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 12:04 pm —

    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!!

  2. August 18, 2009 at 12:03 pm —

    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.

  3. August 18, 2009 at 11:59 am —

    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.

  4. August 18, 2009 at 11:54 am —

    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.

  5. Tera
    August 18, 2009 at 11:49 am —

    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.

  6. August 18, 2009 at 11:48 am —

    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!!

  7. Ashley Larsen
    August 18, 2009 at 11:46 am —

    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.

  8. August 18, 2009 at 11:43 am —

    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!

  9. Amy
    August 18, 2009 at 11:43 am —

    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!!

  10. August 18, 2009 at 11:40 am —

    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.

  11. August 18, 2009 at 11:37 am —

    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 🙂

  12. Kate
    August 18, 2009 at 11:34 am —

    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!

  13. August 18, 2009 at 11:32 am —

    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…

  14. August 18, 2009 at 11:30 am —

    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!

  15. August 18, 2009 at 11:28 am —

    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!!

  16. August 18, 2009 at 11:28 am —

    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.

  17. August 18, 2009 at 11:26 am —

    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.

  18. August 18, 2009 at 11:26 am —

    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.

  19. August 18, 2009 at 11:25 am —

    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.

  20. August 18, 2009 at 11:25 am —

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