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. September 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm —

    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.

  2. August 28, 2009 at 9:57 am —

    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.

  3. August 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm —

    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.

  4. August 24, 2009 at 10:10 pm —

    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.

  5. August 23, 2009 at 2:37 pm —

    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.

  6. August 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm —

    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.

  7. August 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm —

    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.”

  8. August 23, 2009 at 10:04 am —

    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.

  9. August 23, 2009 at 4:53 am —

    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.

  10. August 23, 2009 at 1:47 am —

    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.

  11. August 23, 2009 at 12:06 am —

    “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.

  12. August 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm —

    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!

  13. Frank Kwiatek
    August 22, 2009 at 6:49 pm —

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

  14. August 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm —

    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.

  15. August 22, 2009 at 10:33 am —

    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.

  16. August 22, 2009 at 8:25 am —

    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!

  17. August 22, 2009 at 4:56 am —

    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.

  18. James cannon
    August 22, 2009 at 4:52 am —

    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

  19. Tiffany
    August 22, 2009 at 1:09 am —

    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.

  20. Bonnie Thompson
    August 21, 2009 at 9:48 pm —

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