enjoy the unique angles and perspective gained from sometimes just breaking the “rules”. I’ve wanted to “play” with a Lensbaby for a while.

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    Leah Manning says:

    Seeing in a new way has had a huge impact on my photography. I’ve come to realize that since we’re all so different as human beings, we also see things differently. I try to always ask people I’m around when I’m taking pictures what they “see” or what draws their eye, because if I’m going solely on what I see, I’m limiting myself. I’m constantly amazed at the little things I never would have seen or picked up on if I hadn’t asked for another set of eyes to give me their perspective. Diversity and creativity come from within the eye of the beholder.

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    Sarah Goblot says:

    Posted on facebook & twitter.

    Restrictive, different, creative…I get stuck in a certain type of clean photography and I get scared to leave my area of comfort. Lensbabies would challenge me to see the light better, compose better and JUST HAVE FUN! Oooo…I would love to have one. :)

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    Rachael says:

    For a new perspective, I try to stop myself from taking the expected. I’ll take portraits with a fisheye and end up with funky fun work. I use my macro lens for great urban shots. I’ll even turn up the iso to produce vintage grain in my images. Mostly, as I live in a tourist city I try to remember to turn my camera away from what the typical snapshot and take a chance on a new view. A lens baby would be a blast. Great contest, and fun blog!

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    Molly Hunter says:

    I “saw in a new way” by taking my 55mm lens, taking it off of my camera, and holding it up backwards to my Nikon D80 and getting some cool macro shots. You can make any non-macro lens in a macro lens by taking it off of the camera, and holding it up to the camera backwards. You have to bump up the ISO and lower your shutter speed, but it makes for some cool, filmy-looking macro shots. It isn’t anything spectacular, but it’s creative and the photos turn out to be pretty cool looking like something from a holga.

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    Posted facebook, blog and twitter …

    Seeing in a new way for me is trying something out of the normal. Whether it be …what I’m shooting, where or how. I am totally intrigued by the shots that can be captured with a lensbaby and how creative you could be. It takes you outside the box and into something fun and inspirational.

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    Erin Jensen says:

    Wow! First, let me say this is an amazing giveaway! Thanks for the chance. To me seeing in a new way is trying something new everytime I go out on a shoot. Or pick up my camera for that matter. New angle, new subject, new pose, new location etc.

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    Harmony says:

    I love seeing beautiful light through photography. I’ve found myself shooting in some less than ideal locations for that beautiful light!!

    (seriously, I REALLY hope I win this one! I’m drooling all over the screen! Bring it on!)

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    Seeing in a new way, to me …requires getting up close and personal. I like to see the littler picture, not just the people around me , but all the little things..bugs , insects….I love those little guys.
    A lens baby would be a cool addition to my macro shots.
    posted on FB and My blog;)

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    Seeing in a new way..wow, this really hits the target. I have been seeing in a new way alot lately. Things I never really gave a second glance now have a whole new meaning to me. Shadows have taken on a whole new meaning to me also, when I photograph I walk away so thrilled to get home and create stunning photos with my actions!
    It is so funny when I am driving by garage sales I will stop at every one now and look for something unquie and older that seems to have that funky style to it! Seniors love all the stuff I bring along to photography with! I have found many amazing chairs from those sales! ; )

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    Laura M. says:

    Seeing in a new way? This lens will certainly help with that!! I’ve been wanting a new lens for awhile… but just hasn’t happened yet. I would love to win this! :)

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    Kathy says:

    I think ‘seeing in a new way’ is one of the best parts of photography! You can take a photo thinking it will turn out one way – you see the image on your monitor and sometimes it can portray a completely different mood or feeling.
    I think this is especially true with children, as you almost never know what kind of expression your going to get!
    Thanks for the giveaway~

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    Leia says:

    Seeing in a New Way, to me, is trying new things, bringing new ideas to the table, taking my imagination and running wild with it while capturing the pure and natural essence that is around me, rather it be a person, animal or thing! I love to capture things in all different ways because every angle tells a different story and every story finds a way to relate to people in different aspects of their lives! I LOVE photography, so any new way to keep it fresh, real and funky, is what I live for!

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    Cyndi says:

    Seeing things in a new way for me is to think outside the box. Maybe the location may not seem idea, but when you later look at the images you got, you are thrilled with the little surprises you may have found. :)

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    Melissa says:

    When I look through a camera I see the “story” easier than just looking with my own eyes. I see the inbetween moments. The moments I love, the momements we miss everyday if not captured.

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    For me, seeing in a new way means closing your eyes on nothing. You gotta keep them open to anything and everything that might be around you. Angles, light, shadows, texture… whatever. A technique I try every once and a while is to turn my camera upside down. Sounds kinda stupid, rather awkward, but looking at the images that result can be rather interesting. I guess it’s partially due to the different angle of the imaging plane, and part of it’s just how awkward it feels, it puts you out of your comfort zone (who wants to drop ~$2-5k worth of equipment cuz they were goofing around holding it upside down?)…
    Kinda works the same way when looking at other images for inspiration. Turn them upside down and see how the composition changes and see if it still *works*.
    just my 2 cents
    Thanks for the giveaway, love your mix of technical, business, & practical advice. And of course free stuff never hurts!!

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    Janice says:

    Seeing things in a new way means finding the unique perspective that you don’t think of normally–sort of out of the box!

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    Since I was little I’ve struggled to find a creative outlet. I’m terrible at drawing and not so hot with musical instruments or singing. I’ve always appreciated art & music, but felt I would never be able to participate in making anything that expresses my own creative imagination. Until I discovered photography. Ever since my Mom showed me what a camera is and how it works I’ve been able to discover a new world on my own learning and growing from the experience of being able to see in a new way, the world around me.

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    Suzie Bell says:

    Seeing in a new way means don’t be afraid to be bold, be daring, be creative, be different

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    Great question, as a beginning photography I always see things in a new away, when I am driving and i see a building or a place I want to try I imagine how i would have my subject and the type of picture it will turn out. I recently did a photoshoot a local park and before taking the picture I was thinking o just a park, but once I looked at the pictures while editing those pictures tunred out nice, not what I would have imagine. I would love to win these lens and love your blogs daily. THanks Jodi :)

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    I think we all need to learn to see things “in a new way” at some point in our lives. Photography is no exception and actually helps us to learn to see things from a different angle, a new perspective or in a way others see it that we do not. :) ~Christy

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    Julia Wade says:

    seeing in a new way … seeing through the eyes of your client as a photographer. meeting someone new and learning their story, and capturing that is absolutely a new way of seeing every time you go out and shoot.

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    Adrianne says:

    Seeing in a new way to me is about opening your eyes and seeing the possibilities in everyday things. Take the time to really look at the things around you and make them into art. Maybe looking from a new position or getting closer to see the details or just seeing the potential beauty in the mundane.

    Thanks, Jodi, you always are ‘opening our eyes’!

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    Susan Garland says:

    See in a new way for me has more to do with my subject. I love the different directions shots can be taken from and seeking out new inspiration. What really comes to mind when I think of see in a new way, is the way my subjects see themselves when they view the final product. People who spend everyday worring about others get a chance to remember their own beauty. It gives them more confidence and makes them smile. I love the chance I am given to help people once again see themselves in a new way.

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    Janet McK says:

    Oh dear. This is just too much excitement for this poor (literally) photographer’s heart to handle!

    When I got my first DSLR, I started seeing in a new way. Every picturesque field, every tin can on the side of the road, every telephone pole cried out to me to be photographed. I started seeing the world through the lens, even when I wasn’t holding a camera. I started to appreciate the world around me even more- and I started to strive to show the beauty in the ordinary things of the everyday. I am so grateful for this new sight, and I hope that I continue to try to see things in a new way.

    Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

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    debra says:

    for me seeing in a new way is the old cliche of thinking outside the box… trying things that no one else is trying….. i think it’s fun to try out say the baby in the giant cup, or a baby hanging from a branch, but those are things that have been done before many many times…. it’s all about finding that one pose or setting that no one know’s about. something that helps you make your mark… this all sounds kind of simple, but really it’s harder then some think…..

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    Carla Campbell says:

    Seeing in a new way is exactly what I’m doing! Just got contact lenses, no more glasses, and can actually PLACE “intentional blur” in my capture where I actually want it to be! Go Lensbaby :)

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    Jen says:

    Seeing in a new way… I saw being a mom in a new way when I had to photograph a dying newborn for a non-profit I’m involved with. The pictures were very hard to take and even harder to process but I got to see being a mom in a new way and doubly appreciate my children in a new way. Although I’m not sure I’d do a session like that again it touched me deeply.

