Nothing says summer quite like a platter filled with sweet, juicy watermelon. Whether it be cut into easy to eat triangles or chopped into a fruit salad, I see watermelon as something to take a bite of. The crispness, as well as an occasional dribble of juice down the chin, brings happy memories and thoughts of fun in the sun.
With two watermelons on my counter though, I've been researching uses other than the usual slice and eat, and found recipes for smoothies popping up time and again. Ready to experiment, we mixed Liv's favorite fruit - banana - along with mango and a yogurt in the blender. What resulted was a smoothie worthy of gushing, and I'm beginning to see watermelon in a new way...
Seeing things in a new way isn't always easy for me, a self proclaimed creature of habit, and often takes me a little time to adjust. Such is the case with photography. I've always been a straight forward, tack sharp sort of photo girl, but some of those more artistic shots, you know, the ones... those with blurred edges and off center focus, always have me wishing I could master that skill. Now I can.
Partnering with the amazing people at Lensbaby, I've been "playing" with the Lensbaby Composer Pro in combination with a set of macro converters for about a month. Have you heard of Lensbaby? I'm ready to gush!
Receiving the lens a few weeks ago, I do admit to experiencing a bit of a learning curve, or more accurately, a slowness on my part to see things in a new way. I usually shoot in manual, but I do use the auto focus feature on my camera (Canon 60D), and as such I experienced a bit of difficulty figuring out the manual "sweet spot" in my shots. Practice, though, soon had me bringing home incredible shots that a month ago I would never have pictured myself taking.
Nevertheless, it's the mid-level macro converter bringing the Composer Pro close to, but not on top of my subject (a 16mm converter which lets you focus from 2.25" - 6") that has positively won my heart. Perfect for food photography... I'm starting to see things in a new way, and I'm also beginning to wonder how I shot so long without this impressive lens.
|Photo courtesy of Lensbaby|
A different concept from the usual camera lens, you will find yourself reaching for the Lensbaby time and again and bringing home shots that will most definitely make you smile.
I've had so much fun with this new (lens) baby of mine that it has become my near constant companion. We've walked the beach together, attended school functions, completed Dance Mom duties and simply spent time shooting around the back yard where flowers don't much mind staying still for multiple shots. I'm enamored with the creativeness it's brought to my food photography seeming to sometimes bring a completely different mood to the scene.
I find myself setting up my food shots just as before, and shooting with my usual 60 mm lens (an old favorite). Receiving nicely balanced shots with the crispness that used to make my heart give a little leap is now leaving me just a touch bored, and before I know it I'm reaching for the Lensbaby and shooting off center without total focus. I'm see things in a new way.
|Old style crisp shot...|
Watermelon Banana Smoothie
Pureed juicy watermelon becomes the "juice" to this thick, almost milkshake-like smoothie. The frozen banana adds not only fabulous flavor, but a wonderful creaminess that has you thinking "dessert".
1 frozen banana, chopped into chunks
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 container low-fat vanilla yogurt
Place all ingredients into the blender and puree until smooth. If smoothie is too thin, add a few additional frozen mango or banana chunks, if too thick, add a few more chunks of juicy watermelon or a few tablespoons of water.
Liv Life received a Lensbaby Composer Pro and Macro Converter Kit from Lensbaby. All thoughts, photos and opinions, however, are wholly my own.
I simply can't get enough of this lens and give my wholehearted recommendation for the quality of the lens, support of the Lensbaby staff and amazing ability to create stunningly artistic photos... stay tuned for our Lensbaby shots in future posts. This Lensbaby is here to stay.