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

Enter the Lensbaby MCP Actions “See in a New Way” contest!

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

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    Tanya says:

    I was trying to see in a new way just the other day, by actually blurring everything and just looking at the color combos. It was pure fun.

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    I think “seeing things in a new way” is all about perspective, a frame of mind; seeing the glass half-full instead of half-empty. Of course this applies to life, but it can also apply to photography! “Bad pictures” may actually be “good” or “blurry” pictures might actually make the image’s meaning more clear(i.e. sometimes a blurred picture of a child running is much more telling of who he/she truly is then a perfectly posed portrait).. so seeing things in a new way can often change your whole attitude about certain life situations or even photos! It can help you capture images with true meaning.. – Thanks for making me remember that!

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    I do have the lensbaby 2.0 and I absolutely love it! The composer would be such a great addition! The 2.0 has already introduced to a whole new world of photography and the composer would do so much more! I no “see in a whole new way” and I hope you can tell that when you look at the photos I have posted on my blog (especially the bee one)! Thank you for this great opportunity!

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    Shari Miles says:

    I began to see things in a new way when my first grandchild was born three years ago! Bless her heart, she was only a few minutes old when I began to look at her through my lens and she in my view finder every time I get a chance!! It seems that I have used every angle that I can possibly get. I would so love to win the Lens Baby, I think it would open up a whole new world with my photography experience! As a matter of fact, it would have been a tremendous help last nigh on River Street in Savanna Georgia. I saw a light fixture, well I am going to describe it for you. I know you are going to just say WHAT!! But here goes… Have you ever seen a Chandelier made with Oyster shell?? Yeah, I know!! It was absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately I didn’t get a good shot of it, there were to many people moving around to get the shot I needed. With that being said, I think have a Lens Baby would be more than beneficial to me. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter this contest!

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    i love clouds, sunsets, critters, flowers and would like to see them differently or… to be able to really see the layers and shapes of clouds, all the colors in a sunset or rainbow, the center of flowers, eyes…i love eyes in people and critters, things in the stream, different shapes of rainbows, lightning… things that in motion… so much…

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    Kristine says:

    As I (kinda) move from taking snapshots to taking photographs, I see the beauty in the little things and details that I never noticed before – children’s feet on the first day of running barefoot through the grass, little hands digging through the dirt. It has helped me see that you don’t need to have the whole scene in the photograph to tell the whole story.

    I twittered this, but not sure how to leave the link;), and have also written about it in the photography section on a scrapbooking forum. I’ll blog about it later when I’m not at work!

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    Deborah Evans says:

    I am dyslexic and so I think it helps me in trying to think outside the box because I already see things a little different than most people anyway. I try to get low or high and think about how I could see the subject in a new light. I wish I knew how to take photos like a PRO, but I am learning everyday and enjoy being creative with it and not being afraid to try! Every photo tells a story…it’s often those moments that aren’t planned that really are the best photos. I would really be so excited if I won…keeping my fingers crossed :)

    http://twitter.com/debben22

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=1059971475&ref=nf

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    christiane says:

    Seeing in a new way to me is making the subject “pop” out in the picture- I like seeing the surroundings around, but love it when the subject just stands out! :) Thanks for the contest!!

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    Camilla says:

    For me “seeing in a new way” has a double meaning. After years of bad health, with limited outdoor activities and sunlight, finally venturing out into the world again is like seeing it all a new. I take my camera with me everywhere, and I am amazed at the beauty in the daily things, that we so often take for granted. I love getting really close and examining florals, clouds, the kids and textures of all sorts of things. My camera has certainly helped me see again!
    Thanks for the contest and the chance :)

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    As Wayne Dyer says “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. This has been great advice for my life, but also for my photography. Switching angles, shooting the unusual, and breaking rules on lighting are all ways of “seeing in a new way” for me.
    Thanks so much.

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    deirdre ryan says:

    Since my diagnoses with Fibromylgia and Multiple Sclerosis, seeing in a new way takes on a whole different meaning in my work.

    I do not take anything for granted. For me, I see things as a whole with my eyes and my spirit and how I am physically in that moment.

    I photograph to take my mind off the physical pain that I endure every moment when I’m awake and when I sleep. When I am able to step outside and enjoy the fresh air when it’s not too hot, I breathe and take in all that is around me. I feel refreshed in my mind.

    Taking out my cameras I try to capture moments or what I like to call “physical thoughts” around me. Whether that is within the nature that surrounds my home or the people and structures around.