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    Sarah Wolfe says:

    I’ve always been obsessed with faces, eyes and expressions. As I’ve fallen in love with photography I see the world as a whole with different eyes, a renewed vision. It’s suddenly more beautiful and I see simple things, a cup of coffee, the way my baby’s hand is curled just so on his pillow, a lone weed standing proud in a field of lush grass as not only lovely, but something I can capture with a lens and share with others. Moments of beauty are all around me, life is a celebration and photography helps me capture things that a year ago I could have just walked right by never noticing. I see in a new way.

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    Debi says:

    Seeing things in a new way to me is seeing them thru a lens of beauty. Every building, sunset or sunrise, clump of trees, field of corn, old barn, wrinkled face, sleeping face, joyful face, new born face, chocolate face is a thing of beauty. Loving life and wanting to capture it means looking at everything you see today in a new way – looking at it as a thing of beauty.

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    Jessika says:

    When someone says to me, “I never would have taken that picture!” it means that I’m seeing things in a new way. It might be a new way to me or a new way to the people in my life, but it’s something that’s unconventional in it’s thought. Sometimes that means seeing things plainly, and sometimes that means seeing plain things extraordinarily.

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    Stevi Sayler says:

    I have always thought of photography as a way for me to show others how I look at things and how I see the world. I can help those around me to find the beauty in a situation or scene that they may have never noticed. I think it is important to stop every once in a while and to look around you and find something you think is fascinating or beautiful. Some of my favorite things to photograph are abandoned buildings and things/places that are unloved and overlooked. I think if people took more time to see things differently and to appreciate what is in front of them and around them everyday the world would be a happy and more peaceful place.

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    sherry boles says:

    For me, “seeing in a new way” is all about taking time to see new possibilities. Getting lost in the usual way of doing things is easy to do. It doesn’t require much effort and represents an area of comfort. It’s also a place where we can find ourselves in a rut. One of the best things I do to get myself out of a photo funk is to challenge myself to do something different. There are so many things in life that we simply miss as we rush through…a new angle, an unusual bug, the way the light hits a subject, the beauty of the deep green leaves against the bright blue sky with puffy white clouds….(you get the idea)
    “Seeing in a new way” is to me about slowing down and taking it all in. Experiencing as much around me as I can possibly absorb…challenging my mind, my skills and my senses!

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    Lynne Rowe says:

    To see in a new way………I photograph flowers. I try to get new and interesting angles when I shoot. It’s not easy to do but, I keep trying. I would love to see what I could do with this lens.
    Thank you for the opportunity to try to win this lens.

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    Watson says:

    Seeing in a new way… through the lens. Scenery, faces, objects are so different… and can take on different feelings, settings, etc. And the lensbaby would only help that!!! :)

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    kathryn says:

    To me “seeing in a new way” means putting your spin on things. Capturing what “you” see through the lens and sharing it through your photography. For example when looking at some dahlia and most people would just see a pretty flower. However a when i look at that dahlia I see how the petals of the flowers form a small delicate heart. And that is what I capture with my lens. I see that flower in a new way.

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    I started seeing a whole new world when I moved to the United Arab Emirates. A friendly family orientated place where moms can still take the time to get to spend with their children and that lead me to see life in a whole new way entirely. Through the eyes of young children, laughter, joy. What followed was that the passion flowed to photography to capture that spirit in their eyes. Every day brings more interest, more intrigue. They inspire me, they give me joy and so much love. For someone who worked from 7am till 8pm life changed dramatically and I definitely see things in a new way. Sometimes from down below trying to capture my baby crawling up a slide and sometimes from up high trying to catch my eldest doing something naught. However so, its definitely so much more fun than the old life!

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    Val says:

    Seeing in a new way- as an amateur photographer, I try to see the “done so many times” shots in a new way. A different focal point, a different composition, a different angle. Sometimes it feels like everything has been done! We have to stretch our brains and our eyes and try to get something fresh.

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    Oh how I have been so discouraged lately…

    My thoughts recently were to start changing things up. I really need to take something old and make it new again. I have been eyeing one of these for a while and just can’t afford to add it to my gear right now…it would be great to win it. I want to do all those cool things with that lens baby. Boy wouldn’t that spark my creativity again…!

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    “Seeing in a new way” for me means go out to shoot at night. I love the sounds, smells and possibilities when everyone is asleep. So inspiring.

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    Jeannie says:

    Seeing differently outwardly comes from first looking inwardly, either at myself or my subjects, and figuring out the story, the moods, or the opinions within the subject.

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    Kelly says:

    I see everything in a whole new way, but my favorite thing is old buildings. Before photography, I never cared about the old downtowns, but now I appreciate them so much. Not only do I love having my client’s photo sessions downtown, but I also love just walking around and taking pictures of the old buildings.

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    Jackie Sajewski says:

    I was working on an assigned subject for a camera club I belong to whose montlhy challenge was a bugs eye view. I think I slithered and crawed through all kinds of muck getting low to things. This assignment really reinfoced how a different perspective can really go along way in creativity. ~Jackie

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    sara basile says:

    Seeing in a ‘New Way’ to me is just seeing things different and uniquely. Recently I shot pictures of a couple seeing their reflection through the mirror on the guy’s vespa. The pictures came out awesome and they really appreciated the unique way I thought. When I was shooting the pictures they weren’t really sure what I was doing but when they saw them they were amazed. I think seeing in a ‘new way’ can be making OTHER people see in a new way too, which is one of my favorite things to do :D.

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    Traci B. says:

    Seeing in a new way used to mean trying different angles, different film, different lighting, a few filter, all the things photographers can use to make one item look completely different.

    But then I had kids.

    Now seeing in a new way, to me, is about seeing things that I would never notice before. A bird flying over our car in the parking lot. A gemstone sticker abandoned on the side walk. How amazing it is to “find” your hand for the first time?! Seeing my daughters look at their world from their perspective is the best way to see in a new way! No matter what it is, they’re curious and it all looks amazing. I’d love for the world to always seem fresh looking to me, and now, no matter what I shoot, I try to make it seem new, and not just another picture.

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    Victoria says:

    I think my love of photography helps me “see in a new way”. Before the camera certain things were beautiful at different times. After the camera….I see everything as a potential photograph, as a potential piece of art. I have often said that when I look around me now (without a camera in hand), I see as though looking through a viewfinder. I find the light and angles and compositions and the stories I want to tell in the scenes in front of me.

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    Bart Leger says:

    For me, seeing in a new way is taking the time to actually look and take in a scene and thinking. I try to clear my mind and envision the possiblities rather than going to something I’ve done before.

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    Theresa says:

    We tend to look at the same things day in and day out. To me, “seeing things differently” is about focusing on the details… the light, the textures, the twirl of a dress, the wisp of hair flowing in the breeze, the muddy feet after a hard day at play, these things often go unnoticed. Related to photography, when one captures these things it is often viewed as a different perspective, or seeing things differently. And when these things are forever frozen in an image that is when the details can/are appreciated.

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    Tonya says:

    seeing in a new way to me means not only to see the beauty in beautiful things, but to be able to look at the not so beautiful (like a pile of trash) and find something beautiful within it and be able to capture that in a creative way.

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    Carol M says:

    “Seeing it in a new way” for me means to find the beauty in everything, sure the boat floating on the still water with it’s reflection looks great, but how about the rusty anchor keeping it from drifting away. Look around, your main subject is often right under your nose and not at all what you were initially looking for. Change your angle, shoot from underneath, try new things all the time, there is nothing to lose. I recently accompanied another photographer on a wedding he was shooting. I was amazed as we trekked through a field of wheat to get to an abandoned old house. I cringed as he laid on his side on the old, dirty floor in this house to get his shot of the bride sitting on the ledge where there was once a window. His shot was amazing. This taught me to forget about getting dirty, do whatever you need to get the shot that inspires you, the results can be incredible!

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    Heather says:

    “seeing in a new way” means stepping out of your comfort zone of how you would normally “see” through your lens and taking chances you may not always take and getting creative with your pictures. Love it!

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    Photography has helped me to see everything differently. I enjoy looking at the world with a new eye and all the possibilities. Capturing that moment is so rewarding now.

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    This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a small photography workshop and I learned to look not at what something is, but what it can become. I’m hoping to change my focus and head a different direction with my photography – especially senior photography. Asking myself this question enables me to “See in a New Way” as a phototgrapher.

    Thanks for hosting this contest!

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    Karin says:

    Photography is all about ‘seeing in a new way’ for me. A simple drive to town or through a new area inspires me. That old run-down shed in an overgrown field or some unused train tracks or simply finding a location with the perfect lighting. Seeing in a new way sometimes means finding a different angle, trying a new pose or shooting outside of the ‘rules’. It’s about capturing a feeling and sharing an emotion. Ultimately it’s about finding the beauty and truth in everything.

