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. Wendy
    August 18, 2009 at 11:23 am —

    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!

  2. Laurie Flickinger
    August 18, 2009 at 11:17 am —

    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.

  3. EricaB
    August 18, 2009 at 11:17 am —

    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.

  4. August 18, 2009 at 11:16 am —

    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 🙂

  5. August 18, 2009 at 11:16 am —

    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.

  6. August 18, 2009 at 11:14 am —

    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!

  7. August 18, 2009 at 11:11 am —

    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.

  8. August 18, 2009 at 11:11 am —

    “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!)

  9. August 18, 2009 at 11:08 am —

    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!

  10. August 18, 2009 at 11:08 am —

    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!

  11. August 18, 2009 at 11:08 am —

    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.

  12. August 18, 2009 at 11:07 am —

    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

  13. August 18, 2009 at 11:00 am —

    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.

  14. Jennifer L
    August 18, 2009 at 10:53 am —

    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.

  15. August 18, 2009 at 10:52 am —

    “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….

  16. August 18, 2009 at 10:51 am —

    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.

  17. August 18, 2009 at 10:50 am —

    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!

  18. August 18, 2009 at 10:48 am —

    “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.

  19. Darcie R
    August 18, 2009 at 10:44 am —

    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.

  20. michelle sparks
    August 18, 2009 at 10:43 am —

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