    Seeing differently is a mind and body experience that I savor, I try not to think of my possible future or my past. Seeing differently is what I do in the present.

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    Jenny says:

    Colors. Shapes. Details. Patterns. On the day I picked up my camera with a goal of creating art, the world reached out and grabbed my attention, and hasn’t let go since.

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    Heather Byrd says:

    I’ve always wanted to be a “studio” photographer because I thought that’s what a photographer was supposed to do. But after 3 years of trying to get it right..and failing, I started to experiment with natural light. I fell in love instantly and now I see the world very differently. Every place I go is a new world to me and I love it. Maybe one day I can give it another go with strobes and such, but right now, I’m enjoying the new found confidence in my ability to capture life in natural light. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such great prizes. I love your blog!!!

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    Teresa Sweet says:

    I truly believe that I have the best jobs in the world…being a mother and a professional photographer. As a photographer, you really know you’ve been blessed with the craft when you view the world as you would thru a viewfinder. But as a mother, you also begin to SEE things thru a different perspective, thru different eyes. Being able to combine the two is amazing. I’m mainly a wedding photographer and yes, while I am focusing on the main portraits to be taken, you have to see things that others normally wouldn’t. Out of the corner of your eye, a flower girl could be dancing, playing hide and seek with some friends or like a recent wedding of mine, playing with frogs. It’s all about finding the light that many people wouldn’t see…playing with shadows, angles. Or for example, an abandoned building….the typical person passing by would think it’s an eye sore. A photographer on the other hand, think it’s a gold mine for interesting and intricate photos. Seeing things in a new perspective is what will make you, as a photographer, stand out from all the other photographers around you.

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    Michelle says:

    As a photographer, I’ve learned to see the little things, not just the over all scene. The expressions on faces in the background add so much to an image. Tiny toes, tiny fingers. A sudden slash of color can make something stand out so much! Old things, buildings, vehicles, clothing…WOW…so…dramatic and filled with untold stories that are hinted at in an image.
    My career is the best in the entire world, and one that I cherish every day. What a blessing!
    Michelle

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    DaniGirl says:

    Ooo, “seeing in a new way” is my theme this year! I’m in the middle of a 365 project (just a couple of weeks past half-way, in fact) and I am gobsmacked at how I’ve learned to see the world in a new way. Instead of just looking, I *see* now — I love to see the light changing, how different perspectives change things, how stuff I’ve seen a million times before is suddenly fascinating! I’d love a lensbaby lens to help inspire me in the last half of this fantastic project of mine…

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    Laura Menard says:

    To me, seeing in a new way is something that happens with each and every new client I work with. I have a style of shooting that is my own, and I use it freely when I capture personal moments in nature or of my family. But when I client hires me for a portrait session, I make it a point to adapt my style to showcase what is important to them. For example, someone in touch with the nature and the environment may love for me to shoot a panorama of landscape and sky with them as a tiny subject in the corner, whereas someone more passionate about the person in the photo may be less appreciative of so much landscape and prefer a tighter crop on the subject’s face instead. I may sometimes have to spend less time examining the small details that delight me with a shallow depth of field, and more time with the lens stopped down to catch more of the bigger picture. Even though I may often have to examine things outside of my normal technique of shooting, I sometimes learn more about myself when I am forced to do so.

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    Vikki says:

    Seeing in a new way is the story of my life! Spicing up life brings adventure and excitement to what some precieve as normal or just plain borring. Inspiration from others leads to new ideas to grow with which leads to experiments…and new found loves! Life is too short to be just average! Spice it up and run with it! … and you will have great memories and events (and photos!) to look back upon. I strive to capture a moment that evokes emotion…shock value! A photo that is alive…full of life. My little dog Roxy has inspired me to see the world thru her eyes….and what a world it is 6 inches off the ground!

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    patricia says:

    for me it is making something creative and fun out of ordinary objects and every day stuff.

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    Vicki M says:

    I hit the quarter century mark yesterday – and am having a bit of a quarter life crisis over it. I’m totally not where I thought I would be in my life, but have made a commitment to look at my life through a new perspective and enjoy where I am and the journey to where I will be instead of hurrying to where I want to be. To “see it in a new way” if you will.

    Posting on facebook and twitter.