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    It may sound somewhat cliche, but doing Project 365 for the first time this year has really pushed me to see things in a new way. It happens constantly – I look at a certain plant in the garden differently, or suddenly realize how cute a cluster of books is. Keeping up with it has been challenging, but the payoff is incredible for my photography as a whole and my perspective in particular. Thanks for doing this giveaway! :)

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    I think we all hanker to go to an exotic place, or have an opportunity to photograph a stunning subject to get those photos we dream of. But it was pointed out to me that the best place to take photographs is where you are. Right now. You just have to stop, slow down, see, and see in new ways. How often do we take the time to slow down? So I tried it, I took my D200 (my backup camera) with a 50mm 1.8 lens, in my handbag, (wrapped in a piece of clothing for padding) each day with a 50mm 1.8 lens. No big camera bags, no fancy high end zooms. And when I waited places I made myself take it out, and take photos from where I was sitting… and I saw new things, shapes, forms, the play of light on objects, the unguarded expressions on passersby… and I improved… but I still have along way to go on this journey and always look for the next lesson or inspiration…

    Thanks for sharing this Jody!

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    cheryl says:

    looking for detail, or shape, or color, or texture, or just about anything to photograph. color…oh, how I love color! I love looking for new angles to take the “same old photograph”. finding that something different (angle, lighting, weather) that sets the “same old photograph” apart and truly makes it stand out.

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    “seeing in a new way” happened to me once I got into photography. My view of the world has never been the same since. I feel like I am constantly looking through a viewfinder. I find patterns in everyday objects, I compose scenes in my mind, I get distracted by the catchlights in people’s eyes….it is never ending. I love that I am now able to view the world through a viewfinder!!

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    Kim says:

    To me “seeing in a new way” means that sometimes you really do need to have “both” eyes open. I am photographing a lot of my kids’ sporting events and am learning you actually do need both eyes.

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    Puna says:

    Hi Jodi,

    How am I seeing things in a new way? I think I now call myself an artist rather than a snapshot photographer as before I received my SLR. I wish for more knowledge all the time! Thanks for the giveaway Jodi!

    puna

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    Puna says:

    I’m spreading the word.

    I wrote about it on my blog…
    http://lifesignatures.org/wordpress/2009/08/august-18-seeing-in-a-new-way/

    and I twittered about it but I don’t know how to leave that link.

    I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to leave another comment so please feel free to delete one if that’s not the case. Thank you!

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    what “seeing in a new way” means to you:

    Seeing in a new way means doing something you never thought you would… like taking a picture laying on the ground… or climbing in a tree to get a bird’s eye view. People always think I’m crazy when I lay on the ground… but it just gives a different perspective. I’m still learning and falling in love with photography every day. I recently got a 50mm 1.4 and I’m trying to view things differently since this is a much different lens than I have previously used. Hoping to get some new ideas SOON!

    I posted on Twitter and on Facebook…

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    Andrea says:

    Since I first picked up a camera, my goal has been to basically take a picture as if I’m a fly on the wall. I want to experience things the way they always are, the way a child looks at her mother as she puts her wedding dress on, the way the light shines through the branches on a cool autumn morning, even the way two siblings pester each other despite their mom’s pleas to cut it out.
    To me, that is “seeing in a new way”. So often, when people see a camera they get that cheesy, almost lame smile on their face and strike a pose. But I want to be able to give them their true self on film, the beauty that is themselves.

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    Nancy Evans says:

    For me, seeing things in a new way came when I accepted the challenge of a “picture a day” for 365 days. It taught me to look at things differently, experience textures, look from different angles, perpectives and see the “vision” and composition of a photograph. But more importantly, it’s a gift to see that ALL things are beautiful and each thing offers something unique. It has been a great adventure so far and I’m looking forward to the end of the year book I’m creating of all my pictures.

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    catherine k smith says:

    Seeing in a new way for me, as a newbie, is to slow down & get a fresh perspective in and around all the places where I have lived for 20 years – to find that cool angle, funky spot, untouched place where I can practice practice practice – and start to develop my own style. That lensbaby would really expand my horizons! Thanks for the great blog & contest!

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    Laura says:

    when i look through the lens i try to tie together all the elements that i see. even if if means a facial expression and the dominant colors of a photo or even the positioning of hands – it all means something and it should all flow together. this is the most important aspect of photography to me.

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    emily says:

    Seeing in a new way embodies trying to find the beauty in anything and everything. What one would view as ugly, I want to see as beautiful. Something or someone that I might have once passed by without a second glance now to me is something to behold and capture with my camera.

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    Denise Olson says:

    Since beginning the photo adventure, I am constantly seeing the world in a new way. whether its the subject that I’m photographing, experimenting with new lens or camera settings, my postprocessing exploration, or even handing my camera to my 4 yr old to determine how wee ones see the world through the lens. The creative adventures never seize, and the outcome grows.
    Posted on Facebook, and small tutorial posted in my Inspiration Blog.

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    Rebecca Sior says:

    Seeing in a new way? There’s so much to say about it, but so little space! I guess I will just say that photography has taught me to see the whole world in a new way. I know, everyone says that. But it’s so true. I started just seeing things in a new way when I started my photo adventures years and years ago. Then I started to see people in a new way. Now I see light in a totally brand spanking new way (I just love me some good light!). The biggest, most exciting thing I’m seeing in a new way is ME. Seriously – photography has taught me more about myself than it has taught me about composition and lighting and background and aperture. I’m learning how to be creative, how to express myself, and how to be proud of my work – even if it’s not as good as some of the pros out there. I’m learning to let go and enjoy the experience of learning. Some day (maybe with fun new toys to stimulate my growth!) I’ll get where I want to be. But if I don’t, the journey will be totally awesome!

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    Daniel says:

    Seeing in a new way, for me, is narrowing my focus to specific topics to change my perspective on those subjects. Whether it be photographing only items of a certain color, using a certain perspective (high vs low, etc), macros of textures, a specific type of animal, a particular kind of person, whatever. As a “picture taking enthusiast”, we often find ourselves taking photos that just try to capture a whole scene so pull it all in so we don’t miss anything.
    As a photographer, however, we’re also interested in the fine details and artistic aspect of a photo as well. The best way to draw our attention to these details is to limit our photographic focus and goals for a time to tune into them. If we do this enough, we can become unconsciously aware of it all and that in turn makes even our snapshots “better” – whatever that may mean to you.
    The Lensbaby would allow me to combine “picture taking” and narrowing my focus into 1 photo, as the blurred effect will help to isolate part of a whole image, while still keeping a hint of the rest in the shot. That, to me, is very exciting.

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    Von says:

    To me ‘see in a new way’ is what happens everytime I pick up my camera. When I look at something through my camera I see it in a totally new way. It takes on a new form, a new life, a new view. Since trying my hand at photograpy I see everything a different way.

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    Amie Chipping says:

    What “seeing in a new way” means to me is experimenting with fellow photographers by both/all of us shooting at the same subject, and then comparing our different views with our end results. I find that I learn a lot not only about photography, but also about the photographers.

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    Because of blog stalking and interesting sites like yours I am seeing many ho hum locations as the proverbial pot of gold now. LOVE IT. It’s helping me tailor my sessions to fit the personalities of my clients better.

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    Shannon says:

    Seeing a new way means so many things to me. It means a new take on old things, a way to explore my world much as my children new with new and fresh eyes. It will give me something to do when I am feeling stresesd and want to unwind, it will be something that will open my eyes again to all that seems the same and mundane as I will look at it with a different viewpoint.

    I have tried many challenges, but frequently find the most simple are the easiest to make happen, such as to just try shooting a new way.

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    Seeing in a new way to me means noticing something new in the old, capturing something through the lens that my eye has not noticed before. I love when I notice a beauty mark, or a dimple or something when I look at a photograph that maybe I never paid attention to before. When looking through that lens you see things a whole new way!

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    Carrie Morris says:

    I’ve noticed since my baby was born 6 months ago, I’m seeing the world in a new way… through her eyes. Everything is exciting and new again.

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    feona seerattan says:

    seeing in a new way has been driving me nuts (in a good way)
    i find myself wanting to pull over on the side of the road to take a photo of the flower just sitting there with the light just hitting it oh so perfectly. i can take countless photos of my kids sleeping, each one different because their little hand moveD a bit or they just seem to snuggle a little closer to their blankey. ideas rush through my head when i pass an open field or find an abandoned barn, catchlights in people’s eyes pull me in and sometimes i get lost and cant hear what they are talking about. in this crazy world “seeing in a new way” has given me solace and I LOVE IT!

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    Dawn R says:

    I have been seeing in a new way ever since I got ‘serious’ about photography, about a year ago. I catch myself noticing things I hadn’t, on the exact same trips I’ve made time and time again. I notice lighting now, and everything just looks ‘prettier’. When I first started seeing things in a new way, I was always like, ‘Oh, man, I wish I had my camera!’ Now I take my camera everywhere I go. I love seeing things the way I do now, and can’t believe how much I missed out on before. :-) Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win the lensbaby composer. This has been on my wish list for a little bit now. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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    Shawn says:

    Seeing in a new way means challenging myself to constantly reevaluate my perspective, trying to capture the details, the mood, the atmosphere of the situation that I am photographing so accurately that the viewer can’t help but feel embraced by the photograph, like they were there.

