Holding the world in my hand

For a few brief hours this week, the sun was high in the sky. I charged out with my Lensball to try taking some photographs while the light was decent and snapped this image. I can’t help thinking it looks a little like I have the world in my hand.

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Holding the world in my hand. Okay, not quite, but it’s a nice effect, nonetheless.

In truth it’s not the ‘world’ but a small part of it. It’s a tiny part of the Surrey Hills with the sun in the background.

My aim was to take an image that made the horizon a continuous line. I partially achieved my aim, although my hand isn’t in quite the correct position.

I’ve increased the vibrance of the image to give the sky in the Lensball that marvellous blue colour. It also bought out those rainbow colours to the right of the Lensball.

I have to say, I am looking forward to the arrival of spring and summer. The past few weeks of winter have been so grey and haven’t provided the best conditions for photography. I’m longing for the plants to bloom and the sun to shine so I can take some well-lit photographs in the countryside with real colour in them.

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27 Comments

  1. February 11, 2018 / 6:20 am

    I like the sun rays too, it looks magical. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 6:29 am

      I think the sun’s rays make the picture. Without them it would be quite dull.

  2. February 11, 2018 / 6:36 am

    Hi John, you’ve got the blue of a Greek sky there, well, not at the moment. We’ve had a pretty grey winter so far too. Roll on spring! The photo you shared a few weeks back using the lens ball got me all excited, I’d never even heard of one before then. Last week I finally ordered one and can’t wait to start playing with it. It’s fascinating what can be done with something so simple!

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:33 am

      How amazing, that’s the second person to have bought a Lensball having seen my pics! I hope you have lots of fun with it. They seem to be very popular on Instagram.

  3. February 11, 2018 / 6:58 am

    What a cool photo. I’m so with you on wishing for spring and summer, not just for photography, but just to feel warm and dry and see some light!

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:33 am

      Oh I can’t wait to feel the summer sun on my skin. I think that appeals more than the photographic benefits in all honesty.

  4. February 11, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I think you are going to have some fun with this, it will capture some amazing sunsets. I like your title, it is a very good way to look at it and the colours are lovely.

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:32 am

      I’m looking forward to visiting some off-the-beaten track places in summer with the Lensball. I think that’s when it will come into its own.

  5. February 11, 2018 / 8:44 am

    The effect of these is great, I can tell you’re having fun using it.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:31 am

      I am having fun. but the conditions have got to be right. Also having fun using my prism.

  6. February 11, 2018 / 9:58 am

    that’s a fantastic photo, love how the sun has been captured in in #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:30 am

      Well capturing the sun was kid-of my idea. I wasn’t sure if it would work and it did need a bit of editing, but I got there in the end.

  7. February 11, 2018 / 10:14 am

    Using the lensball is such an interesting concept and very extreme fish eye almost. I cannot wait for some proper sunshine. We’re forecast snow all week 🙄

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:30 am

      I hadn’t thought of it as an extreme fish eye but I get what you mean. Enjoy the snow.

  8. February 11, 2018 / 10:15 am

    I fancy getting one of them! Not that I’d be able to do all that much with one, my photography skills are very much at the beginner stage #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:29 am

      Could be ideal for a beginner, truth be told. There’s very little technical about them, just got to get the shot right, although it does take practice.

  9. February 11, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    I’m happy whenever I see the sun John!
    Great to see this fun shot… it reminded me of my topsy turvy world! :D.

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:29 am

      Oh I’m always happy to see the sun too. How wonderful to remind you of your world!

  10. February 11, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    The grey and rain of winter has dragged hasn’t it. I’ve really struggled as weekends are my only time and that’s when the weather seems to have been worse. Great shot

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:28 am

      Oh the greay of winter really has dragged this year. It’s been strange. Glad you like the shot.

  11. February 11, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    I’d never heard of a lens ball before. Just googled it. Thanks for introducing me! I’m going to try and get hold of one, as it looks as though you get great results. Gorgeous pic.

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:28 am

      I think you will like the Lensball Nell. Takes a bit of practice, but they are great.

  12. February 12, 2018 / 12:46 am

    I’ve never heard of a lensball but it sure is cool and makes for a great photo. You’ve given me an I’ve Got The Whole World In My Hands earworm.. I just began embracing the winter after feeling as if we’ve gotten away with a pretty mild season and it helps that it’s going to be 40˚ (4.44) in a few days.

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:24 am

      Oh the Lensball is great. Takes a bit of getting used to but it makes mundane scenes look amazing. Thnaks for commenting.

  13. February 15, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    Wow that is amazing. I would love one of these types of lens balls. It is a great effect x

  14. February 17, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    Very cool photo – I’ve never seen a Lensball before, what a great bit of kit #MySundayPhoto