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    Tracey S says:

    When I became a mother, I began to ‘see in a new way.’ Before, my camera was not utilized nearly as often as it should have been…to document all the little things in life that make it worth while. Once my daughter was born, I had an intense urge to capture every.little.detail. I didn’t want to miss anything. In doing so, I have been able to see the world in a new way – through her eyes. I have also been reminded that it is the little things in life that make it wonderful – smiles, laughs, love.

    What an awesome giveaway!! Posting on FB.

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    Trina says:

    I try to see in a new way by changing my perspective. Whether it be moving around the object, getting below, or above. Lately I have been shooting with a 50mm lens to change my perspective and to not rely on zooming in to get my shot. My photos have changed immensely in perspective and depth of field. I am also composing more interesting and challenging shots.

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    Katherine Paluska says:

    Several years after taking a photography class at our local junior college I began to see that by changing my perspective on an object really changed how my view or vision of it affected it’s reality. I love to experiment with getting as close up to an object as I can and shoot it, then back off and gradually shoot at different depths and angles. Things that are so obvious at front and center become mysterious and wonderful using a close lens or odd angle. That’s just one of the ways I like to play with pictures!

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    Pamela says:

    “seeing in a new way” happens with every photo session. Each subject I photograph has a unique style all their own that helps me create an image that THEY can ‘see in a new way’.

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    Meghan M says:

    More than just seeing things in a new way, I think we often forget to “see” at all. So many people are caught up in getting to, and going from their mundane tasks that they lose their sight, the gifts we are given in every day. When I ventured into photography I realized all I had been missing, all the things right in front of me I had never seen at all. It’s not always about beauty, it’s about a story. About letting every piece of earth, every living thing, every work of art, and every structure survive past their moment in time and take hold of their moment in history, no matter how insignificant. Photographers see things in a new way, and tell the world it’s secrets, without saying a word.

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    Michelle O says:

    Seeing in a new way to me means moving around my subject to find different light and angles, my light bulb moment on seeing a new way was while I was taking pictures of my son in a tree and the light was too harsh from above me, so I climbed up in the tree and shot down at him. Better angle for the light and the feel of the photo overall!

    Posted on facebook and my blog.

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    Breanne says:

    Emotion causes me to see in a new way. When I’m joyful, the light of the world looks different than when I’m sad or angry or calm… I seek to let my emotions come through in my photos in an effort to release them, but also so that perhaps others my see something from my perspective. Open *their* eyes to seeing in a new way, just as others’ photos, words, songs, lives help me to see in a new way every day.

    Posted on FB and a photo on my Flickr (a photo that is linked from both of my blogs and from my Twitter account).

    This is a fantastic giveaway. I just used a LensBaby for the second time today… I can only imagine the possibilities if I had my own and didn’t have to borrow! :D

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    Catriona says:

    First, when your camera has become like another part of you, you begin to see in a new way yourself. Even when the camera is not in front of your eye, your eye sees other dimensions of things – the magical side of ordinary objects, the secret possibilities behind faces you pass in the street, the revelation of a particular angle of light… Not only are you inspired to take photos, but even without the camera your vision is more joyful.
    Secondly, there is the pleasure of each time that your new way of seeing makes someone else see in a new way too – when others can truly see what you were trying to capture in your photo. Then you are really sharing your vision.

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    Seeing in a new way means to me that I am a photographer. I think just being photographers that each and everyday we see the world in a new way. Seeing the way the light hits an object, the way the light changes the appearance of an object/subject at different times of day and from different angles. I know I approach the world differently and see the world through different eyes just because I am a photographer, seeing beauty in things, shapes, objects that others may not see. Seeing in a new way as a storm approaches and getting excited by the way the light changes, by the shapes that are created by the sky. Seeing in a new way means observing and watching, looking at something from different angles. Seeing in a new way means seeing things that others may not. Looking for things that others may not see. Seeing beauty where others may not know where to find it. Seeing in a new way means finding beauty in everyday life and everyday objects.

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    kymberli q. says:

    Seeing it in a new way just means looking at something differently. Sometimes I compose the shot the same way I always do and then I think to myself, “Try a different angle.” and then I usually surprised myself. You just have to remind yourself to think outside of the box you put yourself in! :)

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    Louise Fletcher says:

    Seeing in a new way for me means breaking the rules… the rules of photography. Embracing the flare, chopping off heads, creative blur, fast panning. It took me a long time to feel confident in my ability (or actually, my love of taking photos), no matter what others throught. My favourite image i have captured is of my daughter – the background is completely blown out, her face is overexposed and it crops through her chin, and I have so many people compliment me (and her) on it.