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    I will give an example from a recent shoot of seeing in a new way. I recently did a family shoot and was craving the nontypical family poses. I got lots of inspiration beforehand and the shoot was probably my favorite outside of my baby boy. I shot from different perspectives of the typical lets sit on the bench pose. I also let the family share ideas and I believe that helps see from a different way. Sometimes we get so bogged down with all the technicals and, in my case, a 6 year old helps me create awesome, unique poses. So seeing in a different was is opening your eyes and mind and get moving and you may be surprised at how awesome your shots will come out.

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    Three months ago you would have thought my life was a HUGE distortion. The corporate 9-5 was taking a toll on me! I needed a change! I was bent out of shape. I prayed for the courage to fight the fear I had inside. Compose yourself girl!! Believe!! I am now focusing in on my business. My passion. My photography. I am zooming in on everything that is important and blurring out all the excess. Social Media has totally changed my life! I finally see the light. I have hope and faith like never before. I am finally moving forward! My life was jolted with inspiration. It feels like the world has tilted and pushed me into a path that I am loving. My dreams are within my reach. I’m seeing things in a new way. The Lensbaby way. My way.

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    James says:

    Seeing in a new way means, for me, to experience a vision in a way that I don’t get to see often. As a new Dad, I often wonder what it would be like to see the world through my child’s eyes. To experience the sights and colors for the first time… All the magic, beauty and wonder that the world holds. This is how I envision to see in a new way.

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    Sue says:

    As I practice photography, I challenge myself to move the ordinary to something extraordinary or move away from snapshots toward art. That most often involves attempting to “see things in a new way.” I have seen some fantastic work created by using the Lensbaby and would love to have the opportunity to explore, create, and “see things in a new way” with a Lensbaby. Great contest. I am posting a link on my blog and have joined the Facebook group!

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    I remember the early days of my photography journey, when my mentor exhorted me to “see things differently.” Oh, how those words confounded me! They were patiently repeated after each of my feeble attempts, haunting me, becoming increasingly irritating. And I took baby steps. Eventually, these wise words began to take hold. No longer content to do the same things, I sought to express or evoke some new emotion with my camera, to tell a timeless tale from a different perspective, to interpret the everyday in a way that made its value evident, to expose and celebrate the endless beauty in the people and world around me. As my creativity has grown, my satisfaction has grown. Still on my never-ending journey, those words echo today and spur me on. The words that confused, frustrated and humbled me have given me wings.

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    For me “seeing things in a new way” was undersanding that my “everyday” was special and beautiful and definately worthy of capturing. Seeing my everyday through my lens…my cat taking a nap in the sun, my son playing with his trains, my baby playing on the floor or my husband asleep on the couch on Sunday morning. Noticing even those seemingly mundane things and moments and capturing them, freezing that moment in time, through photography has been exciting and ultimately recording priceless pieces of “us”. This “new way of seeing things” and has also helped me with my professional photography helping me to be able to photograph clients and allow them to reveal themselves to me through the details that make up their personalities.

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    elena wilken says:

    I love extremely shallow dof, a strong focus/out of focus ‘relationship’ in my pictures.
    The other day I was reading about a new technique I haven’t heard about before – freelensing – so I went ahead and tried it. So much fun and such awesome results! The same 50 1.4 that would give me pretty predictable results (based on my choices on aperture or shutter speed), gave me surprising shots, with an amazing dof – no set aperture. Definitely a fun and new way of seeing things.

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    Marlie says:

    I love it that everytime I pick up my camera I have potential to see things in a new way. Having participated in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk in North Vancouver, BC, I had the opportunity to explore an area that is so familiar to me, yet I saw things in a different light and with a different eye. I love going to familiar places, taking the lens cap off, putting my eye to the viewfinder and capturing something new for that moment. Thanks Jodi for a great blog!

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    Kim says:

    I moved to Turkey from Canada when my daughter was 6 weeks old. I leapt into motherhood, a whole new culture, and a whole new life. Everything I see now, I see so differently than I did ere now. Being immersed in a culture so entirely different from those in which I grew up (British and Canadian,) I can’t help but conceive of the world in a different light– not from a wholly Western perspective though not Eastern either. Seeing things is entirely about perspective. And I would sure love to win a lensbaby lens to help me document the way I see things here in the Middle East! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Miki DeVivo says:

    I had a hard time adjusting to being a mom. I was edgy and overwhelmed by the constant-ness of it it all. One day when my daughter was 6 months old, my mother and I dressed her up in some vintage baby clothes given to us by a friend. I picked up the camera to take some pictures for the thank you card, and as corny as it sounds to say this, in that moment, my life changed. As I looked through the camera at my daughter, everything melted away and I was able to see her pure self shining back at me. In being able to see her in this new way, I was able to focus on her right there in front of me and forget about all the things I thought I “should” be doing as a mom. Now, whenever I am struggling as a parent–and that does still happen, unfortunately–I look at those pictures and they remind me to stop what I’m doing and really see her, the wonderful being that she is almost four years later. And it is this same sense of truly seeing that I hope to bring to my photography, and the gift I hope to bring to the families I photograph.

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    HuckleberryKim says:

    Seeing in a new way is what photography has done for me. It has opened my eyes to so many new scenes. I never really looked and saw all the different elements in our world before. It has opened my eyes to beauty that is all around us. Beauty truly is in the eye of the photographer!

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    Gillian says:

    For me, sometimes it’s not about just grabbing that ‘perfect’ shot, but about capturing the essence of your subject. Sometimes real is beautiful :)

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    Shell says:

    Seeing in a new way… I used to think photography was all about posing and getting the child to look right at the camera so you had the perfect picture. Then my son was diagnosed with Autism and he made me see photography in a different way. It isn’t all about the perfect pose and smiling right into at the camera, it’s wait I found this bug on the ground let’s pick it up and look at it and capturing those moments also. My son has shown me I needed to see photography in a new way so that I didn’t miss out on “his world”.

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    Mindy Mooney says:

    seeing the world in a new way, for me, is watching my 1-year old learn and explore and trying to capture that excitement. This lens sort of embodies that idea…of something SPECIFIC to be viewed in an itneresting way. The way little one’s see the world.

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    Seeing things in a new way, often means seeing things through someone else’s eyes. One of my favorite things to do is go shooting with friends. It could be an excursion or just to the park down the street. What always gets me is how we could essentially stand next to each other and shoot the same thing and we each go our seperate ways and post our photos online to share. When we look at each others images, we both realize that although we shot the same thing, our images look so strikingly different! Funny thing, we will both tell each other ‘I wish I could see it like you did!’

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    Heidi says:

    Seeing in a new way to me means noticing things that I never noticed before and capturing it to share with everyone. It is not just about getting a good photograph of a person, it is about capturing their own personal beauty which is the essence of who they are.

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    Katie L says:

    For me, seeing a new way is about exploration. I love to go in seemingly unwelcoming places to see what interesting things can be found. Finding new ways of expressing things helps me see a new way.

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    Conni says:

    When you place yourelf ‘behind’ the camera lens you become invisible and secrets are shared you never knew existed…… you see in a new way…the world around you, the faces you love, the strangers you thought you knew… I love to ‘see in a new way’ everyday….

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    Jill says:

    I’ve really begun seeing things in a new way since getting into photography. One example is just driving around in downtown areas. The textures, the bricks, the colors – I see them all now thinking what they would add to a picture. It’s amazing how photography changes your point of view on things. I’m linking back via facebook and twitter!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a lensbaby!!

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    Debbie S says:

    Seeing things in a new way for me is: I have become so inspired by some many amazing photographers’ blogs on the web. I just ordered my first DSLR. It is coming tomorrow in the mail. I cannot wait to capture new and fun things and try out all of the awesome tricks and advice that I have read over the past year. So that is how I am going to see things in a new way. Thanks!

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    I started seeing in a new way once I decided that I needed to work on a comprehensive story when photographing weddings. Before that I was just snapping pictures, but once I sat down and looked at my wedding photography I realized that my photographs had to tell a visual story of the day so I started to concentrate on having each photograph mean something in the timeline of that day.

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    “See in a new way” to me is break the rules and use technology to optimize and help your creativity. My “oh” moment was this weekend on the supermarket, i was waiting for my husband on the car and suddenly happened, a couple was kissing goodbye sooo beautifully inside an enormous chaos around them, people passing by with they market cars, going and coming, everyone doing their own stuff on a sunday afternoon… but they were spreading love so high that i take a shoot on my mind and think, that ideas are everywhere and no one will see it like you, so, i´ll love to win!!

