The theme for the week on MyFourHens Photography’s 52 Project: Pastel

I have a house full of boys and brightness and noise, pastels was an enormous stretch for me. I really didn’t want to just take a photo of a flower.

So I chose my favourite flower, a protea… and I tried a new technique… freelensing.

I’ve been watching the other photographers in the Facebook group post the most amazing freelensing photos, and I’ve started following photographers that do a lot of it, and decided to try it again for this week’s challenge. I’ve tried before, without success, so this week I went hunting for a tutorial on how to do it… and then set about mastering the technique.

It’s so much fun! This is the reason I started this challenge… to learn new techniques and stretch my photography. If you’re not sure what it is, freelensing involves removing the lens from it’s mounting and holding it in front of the camera to get a tilt-shift kind of look (without having to buy a Lensbaby or expensive tilt-shift lens).

I used my 50mm lens for this shot.