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    Louise Fletcher says:

    Seeing in a new way for me means breaking the rules… the rules of photography. Embracing the flare, chopping off heads, creative blur, fast panning. It took me a long time to feel confident in my ability (or actually, my love of taking photos), no matter what others thought. My favourite image i have captured is of my daughter – the background is completely blown out, her face is overexposed and it crops through her chin, and I have so many people compliment me (and her) on it.

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    All the time when people ask photographer’s why they are a photographer I hear the response, I wanted to show people the way I see the world. For me, it was the opposite. Buying that first camera CHANGED the way I see the world. I stopped to take notice for the first time in a long time. I’m so busy with the kids all the time I feel like I am blindly fixated on one thing. I could take an outing and not remember a single person I passed, I was unobservant. Seeing in a new way for me, it wasn’t just seeing in a new way, it was seeing at all. The blinders came off and everything had merit from a line of old men sitting outside a pub to a spiderweb carefully woven.

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    LK says:

    3 weeks ago my answer would definitely be photography related but a few things have happened since then which has changed my perspective on life. Seeing in a new way means seeing me through other people’s eyes. Through their eyes I see me and what I have become, what I am to them, what I am expected to do, what I am supposed to do, to be and should be, what more I need to do to meet their expectations and what I will or never will be. I finally see the ME that I do not want to continue to be. I have lost ME and I need to find ME again, the ME that will see in a new way, see through the lens on my camera, to live and breathe photography again to feed my creative soul.

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    Seeing in a new way means learning to see creatively. It’s really the most difficult thing I have had to learn as a photographer. My husband is naturally awesome at seeing in a new way and I have really learned a lot from him about choosing less obvious angles, etc.

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    I believe that seeing in a new way means seeing things through the eye of an artist. Photography is a creative outlet..as long as you continue to compose with your brain and your eyes before snapping the shot, you’ll always be able to see things in a new way. I love seeing the shot in my head before taking it, it gives me room to move around as far as composition goes and try things differently. :)

    I twittered and facebooked this.

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    Letia Derderian says:

    Seeing in a new way for me is actually a process for me. I am trying to actually notice the world around me, the everyday that I tune out and hardly pay attention to anymore. I am trying to see what is around me and it is helping me find joy in the mundane tasks and given new sparks to the old routines.

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    Josie Hamper says:

    Seeing in a new way to me is. Catching details that I never noticed before. Just having that eye, laying on the ground, turning upside down just anything to get that perfect shot. Or using different or unique props to make that baby look oh so cute that you just want to squeeze them. Thanks. http://www.allforfunphotography.blogspot.com

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    lisa childress says:

    seeing things in a new way means seeing things the way the camera may see them, not the way my eyes and mind sees them…imagining the colors, shadows, texture, depth, perspective, light… and how I can capture something in a way that words cannot express.

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    since my grandmother passed last month it has totally changed the way that I see the world. Things that seemed so very important are now meaningless and the smallest things mean more than anything. This is what I love about the lensbaby it forces you to focus on the smaller and often simple things and to see the amazing beauty that surrounds us everyday in our own little worlds patterns and colors and things and people…an empty cup left on a kitchen table or the person you love the most reading quietly in the gentle window light. I am forever changed and will always be looking to see things in a new way everyday.

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    Theresa M says:

    Seeing in a new way for me is thinking outside of the box and trying new ideas. I always push myself to try somethng new at a session. sometimes it works and sometimes no.

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    I was lucky, my Jr. High school had photography available as an elective. It was all B&W, which forced us to look differently at the world around us right off the bat. The textbook talked about composition and using depth of field effectively and how to use a flash and so on, but it was dry knowledge, even with an SLR camera.

    A few years later, I was elected Band Council Historian – it was the days before digital, so film was a constant concern. During that first year as Historian, I learned more about photography than I had in any classroom. Classes can tell you about composition and the rule of threes and depth of field, but only consistent practice can show you when to ignore the rules and which rules shouldn’t be broken.

    That year demonstrated to me how to use the camera to show others MY perspective rather than simply capturing reality. Effective use of DoF made many of my film images better than the reality they captured.

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    Seeing in a new way to me means not being afraid to do things differenty and stepping out of my comfort zone. When I look back at my photography I see boring, posed portraits and now I love just capturing children and families while they are playing and interacting together. These are the memories that they will cherish forever.