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    Monica says:

    Seeing things in a new way is getting my first DSLR! Now, I see the world through the eyes of someone who wants to capture the beauty they see!

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    Seeing things in a new way – for me, all comes down to perspective – an adventurous angle is always fun. — watching how light falls on subjects – in the back of my mind, always framing things up as if taking snap shots in my head and pondering them for future photo opportunities!

    Love your blog – thank you for all the work you put into keeping us informed and learning!

    Jodi – you rock! :)

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    Deborah says:

    Ever since I have started getting into photography, I feel like I see everything in a new way. The way I look at a sunset, or the mountains, or my beautiful baby girl’s face – I’m constantly seeing in my head how I would like for it to look in a photograph. It also means not just capturing those posed pictures, but also the little things in life that matter – like her fingers or her toes or her messy face after eating lunch.

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    Seeing in a new way is composed of so many different factors. Other photographer’s creativity helps me see in a new way. Just getting out with my camera helps me see in a new way. Starting my own Photography business lately is helping me see many things in a new way – both opportunities & just how much organization I need! Seeing in a new way, to me, is about finding inspiration in all the little things in life like my daily tasks as well as intentionally considering angles, lighting & texture for a photo & using those in a new way.

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    Adrienne U says:

    Seeing things in a new way………the first thing that came to mind was getting down and low. Seeing the world like my kids see it at their little heights… everything looks much different at their level. Great contest MCP!! :)

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    Camille says:

    Seeing in a new way – Stepping outside of the box and trying something different (may not be different to Photo Joe, but is different for you). Pushing your boundaries. Being as creative as YOU can be.

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    Emily H. says:

    First of all, I hope this contest isn’t solely based on our talent of writing an essay, because the written word isn’t what I’m good at, photography is.
    When I look through the lens of a camera I see in a new way, I see what most people don’t notice. I find beauty in things that others might find ugly. I see the beauty of this world in all of its bright colors, textures, and light. Quite often in everyday life I forget to notice the beauty that is all around me, but when I’m using a camera I see in a new way. A Lensbaby would help me expand my views even more of seeing in a new way.

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    Gayle says:

    Photography has certainly helped me to see in new ways. I notice details that I never noticed before. I notice the quality of the light and how a ray of sun touches things, or people! I notice the amazing beauty of things that I used to just walk past before photography!

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    pam says:

    Seeing in a new way is what a lensbaby is all about, anytime I need to see in another way I bring out my Freeman Patterson book The Art of Seeing and I am re-inspired all over again. One of my favs is to go into the woods and jump up and down with my camera held out and on a slow shutter and see what I get ( this is much easier with digital and I did do it with film).

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    Ashley says:

    “Seeing in a New Way”

    I picked up a camera on my first day of class and from that day forth, a hunger has emerged. Photography is not just a hobby for me, it is an outlet for creative thought, stress, anger, happiness. Photography has changed the way that I view the world–not just how I see objects and say, “Oh, that would make an amazing photograph”, but how I view everything I interact with. Movies. Television. People around me. I often pause movies and marvel at the composition of the frame. I talk to my sister and watch the subtlety of the expressions on her face as she complains about D**** from the ME Department and capture it in my mind.

    From my first touch of a camera until now and perhaps forever, I am seeing life in a new way.

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    Julie says:

    It’s simple really…it’s just fun to see the world from a different angle.

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    Seeing in a new way to me was all about changing my perspective on what my daughter might see. Instead of continually shoot at MY eye level, I got myself down low and started shooting some photos at her height. Using a right-angle finder I now know how big something can look, but more important how DIFFERENT it can look to someone so small.

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    Seeing in a new way – Producing something that makes you smile without worry if other will like you work or want to buy. Change you settings up for a blurry image, shoot the subject from behind for a new perspective, crop a lot more, include weird fixtures as backgrounds, etc

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    I love the way my Lensbaby let’s me see things in a new way. I don’t always follow all the Photography rules…and I love that I can shoot what I see and show it from a different perspective. Rock On Lensbaby!

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    Pablo Varela says:

    For me to see in a new way is to try something new, something unusual, like using a lens I have never used or I haven’t used for a while and keeping it on a whole weekend. Or deciding upon a subject for a few days and sticking to it. I remember a few years back I started shooting corners, but only close ups of the point where the two walls meet the floor.

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    Crystal says:

    For me, seeing in a new way has meant slowing down, pausing, taking time to consider and looking at the pieces that make up my whole life. And then when putting it all together, being so much more aware of the goodness and the relationships that enrich my life.

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    Seeing in a new way for me is doing anything and everything that comes to mind without the fear of looking silly to my clients. Sometimes I lay in the sand…other times I climb a wall. Sometimes they looked stunned and end up telling me to be careful as they giggle at me. Then I tell them to wait until they see the results. Other times it’s the creative ideas that pop into my head for a session that I run with like — taking my lighting gear out into a field in the dark and shooting fashion photos with a friend because the idea popped into my head and I wanted to make it happen!

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    Linda says:

    My new passion for photography is helping me to see in a new way. Granted I’m just starting on this path my new perceptions and interpretation of life is only in its infancy. While driving down familiar roads I will see shapes, textures, and shadows that I’ve just never noticed before. I feel like I’ve had a paradigm shift with my surroundings; when I look at a tree I notice the angle of the branch, the texture of the bark and how the light is playfully peeking through the leaves. Shifting from taking pictures to capturing photos and creating art is helping me see my community, family, and myself in a completely new way. Seeing in a new way means I’m more present in the moment, more aware and ever grateful for the simple beauty all around me.

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    rachael s says:

    seeing in a new way…what initally came to mind is how i see myself in a new way after the experiences i have had over the past 2 1/2 years. without diving into a novel length explanation, having premature triplets allowed me the time + space to heal + grow in ways i never allowed myself to do. i am 32 + i just recently found the courage to be able to identify, embrace + pursue my dream. it was through the camera that i was first able to see myself in a new way + with the camera that i hope to help others do the same.

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    Tanya says:

    I was trying to see in a new way just the other day, by actually blurring everything and just looking at the color combos. It was pure fun.

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    I think “seeing things in a new way” is all about perspective, a frame of mind; seeing the glass half-full instead of half-empty. Of course this applies to life, but it can also apply to photography! “Bad pictures” may actually be “good” or “blurry” pictures might actually make the image’s meaning more clear(i.e. sometimes a blurred picture of a child running is much more telling of who he/she truly is then a perfectly posed portrait).. so seeing things in a new way can often change your whole attitude about certain life situations or even photos! It can help you capture images with true meaning.. – Thanks for making me remember that!

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    I do have the lensbaby 2.0 and I absolutely love it! The composer would be such a great addition! The 2.0 has already introduced to a whole new world of photography and the composer would do so much more! I no “see in a whole new way” and I hope you can tell that when you look at the photos I have posted on my blog (especially the bee one)! Thank you for this great opportunity!

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    Shari Miles says:

    I began to see things in a new way when my first grandchild was born three years ago! Bless her heart, she was only a few minutes old when I began to look at her through my lens and she in my view finder every time I get a chance!! It seems that I have used every angle that I can possibly get. I would so love to win the Lens Baby, I think it would open up a whole new world with my photography experience! As a matter of fact, it would have been a tremendous help last nigh on River Street in Savanna Georgia. I saw a light fixture, well I am going to describe it for you. I know you are going to just say WHAT!! But here goes… Have you ever seen a Chandelier made with Oyster shell?? Yeah, I know!! It was absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately I didn’t get a good shot of it, there were to many people moving around to get the shot I needed. With that being said, I think have a Lens Baby would be more than beneficial to me. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter this contest!

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    i love clouds, sunsets, critters, flowers and would like to see them differently or… to be able to really see the layers and shapes of clouds, all the colors in a sunset or rainbow, the center of flowers, eyes…i love eyes in people and critters, things in the stream, different shapes of rainbows, lightning… things that in motion… so much…

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    Kristine says:

    As I (kinda) move from taking snapshots to taking photographs, I see the beauty in the little things and details that I never noticed before – children’s feet on the first day of running barefoot through the grass, little hands digging through the dirt. It has helped me see that you don’t need to have the whole scene in the photograph to tell the whole story.

    I twittered this, but not sure how to leave the link;), and have also written about it in the photography section on a scrapbooking forum. I’ll blog about it later when I’m not at work!

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    Deborah Evans says:

    I am dyslexic and so I think it helps me in trying to think outside the box because I already see things a little different than most people anyway. I try to get low or high and think about how I could see the subject in a new light. I wish I knew how to take photos like a PRO, but I am learning everyday and enjoy being creative with it and not being afraid to try! Every photo tells a story…it’s often those moments that aren’t planned that really are the best photos. I would really be so excited if I won…keeping my fingers crossed :)

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    christiane says:

    Seeing in a new way to me is making the subject “pop” out in the picture- I like seeing the surroundings around, but love it when the subject just stands out! :) Thanks for the contest!!

