Experimenting with a lensball

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Having decided to sell up and move house, I haven’t had a huge amount of spare time to concentrate on photography this week. Even so, when my latest toy, a Lensball, arrived from the Netherlands on Friday, I simply had to take it out and see what it could do.

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This week I’ve been experimenting with a Lensball. This was one of the better images I managed to take, although I feel like I have a lot more to learn about using it.

The image here was taken in some nearby woodland. It was a very grey, damp day and this possibly didn’t help as some bright lights and colour might have produced better results. Even so, there is some great detail in this shot and I hope it has held your attention!

If you use Instagram, you may already be aware of the Lensball. They’ve suddenly become very fashionable.

It is a spherical-shaped piece of glass that turns everything upside down when you look into it. I have seen some stunning results when other photographers have used the Lensball and I will keep plugging away until I have produced some better quality images.

Thus far, I have learned that you need to have a really good object to focus on. You also need to be able to frame the image to give it context (something I haven’t done particularly well in the image above, truth be told).  I have also discovered you need a great deal of patience to use it at night time!

I have linked this image to the #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the splendid Photalife.com blog. Do click on the image below to visit the linky where you will find superb examples of photography taken by other bloggers.


39 thoughts on “Experimenting with a lensball”

  1. I don’t think I’d ever heard of a lensball before. Im still not entirely sure I get it. Can’t wait to see more of what you do with it though. Wishing you the best of luck with your house move. #MySundayPhoto

    1. I think the Lensball’s USP is that it can be used to liven up what would otherwise be a dull scene. It can make anything eye catching. Here’s hoping for a swift house move!

  2. I have never heard of a lens ball before it’s certainly a very cool look, I love how you keep trying different things with your photography #mysundayphoto

  3. Ooh I haven’t actually seen one of these in real life yet but they look very interesting and I love what you’ve captured. You’ll have to somehow get on your back and try and take a picture the right way round too at some point 🙂

  4. Paul @ Topsy Turvy Tribe

    What an awesome Nnew toy…I want one! Good luck with the house, hope you can get what you want for it!

    1. Yeah, this was one of my first images. I’m learning how to use it and took a few more images in London yesterday as it happens.

    1. House moving plans are moving along at a pace. Rest assured they will be blogged about! Glad you like the Lensball shot.

  5. Oh I love this. I’ve looked at these several times over Christmas & love the effect they give. I’m interested to see how you get on, but I think this is an awesome image. I do love trees & think it looks magical x

  6. Lens balls are fantastic. I’ve had mine for about a year and only took about 2 photos with it. I always forget to take it out with me.

    I look forward to seeing more results

    1. They are a little on the heavy side so I can see why you don’t take it out much, That said, I think they could liven up an event at which there wasn’t much to photograph.

  7. I tried this effect recently with a cheap marble I bought before Christmas so I could do a tree shot with it! I expect yours gives clearer results but it’s still fun playing, can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

    1. The Lensball is incredibly clear. Whether it’s clearer than your marble I couldn’t say but I hope you have fun with the marble anyway.

    1. Oh there’s a question. It did come with a little stand thing but it’s useless. I’m going to buy another something more substantial because keeping it in place is proving tricky.

  8. Hi John, I’ve never heard of a lens ball, so many things to check out, only so many hours in the day! The effect is interesting and reminds me of looking through marbles as a child. I will be checking these out for sure!… Good luck with your house move.


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