I’m back after a very busy weekend celebrating Father’s Day and my brother’s birthday – my Dad’s and sister’s are coming up too but that isn’t the point in this post (as lovely as that would be).
Only a couple of weeks ago my sister sent me this video on Instagram about this ‘Lensball’ which can be used to change the dynamic of your photography. Being the photography geek I am I knew I had to have one, but amazingly before I even had a chance to purchase, one arrived in the post as a surprise from my boyfriend!
One very happy / lucky lady! The packaging it arrived in was even beautiful – have a look for yourself down below!
This won’t come as a surprise to you that the very next day I rushed out to take some photographs. My boyfriend helped out as the hand model / holding the ‘Lensball’ whilst I got the shots!
We actually ended up walking nearly 10km that day, starting off at London Bridge, walking alongside the river, past the Shard and to St Paul’s too. Thankfully, our tired legs were all worth it when we saw the photographs at the end of the day and I ended up with around 10 favourites as I couldn’t pick.
Despite the funny looks walking through London with what looks like a miniature crystal ball, my first experience using my ‘Lensball’ was very enjoyable. Careful though – if you hold it too long in the sun, it does act as a giant magnifying glass and you have to be careful not to burn your hands!
After researching, I found that many people like to flip their photographs up the ‘wrong’ way so that the picture in the ‘Lensball’ is the right way round or just flip the ball’s image. I liked my photographs either way but do feel some work better flipped to others. Which do you prefer?
My ‘Lensball’ is the ’80mm Pro Lensball’ which can be found on Amazon. There is a slightly smaller version and obviously as this was a gift I didn’t get to pick, although I would have gone for the bigger one anyway. I imagine that only difference apart from the size would be the weight, I found that after a while of holding my ‘Lensball’ outstretched in my hand it does naturally become quite heavy.
If you end up getting one for yourself, it does help taking a friend to be your hand model so you don’t have to worry about those tired arms!
I can’t wait until the next time I take my ‘Lensball’ out on another adventure and remember my Instagram is always first to see the photographs so you can keep up to date over there.
Let me know which photograph is your favourite and why in the comments, I’d love to know your thoughts.
Thank you for reading everyone!
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(All photographs featured in this blog post are my own).