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    Camilla says:

    For me “seeing in a new way” has a double meaning. After years of bad health, with limited outdoor activities and sunlight, finally venturing out into the world again is like seeing it all a new. I take my camera with me everywhere, and I am amazed at the beauty in the daily things, that we so often take for granted. I love getting really close and examining florals, clouds, the kids and textures of all sorts of things. My camera has certainly helped me see again!
    Thanks for the contest and the chance :)

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    As Wayne Dyer says “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. This has been great advice for my life, but also for my photography. Switching angles, shooting the unusual, and breaking rules on lighting are all ways of “seeing in a new way” for me.
    Thanks so much.

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    deirdre ryan says:

    Since my diagnoses with Fibromylgia and Multiple Sclerosis, seeing in a new way takes on a whole different meaning in my work.

    I do not take anything for granted. For me, I see things as a whole with my eyes and my spirit and how I am physically in that moment.

    I photograph to take my mind off the physical pain that I endure every moment when I’m awake and when I sleep. When I am able to step outside and enjoy the fresh air when it’s not too hot, I breathe and take in all that is around me. I feel refreshed in my mind.

    Taking out my cameras I try to capture moments or what I like to call “physical thoughts” around me. Whether that is within the nature that surrounds my home or the people and structures around.

    Seeing differently is a mind and body experience that I savor, I try not to think of my possible future or my past. Seeing differently is what I do in the present.

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    Jenny says:

    Colors. Shapes. Details. Patterns. On the day I picked up my camera with a goal of creating art, the world reached out and grabbed my attention, and hasn’t let go since.

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    Heather Byrd says:

    I’ve always wanted to be a “studio” photographer because I thought that’s what a photographer was supposed to do. But after 3 years of trying to get it right..and failing, I started to experiment with natural light. I fell in love instantly and now I see the world very differently. Every place I go is a new world to me and I love it. Maybe one day I can give it another go with strobes and such, but right now, I’m enjoying the new found confidence in my ability to capture life in natural light. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such great prizes. I love your blog!!!

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    Teresa Sweet says:

    I truly believe that I have the best jobs in the world…being a mother and a professional photographer. As a photographer, you really know you’ve been blessed with the craft when you view the world as you would thru a viewfinder. But as a mother, you also begin to SEE things thru a different perspective, thru different eyes. Being able to combine the two is amazing. I’m mainly a wedding photographer and yes, while I am focusing on the main portraits to be taken, you have to see things that others normally wouldn’t. Out of the corner of your eye, a flower girl could be dancing, playing hide and seek with some friends or like a recent wedding of mine, playing with frogs. It’s all about finding the light that many people wouldn’t see…playing with shadows, angles. Or for example, an abandoned building….the typical person passing by would think it’s an eye sore. A photographer on the other hand, think it’s a gold mine for interesting and intricate photos. Seeing things in a new perspective is what will make you, as a photographer, stand out from all the other photographers around you.

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    Michelle says:

    As a photographer, I’ve learned to see the little things, not just the over all scene. The expressions on faces in the background add so much to an image. Tiny toes, tiny fingers. A sudden slash of color can make something stand out so much! Old things, buildings, vehicles, clothing…WOW…so…dramatic and filled with untold stories that are hinted at in an image.
    My career is the best in the entire world, and one that I cherish every day. What a blessing!
    Michelle

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    DaniGirl says:

    Ooo, “seeing in a new way” is my theme this year! I’m in the middle of a 365 project (just a couple of weeks past half-way, in fact) and I am gobsmacked at how I’ve learned to see the world in a new way. Instead of just looking, I *see* now — I love to see the light changing, how different perspectives change things, how stuff I’ve seen a million times before is suddenly fascinating! I’d love a lensbaby lens to help inspire me in the last half of this fantastic project of mine…

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    Laura Menard says:

    To me, seeing in a new way is something that happens with each and every new client I work with. I have a style of shooting that is my own, and I use it freely when I capture personal moments in nature or of my family. But when I client hires me for a portrait session, I make it a point to adapt my style to showcase what is important to them. For example, someone in touch with the nature and the environment may love for me to shoot a panorama of landscape and sky with them as a tiny subject in the corner, whereas someone more passionate about the person in the photo may be less appreciative of so much landscape and prefer a tighter crop on the subject’s face instead. I may sometimes have to spend less time examining the small details that delight me with a shallow depth of field, and more time with the lens stopped down to catch more of the bigger picture. Even though I may often have to examine things outside of my normal technique of shooting, I sometimes learn more about myself when I am forced to do so.

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    Vikki says:

    Seeing in a new way is the story of my life! Spicing up life brings adventure and excitement to what some precieve as normal or just plain borring. Inspiration from others leads to new ideas to grow with which leads to experiments…and new found loves! Life is too short to be just average! Spice it up and run with it! … and you will have great memories and events (and photos!) to look back upon. I strive to capture a moment that evokes emotion…shock value! A photo that is alive…full of life. My little dog Roxy has inspired me to see the world thru her eyes….and what a world it is 6 inches off the ground!

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    patricia says:

    for me it is making something creative and fun out of ordinary objects and every day stuff.

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    Vicki M says:

    I hit the quarter century mark yesterday – and am having a bit of a quarter life crisis over it. I’m totally not where I thought I would be in my life, but have made a commitment to look at my life through a new perspective and enjoy where I am and the journey to where I will be instead of hurrying to where I want to be. To “see it in a new way” if you will.

    Posting on facebook and twitter.

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    Tracey S says:

    When I became a mother, I began to ‘see in a new way.’ Before, my camera was not utilized nearly as often as it should have been…to document all the little things in life that make it worth while. Once my daughter was born, I had an intense urge to capture every.little.detail. I didn’t want to miss anything. In doing so, I have been able to see the world in a new way – through her eyes. I have also been reminded that it is the little things in life that make it wonderful – smiles, laughs, love.

    What an awesome giveaway!! Posting on FB.

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    Trina says:

    I try to see in a new way by changing my perspective. Whether it be moving around the object, getting below, or above. Lately I have been shooting with a 50mm lens to change my perspective and to not rely on zooming in to get my shot. My photos have changed immensely in perspective and depth of field. I am also composing more interesting and challenging shots.

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    Katherine Paluska says:

    Several years after taking a photography class at our local junior college I began to see that by changing my perspective on an object really changed how my view or vision of it affected it’s reality. I love to experiment with getting as close up to an object as I can and shoot it, then back off and gradually shoot at different depths and angles. Things that are so obvious at front and center become mysterious and wonderful using a close lens or odd angle. That’s just one of the ways I like to play with pictures!

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    Pamela says:

    “seeing in a new way” happens with every photo session. Each subject I photograph has a unique style all their own that helps me create an image that THEY can ‘see in a new way’.

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    Meghan M says:

    More than just seeing things in a new way, I think we often forget to “see” at all. So many people are caught up in getting to, and going from their mundane tasks that they lose their sight, the gifts we are given in every day. When I ventured into photography I realized all I had been missing, all the things right in front of me I had never seen at all. It’s not always about beauty, it’s about a story. About letting every piece of earth, every living thing, every work of art, and every structure survive past their moment in time and take hold of their moment in history, no matter how insignificant. Photographers see things in a new way, and tell the world it’s secrets, without saying a word.

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    Michelle O says:

    Seeing in a new way to me means moving around my subject to find different light and angles, my light bulb moment on seeing a new way was while I was taking pictures of my son in a tree and the light was too harsh from above me, so I climbed up in the tree and shot down at him. Better angle for the light and the feel of the photo overall!

    Posted on facebook and my blog.

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    Breanne says:

    Emotion causes me to see in a new way. When I’m joyful, the light of the world looks different than when I’m sad or angry or calm… I seek to let my emotions come through in my photos in an effort to release them, but also so that perhaps others my see something from my perspective. Open *their* eyes to seeing in a new way, just as others’ photos, words, songs, lives help me to see in a new way every day.

    Posted on FB and a photo on my Flickr (a photo that is linked from both of my blogs and from my Twitter account).

    This is a fantastic giveaway. I just used a LensBaby for the second time today… I can only imagine the possibilities if I had my own and didn’t have to borrow! :D

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    Catriona says:

    First, when your camera has become like another part of you, you begin to see in a new way yourself. Even when the camera is not in front of your eye, your eye sees other dimensions of things – the magical side of ordinary objects, the secret possibilities behind faces you pass in the street, the revelation of a particular angle of light… Not only are you inspired to take photos, but even without the camera your vision is more joyful.
    Secondly, there is the pleasure of each time that your new way of seeing makes someone else see in a new way too – when others can truly see what you were trying to capture in your photo. Then you are really sharing your vision.

