Lensbirdie & her Lensbabies

lensbirdieHi 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, while I resonate deeper with images that some would consider imperfect – and as such, perhaps closer to reality than the technically perfect ones? The magical bent and blurry look achieved with Lensbaby is spot on for my life experience, and for my photography style.

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 fall 2020 I only lack the Sol 45 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)
  • Velvet 28 (Sep 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.

Mama? My first Lensbaby, Oct 29, 2010.
Published! Jan 2017
Pusterom fotogalleri
Outdoor photography meetup
Saturday morning coffee

Disclaimer

It’s no big secret that I am a devoted fan of the Lensbaby optics and lenses. For the last six or seven years, I have been shooting almost 100 % exclusively with LB for my personal work. On a few occasions, I have been a test shooter for not-yet-released optics. There is no monetary pay for this, but I have gained two lenses and my pictures have been published on the official LB website. Test shooters are always encouraged to be frank and honest in their feedback – well, there would be no point in doing tests otherwise, right?

For transparency: I was invited to join the LB Affiliate Ambassador program when it opened in July 2020 – this means that if you click a link from my website to lensbaby.com and make a purchase within 30 days from doing so, I will be rewarded a 10 % affiliation bonus. Use the code Wfostervold for a 10 % off of your LB purchase – valid for all items, but can not be added to sales or new products launch campaigns.

I will undoubtedly come across as an avid advocate and (self-appointed) promoter for LB, but neither the content of this site nor my opinions are in any way or means dictated or edited by the LB company. Although being a solid fan, I do realize that the “imperfect” and blurry result the lenses produce is not fitted for all photographers. I will do my best in answering any questions you might have about the different optics. Please don’t hesitate in getting in touch – or simply come join the Lensbaby Unplugged facebook group, where both the company employees and other photographers are striving to be of help and assistance for newbies! It is my claim that the Lensbaby company is a leader not only in creative innovation, but also in the way they treat their customers.