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    Staci Brock says:

    Seeing in a new way…hmmm. perspective is what comes to mind first. Whether that be, mood of the day or surroundings, to physical persception of a shot, or situation. Up close and personal? Or distant and uninterested.

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    Cathi Green says:

    For me, “seeing in a new way” is kind of like walking in another person’s shoes. I think it’s always good to challenge yourself to see things in a new way, whether it’s trying to understand someone else’s point of view, challenging yourself to grow (personally or professionally), or taking photographs. We get so caught up in ourselves sometimes that I think it’s just a good practice to see in a new way every day. Look at yourself the way someone else might, look at someone you don’t particularly care for and imagine how much their family probably loves them, lots of ways to see things…so try something new!

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    Lea says:

    I love being able to see in a new way in my photography through my step-daughters and son’s eyes. They are finally to the ages that when we recollect around a photo I’ve taken of them, something I’ve captured sparks their memories and emotions. And this perspective colors each photo a whole new way for me.

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    Bonnie Thompson says:

    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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    Tiffany says:

    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.

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    James cannon says:

    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

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    Virpeen says:

    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.

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    Meg says:

    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Frank Kwiatek says:

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

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    Kit W. says:

    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!

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    Lara Douglas says:

    “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.

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    anna says:

    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.

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    Jodi Bingley says:

    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    DesignTies says:

    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.

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    Nina says:

    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.

    http://twitter.com/FemmeRationale/status/3496118886

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    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.

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    Trudy says:

    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.

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    fotoshoota says:

    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.

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    Jamie Siever says:

    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.

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    Bernina 830 says:

    First off, I thought those pictures taken with the Lensbaby are beautiful. I the photographer captured what is intended by “seeing in a new way” I think it’s about focus, both literally with the camera, but also about where you are focusing your mind and thoughts on the shot and what the viewer in the end sees. All of those photos had a real central spot surrounded by blurred background. Seeing in a new way then is living in the moment, forgetting your surroundings, and enjoying it.

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    Becky Earl says:

    I didn’t learn to see in a new way until my first child was born. Then it seemed as if the whole world was new. Life was more colorful. Love was much sweeter. A smile was so much more meaningful. I try and capture that new way of seeing everyday in my photography. I try and see the deeper side of human beings, the more beautiful side. The honest side. Seeing in a new way for me is seeing things the way a child would see them, the way my daughter sees the world everyday of her life; unconditionally lovely.

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    Maleaha says:

    When I was 16 and ready to get my drivers license, I was denied, because I was legally blind. After receiving my first pair of glasses (at 16 years old) I saw things in a whole new way. “Seeing in a new way” is what I want to happen to those who view my photos. I want them to have the same feeling I had when I received my first pair of glasses…like they are really seeing for the very first time.

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    Laurie LeBlanc says:

    I think photography is such a great medium to be able to help others see in a new way. When I’m taking a picture, my thought is always “how can I get others to see what I’m seeing that they normally may not see or notice?” Whether it’s capturing the tiniest of details in a macro shot, using lighting and lenses to create different effects, or working with color, you have the oppportunity and ability to change even the most mundane of things so that people are seeing in a new way.

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    Seeing in a new way, to me, means seeing things outside of the box. It’s easy for me to things how I’ve always seen them. Looking straight on, with no creativity. But when you take the time to lay down, get up, tilt…find new angles, then you are seeing a new way that you wouldn’t have noticed before.

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    BloggerDude says:

    I don’t know If I said it already but …I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read….

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    John Granata says:

    Seeing differently is being attune. The world is amazing place, I love using the lensbaby to help me realize that through my photos.

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    Chava says:

    seeing in a new way to me means growing. If you continue to look and see the obvious then you are missing the potential for creativity and growth.

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    denise says:

    What fun to see out of the box. I love the blur you get with a Lensbaby.

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    “Seeing In A New Way”. . . It is the big quetion in a lot of new photographer’s lifes. How do I see in a new way; be able to see the beauty in the world. I belive that The Lensebaby helps you see that. It is able to create a “sweet spot” of focus in a photographers picture. It helps emphisis the beauty in the world. Ansle Adams once said “Whe you photograph a subject in color you are photographing their clothes; but when you photograph them in black and white you are hptographing their souls.” If you want to see in a new way you have to be able to come to the relization that seeing in a new way is not somehtin that just happenes. You have to train your eyes to see the beauty in the world. A big question in a photographer’s life is “how can I see all the beauty in the world”.


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