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    Seeing in a new way means to me that I am a photographer. I think just being photographers that each and everyday we see the world in a new way. Seeing the way the light hits an object, the way the light changes the appearance of an object/subject at different times of day and from different angles. I know I approach the world differently and see the world through different eyes just because I am a photographer, seeing beauty in things, shapes, objects that others may not see. Seeing in a new way as a storm approaches and getting excited by the way the light changes, by the shapes that are created by the sky. Seeing in a new way means observing and watching, looking at something from different angles. Seeing in a new way means seeing things that others may not. Looking for things that others may not see. Seeing beauty where others may not know where to find it. Seeing in a new way means finding beauty in everyday life and everyday objects.

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    kymberli q. says:

    Seeing it in a new way just means looking at something differently. Sometimes I compose the shot the same way I always do and then I think to myself, “Try a different angle.” and then I usually surprised myself. You just have to remind yourself to think outside of the box you put yourself in! :)

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    Louise Fletcher says:

    Seeing in a new way for me means breaking the rules… the rules of photography. Embracing the flare, chopping off heads, creative blur, fast panning. It took me a long time to feel confident in my ability (or actually, my love of taking photos), no matter what others throught. My favourite image i have captured is of my daughter – the background is completely blown out, her face is overexposed and it crops through her chin, and I have so many people compliment me (and her) on it.

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    Louise Fletcher says:

    Seeing in a new way for me means breaking the rules… the rules of photography. Embracing the flare, chopping off heads, creative blur, fast panning. It took me a long time to feel confident in my ability (or actually, my love of taking photos), no matter what others thought. My favourite image i have captured is of my daughter – the background is completely blown out, her face is overexposed and it crops through her chin, and I have so many people compliment me (and her) on it.

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    All the time when people ask photographer’s why they are a photographer I hear the response, I wanted to show people the way I see the world. For me, it was the opposite. Buying that first camera CHANGED the way I see the world. I stopped to take notice for the first time in a long time. I’m so busy with the kids all the time I feel like I am blindly fixated on one thing. I could take an outing and not remember a single person I passed, I was unobservant. Seeing in a new way for me, it wasn’t just seeing in a new way, it was seeing at all. The blinders came off and everything had merit from a line of old men sitting outside a pub to a spiderweb carefully woven.

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    LK says:

    3 weeks ago my answer would definitely be photography related but a few things have happened since then which has changed my perspective on life. Seeing in a new way means seeing me through other people’s eyes. Through their eyes I see me and what I have become, what I am to them, what I am expected to do, what I am supposed to do, to be and should be, what more I need to do to meet their expectations and what I will or never will be. I finally see the ME that I do not want to continue to be. I have lost ME and I need to find ME again, the ME that will see in a new way, see through the lens on my camera, to live and breathe photography again to feed my creative soul.

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    Seeing in a new way means learning to see creatively. It’s really the most difficult thing I have had to learn as a photographer. My husband is naturally awesome at seeing in a new way and I have really learned a lot from him about choosing less obvious angles, etc.

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    I believe that seeing in a new way means seeing things through the eye of an artist. Photography is a creative outlet..as long as you continue to compose with your brain and your eyes before snapping the shot, you’ll always be able to see things in a new way. I love seeing the shot in my head before taking it, it gives me room to move around as far as composition goes and try things differently. :)

    I twittered and facebooked this.

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    Letia Derderian says:

    Seeing in a new way for me is actually a process for me. I am trying to actually notice the world around me, the everyday that I tune out and hardly pay attention to anymore. I am trying to see what is around me and it is helping me find joy in the mundane tasks and given new sparks to the old routines.

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    Josie Hamper says:

    Seeing in a new way to me is. Catching details that I never noticed before. Just having that eye, laying on the ground, turning upside down just anything to get that perfect shot. Or using different or unique props to make that baby look oh so cute that you just want to squeeze them. Thanks. http://www.allforfunphotography.blogspot.com

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    lisa childress says:

    seeing things in a new way means seeing things the way the camera may see them, not the way my eyes and mind sees them…imagining the colors, shadows, texture, depth, perspective, light… and how I can capture something in a way that words cannot express.

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    since my grandmother passed last month it has totally changed the way that I see the world. Things that seemed so very important are now meaningless and the smallest things mean more than anything. This is what I love about the lensbaby it forces you to focus on the smaller and often simple things and to see the amazing beauty that surrounds us everyday in our own little worlds patterns and colors and things and people…an empty cup left on a kitchen table or the person you love the most reading quietly in the gentle window light. I am forever changed and will always be looking to see things in a new way everyday.

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    Theresa M says:

    Seeing in a new way for me is thinking outside of the box and trying new ideas. I always push myself to try somethng new at a session. sometimes it works and sometimes no.

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    I was lucky, my Jr. High school had photography available as an elective. It was all B&W, which forced us to look differently at the world around us right off the bat. The textbook talked about composition and using depth of field effectively and how to use a flash and so on, but it was dry knowledge, even with an SLR camera.

    A few years later, I was elected Band Council Historian – it was the days before digital, so film was a constant concern. During that first year as Historian, I learned more about photography than I had in any classroom. Classes can tell you about composition and the rule of threes and depth of field, but only consistent practice can show you when to ignore the rules and which rules shouldn’t be broken.

    That year demonstrated to me how to use the camera to show others MY perspective rather than simply capturing reality. Effective use of DoF made many of my film images better than the reality they captured.

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    Seeing in a new way to me means not being afraid to do things differenty and stepping out of my comfort zone. When I look back at my photography I see boring, posed portraits and now I love just capturing children and families while they are playing and interacting together. These are the memories that they will cherish forever.

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    Staci Brock says:

    Seeing in a new way…hmmm. perspective is what comes to mind first. Whether that be, mood of the day or surroundings, to physical persception of a shot, or situation. Up close and personal? Or distant and uninterested.

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    Cathi Green says:

    For me, “seeing in a new way” is kind of like walking in another person’s shoes. I think it’s always good to challenge yourself to see things in a new way, whether it’s trying to understand someone else’s point of view, challenging yourself to grow (personally or professionally), or taking photographs. We get so caught up in ourselves sometimes that I think it’s just a good practice to see in a new way every day. Look at yourself the way someone else might, look at someone you don’t particularly care for and imagine how much their family probably loves them, lots of ways to see things…so try something new!

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    Lea says:

    I love being able to see in a new way in my photography through my step-daughters and son’s eyes. They are finally to the ages that when we recollect around a photo I’ve taken of them, something I’ve captured sparks their memories and emotions. And this perspective colors each photo a whole new way for me.

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    Bonnie Thompson says:

    My work as a graphic designer challenges me everyday to look at things in a new and fresh way. Photographing with my daughter helps me to see things I would not ordinarily see.

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    Tiffany says:

    Seeing in a new way is what we as photographers (or wanna-bes, in my case) try to accomplish every day. Sure there is depth of field, perspective, and all of these other things we take into account when taking photos. But what are we really trying to convey? We are taking a happy couple and showing people their love and joy as they begin their new life together. We are taking a newborn child and portraying the sweet innocence of a sleepy face. We are taking a family and allowing others to see the ties that bind. Seeing in a new way isn’t what we do, it’s what we inspire others to do as they see a photograph that moves them. They see past the smiling bride and groom, past the family in matching white polos on the beach… they see love. They see happiness. They see that a picture is more than a picture… that it really is worth more than a thousand words. And hopefully then we inspire them to see in a new way as they continue their journey through life.

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    James cannon says:

    Seeing in a new way is exactly what happens every time I point my lense baby at a new subject. The Special depth of field effect that only lense baby gives shows me a new take on familiar subjects, it’s by far my favorite lens

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    Virpeen says:

    At the beginning, being a photographer is learning, trying, imitating… Then we know how to see and how to take…. And we finally love and share. But the story doesn’t end at that point. Because we love the art of photography, we leave some sparks of our soul in every photo we take. Seeing in a new way is simply letting our inner self take the photo.
    You love this person, you like this landscape, you enjoy that moment? Just take a picture !

    One love, one shot. Just forget the rules, trust your inner self and give it absolute freedom.

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    Meg says:

    Seeing in a new way… lately for me I have been trying to see in a new way by getting down to my toddler and baby’s perspectives. Life is very different so low to the ground!

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    I believe that everything about photography invites us to see in a new way. When we remember that a photograph is not merely a reflection or documentation of reality, we see that every image is made from the perspective, through the eyes, of the photographer. Each choice that the shooter makes – angle, lens, shutter speed, depth of focus – invites us to see through his or her eyes. At best, the results go beyond the technical, and something of the emotion of the artist also comes through in the resulting image, and we see, think and feel about a subject in a new way.
    This is what I find when I view great photography, the opportunity to see in a new way, through the photographer’s eyes and perspective.
    This is what I strive to achieve in my own work.

