contemplative photography

I’m back. . . . After a long hiatus

I am back (I hope). It seems that “inspiration” is seasonal at times. It’s hard for me to sustain the inspiration to write, and so I let it flounder. The same is true of my photography and photo editing as well. When I am inspired, there is no limit to what I can create, but when the well is dry, I experience true famine. Lately, that famine has been quenched by a return to needle arts, mainly knitting and crocheting. The projects I have going are easy to pick up and work on in the evenings as well as to carry with me when I need something to do to “kill time” between classes or as I ride in the car.

And then there are the books. . . .  I have read more in the last months than I have in a long time. Some of those historical romances should be called “hysterical” romances because they are either so poorly written that they are laughable or because they are humorous. Of course, Saturday night, I think I cried during the last fifty pages of a book, and yes, it did have a “happily ever after” ending.

I have some new camera gear, a few accessories for my Lensbaby kit. I have the Lensbaby Sweet 35 optic and the double-glass optic with the Composer Pro. I added the wide-angle and telephoto attachments as well as a macro attachment to the kit. I think I am set for now. I still love the Lensbaby soft-focus look. I keep telling people that you will never, ever get ultra sharp photos from a Lensbaby, but what you do get is something rather dreamy. Last week I went out with the macro kit and made a few images. These are relatively unedited, just a few basic adjustments in Lightroom.


I love the texture of the hibiscus bud as well as the color. The rhododendron has finished its annual bloom, and these are the last of the flowers. I’m not sure what that pink flower is! I think it is dianthus.

I’m learning that with the Lensbaby, finding that “sweet spot” of focus and finding the optimal exposure settings is crucial. Post processing can improve a photograph, but with the Lensbaby, if it’s bad SOOC, post-processing will not help. Lensbabies just take practice and more practice.

I am teaching for the next three weeks, so my photography time is limited. I hope that we will have beautiful days so that I can explore some of the public gardens in Columbia.

By Olivia Fulmer

I am the OliviaIrene of OliviaIrene Photography. I am a photographer, a teacher, a story teller. I use this space to tell stories of life, family, and faith through words and images. I'd love to share your stories as well. Join me in this journey.

One reply on “I’m back. . . . After a long hiatus”

I love conversation, the close, intimate kind amongst friends. Won't you join me? I look forward to a good coze.

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