A Shift in Perspective

Have you ever stopped by the lovely photography blog titled Viewfinders?  It is a collaboration of 15 amazing photographers dedicated to recording the world around them.  Yesterday I read a post written by Deb Achak titled Freelensing.  Freelensing is a photography technique where you create a new perspective of a subject by detaching the lens from the camera and then manually holding the lens close to the camera body and playing until you get a focus point.  

....Deb does a much better job of explaining the technique in her post!

I was intrigued by the idea, especially how it can cause a shift in your perspective of the subject you're shooting.  I decided to try it out myself.  For the shots below I used a 50mm lens and my Canon EOS T3:

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This shot evokes such a dreamy mood, doesn't it?

This shot evokes such a dreamy mood, doesn't it?

I love the light leak in this shot.

I love the light leak in this shot.

I had varying degrees of success with my first attempts at freelensing, but I do like the way this technique brings a softness to photographs.  Unfortunately I was the only one home when I was playing; I would have liked to try it out using one of my daughters or husband as my subject.  My Yorkie, Popeye, was just not interested in being my guinea pig!

If you want to read a little more about this technique, I recommend you head over to Viewfinders and read Deb's post.  You will be so glad you did!