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    Seeing things in a new way hits home for me right now, as I see so many photographers lacking their own creative style. Stepping out of the box, looking for locations not on every other local photographers blog, looking for inspiration from unconventional things, not other photographers are all examples of seeing things in a new way for me.

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    Frank Kwiatek says:

    Seeing in a new way is looking beyond the camera and the lens- to see beauty and hardship, where others see emptyness

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    Kit W. says:

    To me, “Seeing in a new way” means seeing beyond what is actually there… in photography, in life.

    It’s letting your vision see past the obvious, even past the creative, and into a different realm where your imagination becomes the artist and the canvas is limitless. By letting your true self come out when creating your art, your heart and mind will be revealed in your work. This can evoke emotion in others that see the finished piece and cause them to realize that they also have more to give. They are able to experience your vision and it stirs them to find their own. When finding our vision, we find ourselves and we make the journey for others to find themselves easier.

    I remember when I first shot infrared images. Putting those filters on the end of my lens transferred the world into a white magical wonderland. That feeling, when looking through the viewfinder, was exactly like falling in love. I could barely click the shutter for wanting to prolong the experience of just being in that world. It was euphoric! I was seeing beyond what was actually there.

    We all know that love can change something mundane into something beautiful. That’s what happens when we let ourselves fall in love with our subject, whatever or whomever it is. That love will move us to create something infinitely more beautiful and meaningful than our subject actually is. When we truly love what we are creating, we can see much deeper into it, which will show in the finished work.

    There is power in this way of seeing because it gives us, and those who view our vision, hope that there is much more meaning and beauty in life than we see in our everyday existence. Every photograph cannot be a masterpiece, but if it has inspired one person; brought hope to one person; helped one person to see the world in a more beautiful way, then we are doing what we were meant to do.

    Seeing in a new way, can be a gift from us to others, and a gift to ourselves also to live our lives getting more meaning out of everything.

    Hopefully one day I will be able to experience the world through the lensbaby. I hope everyone will. Seeing that altered world in the same space as the world we now see would be an amazing thing!

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    Lara Douglas says:

    “Seeing in a new way” brings to mind this past week when my husband and brother and I were in down town Detroit. As they were shouting their glee for the win of the Detroit Tigers, I was snapping shots of things all around me. My brother then said, ” what are you taking pictures of in a city so ugly?” I told him when you look through the lense and imagine the image you can create out of a building or a face, you dont see ugly. Beautiy is in the eye of the beholder, but when you are a photographer you can share what you see by capturing a certain view others may not see. Its a wonderful gift to share. I also see people in a new way when I look through my lens. Especially my children, their personalities come out when I look through that lens and I get to know them better each time I look through my camera.

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    anna says:

    To me I like to photograph the small things or what some people think of as insignificant events. Our kids just playing in the backyard, or the behind the scenes happenings at a wedding sometimes tell more of a story than main events themselves. To me that is what “seeing in a new way” truly means.

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    Jodi Bingley says:

    Every day as a photographer, i learn to see things in a new way… the light looks different… shapes mean something… the ordinary, is really not ordinary at all… I love it… a whole new world is open to me because of my life as a photographer.

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    As a photographer I think that our biggest hurdle is seeing things in a new way. Using our creative eye to make something that the average person could never dream of.

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    Experimental day. (Or you can do “week” if you’re a real adventurer.)

    Try viewing the world upside down (photographically) for a day/week. Make a rule for yourself. You are not allowed to make a single picture for an entire day/week, unless it is composed upside down.

    The next experimental day/week, try photographing the world only from up high, then from down low, then only in the dark, through distorted glass, etc. Challenge yourself with different idea’s and then force yourself to implement them. No better way to “see things in a different way.”

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    DesignTies says:

    I read a blog post by photographer Diane Schuller about how she’d like to see photographers take less flower pictures and more creative pictures. So that’s what I did — I looked around me and realized that our patio chairs are interesting graphic elements (shape and texture). And the opening through the arm of one of the chairs framed the water feature in our backyard perfectly. I took a picture of the water feature looking through the arm of the chair, and it turned out great!! I’ve received lots of positive feedback on it.

    Now when I look around for something to photograph, I not only try to find interesting elements, but I also leave them as they are and I move around them till I’m in the right spot to take a perfect shot.

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    Nina says:

    I’ve definitely been seeing in a new way the past year when I got my first SLR. Suddenly the world looked so much cooler through my lens and my camera’s gotten me to look at the details and see the world in different angles that I never would have noticed before.

    http://twitter.com/FemmeRationale/status/3496118886

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    Seeing in a new way means creating images that make people think- it would make people think outside of their personal paradigm and open their minds and hearts.

    http://twitter.com/AZPhotoGal
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/azphotogal?ref=profile

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    Trudy says:

    Seeing in a new way:

    is seeing the beauty in everything around you whether it’s a new born baby or a bride, whether it’s a natural wonder or the scenery you see everyday as you make your way back home. The beauty is there it’s simply a matter of seeing it, capturing it, loving it.

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    fotoshoota says:

    I sometimes use a very simple technique to see things in a new way: I close one or the other eye and focus on objects immediately around me and also in the distance. The technique really allows one to isolate specific objects and really “see” it. Try it. You’ll be surprised how many new objects (and subjects) you’ll notice.

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    Jamie Siever says:

    To me, seeing in a different way with regard to photography is learning to use your mind along with your eyes. Before I started learning how to see behind my camera, I would see things that were beautiful and appreciate their beauty. But now, in trying to capture that beauty and show it to someone else, I have to think while looking. I think of the way to present it, to convey its texture, or shimmer, or scent, or how it made my heart skip a beat when I looked at it. I think for me, seeing in a different way with my camera involves using all of the emotion I feel when I look at my subject and trying to show it to someone else. Not only am I looking with my eyes and brain, I’m looking to see the best way to show it to someone else.

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    Bernina 830 says:

    First off, I thought those pictures taken with the Lensbaby are beautiful. I the photographer captured what is intended by “seeing in a new way” I think it’s about focus, both literally with the camera, but also about where you are focusing your mind and thoughts on the shot and what the viewer in the end sees. All of those photos had a real central spot surrounded by blurred background. Seeing in a new way then is living in the moment, forgetting your surroundings, and enjoying it.

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    Becky Earl says:

    I didn’t learn to see in a new way until my first child was born. Then it seemed as if the whole world was new. Life was more colorful. Love was much sweeter. A smile was so much more meaningful. I try and capture that new way of seeing everyday in my photography. I try and see the deeper side of human beings, the more beautiful side. The honest side. Seeing in a new way for me is seeing things the way a child would see them, the way my daughter sees the world everyday of her life; unconditionally lovely.

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    Maleaha says:

    When I was 16 and ready to get my drivers license, I was denied, because I was legally blind. After receiving my first pair of glasses (at 16 years old) I saw things in a whole new way. “Seeing in a new way” is what I want to happen to those who view my photos. I want them to have the same feeling I had when I received my first pair of glasses…like they are really seeing for the very first time.

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    Laurie LeBlanc says:

    I think photography is such a great medium to be able to help others see in a new way. When I’m taking a picture, my thought is always “how can I get others to see what I’m seeing that they normally may not see or notice?” Whether it’s capturing the tiniest of details in a macro shot, using lighting and lenses to create different effects, or working with color, you have the oppportunity and ability to change even the most mundane of things so that people are seeing in a new way.

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    Seeing in a new way, to me, means seeing things outside of the box. It’s easy for me to things how I’ve always seen them. Looking straight on, with no creativity. But when you take the time to lay down, get up, tilt…find new angles, then you are seeing a new way that you wouldn’t have noticed before.

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    BloggerDude says:

    I don’t know If I said it already but …I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks, :)

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    John Granata says:

    Seeing differently is being attune. The world is amazing place, I love using the lensbaby to help me realize that through my photos.

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    Chava says:

    seeing in a new way to me means growing. If you continue to look and see the obvious then you are missing the potential for creativity and growth.

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    denise says:

    What fun to see out of the box. I love the blur you get with a Lensbaby.

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    “Seeing In A New Way”. . . It is the big quetion in a lot of new photographer’s lifes. How do I see in a new way; be able to see the beauty in the world. I belive that The Lensebaby helps you see that. It is able to create a “sweet spot” of focus in a photographers picture. It helps emphisis the beauty in the world. Ansle Adams once said “Whe you photograph a subject in color you are photographing their clothes; but when you photograph them in black and white you are hptographing their souls.” If you want to see in a new way you have to be able to come to the relization that seeing in a new way is not somehtin that just happenes. You have to train your eyes to see the beauty in the world. A big question in a photographer’s life is “how can I see all the beauty in the world”.

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