When I visited Emerald Falls for the first time the other week, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to put my new Lensbaby Composer Pro w/Edge 80 optic lens to work. It had been so many years since I used a Lensbaby but there has always been something alluring to them. Little did I realize that Lensbaby’s headquarters is situated 10 minutes from where I live in Portland. The folks there were super kind to invite us for a grand tour and even provided me with a Lensbaby fitted with the Sony E-Mount. Upon putting this new lens to use at Emerald Falls, it became quickly apparent that, like with most great things in life, learning moderation is important. Instead of bending the lens all the way to one end, I experimented with lesser angles and took multiple photos at different focus points, relying on constructing a greater plane of focus by masking in post. I’m still getting the hang of it but I’ll tell ya, this is a lot of fun!

I took this photo with my Sony a7R and the aforementioned Lensbaby Composer Pro w/Edge 80 optic lens. In order to get to this particular spot, I needed to extend one of the legs of my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod all the way down until it hit surface, which is saying something because those legs extend super long! The layer masking was done in Photoshop and stylization was done with a custom built split-toned preset in Lightroom.