Breakfast with Anna | Freelensing Tips

Our family is moving in a few weeks, and I'm finding myself wanting to soak in and remember everything about this place we are lucky enough to have called home for the last five years. We had our babies here - this is where we became a family. Our kitchen table has become the center of our activities, and watching my babies go from newborns nursing while I grabbed something quick to eat, to now using it for art projects and a place to collect their various treasures, has been a transition that mirrors my transition as a mother. Even as I write this, they are coloring and creating along side me - and the baby just spilled my coffee and a sticker book is now ruined - there were tears and drama and we are trying to salvage our toast and eggs that are now drenched in coffee.

If I had to pick one item in my house, other than my people, that best represented "home" to me, it would be this table.

I know it will have a home in our new house, with a new set of memories attached, but as we gear up to leave this place where we became a family, I'm feeling a little nostalgic. It's a welcomed move, one that will bring us to a new sense of adventure and place to explore, but it's still a little bittersweet.

So when I saw my youngest eating her breakfast at this table, with the beautiful Pacific Northwest morning light streaming into my kitchen, freelensing seemed like the best way to capture not just what I saw, but what I felt.

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And, a couple freelensing tips to leave you with:

- Choose a lightweight lens, ideally a 50 or 85. If you are really interested in getting into it, I'd recommend getting an older Nikon lens and "breaking" it so that the aperture ring stays open for you. Even if you are a Canon shooter (like me), grab an old Nikon 50. Thanks to a bunch of physics and math stuff that I only kind of understand, you'll be able to get things in focus easiest with a Canon body/Nikon lens set up, because of where the sensors are located on a Canon vs a Nikon. This is the set up I use, and it is so much easier to get things in focus, especially at a distance.

- If you have a live view option on your camera, go ahead and use it. One, it will allow you to hold the lens and camera easier, since you can stabilize yourself with your arms against your body that way. Two, it's a lot easier to see what is in focus and how barrelling or light leaks will affect your image through live view.

- Embrace the imperfection. The whole point of freelensing is to get these dreamy, unusual images. Embrace the imperfect, and play with light leaks, barreling, soft focus, and other imperfections that come along with freelensing.


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