Lensbirdie & her Lensbabies
Hi there, I am Birgit. The moniker for this photoblog – “Lensbirdie” – came naturally, having been called birdie more than half my life and being a shutterbug for nearly as long. I live in the southern Norway, with my partner and our two sons. I work as a UX designer, and photography is my main hobby.
I purchased my first Composer, half on impulse, during a lunch break back in the fall of 2010. It came with the Double Glass optic and the default aperture disk set. I have to admit that I struggled quite a bit at first – finding a balance between the right amount of focus and the right amount of blur – but I never considered giving up. Some strive for perfection in their photography, technically and else. I resonate deeper to images that are imperfect, and as such perhaps closer to reality than the technically perfect ones. The bent and blurry look achieved with Lensbaby lenses is spot on for my life experience, and for my photography style. Glimpses of magical perfection surrounded by something undefinable, where no two photos will ever be identical.
My Lensbaby gear has become my regular go-to optics; I only use “normal” lenses for volunteer assignments, most often of the documentary type (music festivals, concerts, TEDx talks). Even then, I make sure to add a little LB magic..!
An eager amateur, I am of course a member of a camera club. I am the deputy chairman of the Norwegian Photographic Society, as well as the editor in chief of the society’s online magazine. Occasionally, I compete in national and international salons, and I am rather proud to say that I have managed to get Lensbaby photos accepted. During the fall of 2017, I opened my very own photo gallery, where I showcase my own as well as other hobbyist photograpers’ work. The gallery has gathered a group of likeminded enthusiasts – we have weekly meetups, where we either photograph something together or teach each other some nifty editing tricks, and we start off the weekends by having coffee together every Saturday morning.
One of my photos is published in the 2017 Lensbaby calendar – an incredible honour and highly regarded acknowledgement!
My Lensbaby gear
I shoot using a fullframe Nikon camera (Df) and a 1.5x crop sensor one (D500), as well as a m4/3 Olympus EM-10. Over the years I’ve added quite the Lensbaby stash to my bag – as of summer 2020 I only lack the Sol 45, Velvet 28, and Velvet 86 lenses, plus the Sweet 50 optic:
- Composer + Double glass (Oct 2010)
- Edge 80 (Feb 2013)
- Composer Pro + Sweet 35 (Aug 2014)
- Macro kit (Aug 2014)
- Creative Aperture kit (Aug 2014)
- Circular Fisheye (Aug 2015)
- Optic swap kit: Zone/Pinhole, Single Glass, Plastic (Aug 2015)
- Soft Focus (Dec 2015)
- Composer Pro II + Edge 50 (July 2016)
- Twist 60 (Oct 2016)
- Velvet 56 (Feb 2017)
- Composer/Tilt Transformer for micro 4/3 (Nov 2017)
- Burnside 35 (June 2018)
- Sol 22 for micro 4/3 (July 2018)
- Lensbaby 2.0 (Oct 2018)
- Trio 28 for micro 4/3 (Dec 2018)
- Edge 35 (Jan 2019)
- Omni creative filter system + color expansion pack (March 2020)
- Sweet 80 (June 2020)
- Muse for 4/3 (June 2020)
I also have all of the mobile phone lenses; LB-M10 (through Kickstarter Aug 2014), LB-M20, and LB-M30.
This blog is dedicated to my Lensbaby photos only, and I will add older photos to the archive as I stroll along. You can see some of my Lensbaby photos on flickr through this link. I also have a couple of photo blogs in Norwegian, one general, and one urbex themed.