First, I have to say, I think the above photo is my most favorite photo from recently!! The character of that old mailbox with the combination of that dreamy tilt-shift focus just makes me incredibly happy! Haha!!
I have always thought that there was something so special about tilt-shift photography. I have always loved the way it can take an average photo & give it the most unique quality. A perfectly dreamy look that is captured straight in the camera is so exciting. I love post-processing & using my Photoshop Elements, but with a tilt-shift lens, you can have so much more fun just within the camera & ultimately that is my favorite!
Last year, I tried to get that tilt-shift quality by playing with the "freelensing" technique... it was fun & I liked the photos that came from it... Of course, it was far more difficult & scary than using a lens that was made specifically to do the job. So, this year, for my birthday, I treated myself to the Lensbaby Composer!!!
Of course, you could spend a lot of money on a tilt-shift lens but the Composer was within my budget & I felt like it would be good quality. I bought the Composer from Amazon, because it is discontinued on the Lensbaby website, but they do have other options too. And thanks to Laney for her advice, I have always loved her lensbaby photos!
Anyway, these photos were the very first shots I took using my new lens & I am very happy with the results, so far! And I am so excited that I got it right now, so that I can take it along for my little summer adventures!