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

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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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  1. August 18, 2009 at 10:40 am —

    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.

  2. Maisy
    August 18, 2009 at 10:40 am —

    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).

  3. Amanda Reimer
    August 18, 2009 at 10:38 am —

    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!

  4. August 18, 2009 at 10:36 am —

    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.

  5. August 18, 2009 at 10:36 am —

    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.

  6. August 18, 2009 at 10:32 am —

    “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!

  7. August 18, 2009 at 10:30 am —

    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.

  8. August 18, 2009 at 10:29 am —

    “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.

  9. August 18, 2009 at 10:25 am —

    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.

  10. August 18, 2009 at 10:25 am —

    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!

  11. August 18, 2009 at 10:24 am —

    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.

  12. August 18, 2009 at 10:20 am —

    “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

  13. August 18, 2009 at 10:19 am —

    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.

  14. August 18, 2009 at 10:18 am —

    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.

  15. August 18, 2009 at 10:13 am —

    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.

  16. August 18, 2009 at 10:13 am —

    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.

  17. Cami Bauman
    August 18, 2009 at 10:12 am —

    “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.

  18. Abby Blom
    August 18, 2009 at 10:09 am —

    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!

  19. August 18, 2009 at 10:06 am —

    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!

  20. August 18, 2009 at 9:53 am —

    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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