Experimenting with a lensball

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.

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39 Comments

  1. January 14, 2018 / 7:22 am

    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

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:46 am

      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. January 14, 2018 / 7:43 am

    It looks fab. I have literally just spotted these on Instagram over the last couple of days.

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:45 am

      They are indeed all over Instagram. They’re very cheap actually, worth investing in if yuo want a new toy.

  3. January 14, 2018 / 8:41 am

    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

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:44 am

      Thank you Nigel, I am certainly having a ‘photographic moment’ where I want to do everything!

  4. January 14, 2018 / 9:11 am

    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 🙂

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Now getting on my back to explore clouds and the sky. There’s an idea! Watch this space. . .

  5. January 14, 2018 / 9:14 am

    I saw somebody using a device that was new and intriguing to me at the Colosseum last week and was wondering if it was what got some of those Insta effects. Does it work with mobile or big camera? Off to google.

    PS Love the picture

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Delighted to hear you liked the picture Catherine. It does work with phone although big camera is better.

  6. January 14, 2018 / 9:36 am

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

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Thanks Paul. it is a great toy although it takes a bit of playing to get used to it.

  7. January 14, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Wow, I’ve becer seen one of those before…i imagine the shits will be amazing! Great start!

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:42 am

      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.

  8. January 14, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Wow I’ve never even heard of a lensball but I love this shot. Look forward to seeing what else you can produce with it and hope the house move plans are coming along #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:41 am

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

  9. January 14, 2018 / 10:14 am

    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

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:41 am

      I guess it does look a little magical, even if the weatehr conditions were, frankly, shocking for photography!

  10. January 14, 2018 / 10:43 am

    I’ve seen a few people using one and it’s tempting me to give it a try too.

    I like the way it’s come out.

    Thank you for linking up

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:40 am

      My pleasure to link up and I look forward to you trying one out in the weeks to come Darren.

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:40 am

      I did more adventurous shots, they just weren’t as clear as this!

  11. January 14, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    I think it’s worked really well, like you, I’ve seen some stunning shots, good luck perfecting it #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:39 am

      It will take me a bit of time to perfect using the Lensball but I shall keep plugging away. Glad you liked it.

  12. January 14, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    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

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:39 am

      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.

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Oh I certainly will Kim, I certainly will!

  13. January 14, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    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.

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:38 am

      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.

  14. January 14, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Ooh a new toy. I’m really looking forward to seeing what you get from this #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:37 am

      I’ll let you know how I get on Kerri-Ann. Instagram would be the best place to see what I get up to.

  15. January 14, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    Ooh I’m jealous. I’d love to try one of these. How do you keep them flat/from rolling away?

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:37 am

      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.

  16. January 14, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    Very cool. I have one but have yet to play with it

    mollyx

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 11:35 am

      Best of luck when you do get to play with it. It does take a bit of learning.

  17. January 16, 2018 / 8:08 am

    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.

    xx

  18. January 16, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Loving the reflection here. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 5:48 pm

      Very glad to hear you liked it Helena.