A touch of red

I’m a member of a Facebook group called Lensbaby Blog Circle. The idea is that we all write a blog post once every month that documents a day or project shooting with a Lensbaby lens. This is my post for July.

Mmm, the monthly Lensbaby blog. What to shoot? What to write? Usually, I like to include a good mix of both words and pics. This month may be different – let’s see how it goes. l only got out once with this lens in July – so far, and here are the results.
I do try to get out and shoot people as often as I can but because of life commitments – theirs and mine, it doesn’t happen as much as I’d like.

However earlier this month, Tony, Mary, Rachel and myself did manage to get a few hours together to shoot. This project would involve all the photo gear – cameras, a variety of lenses, triggers, receivers, softboxes, reflectors, lights, light stands and some kind of theme. But I did pack the Edge 80 and managed to get a few shots with that. Here is a selection of them.

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

Usually, on my photoshoots, I like to keep it simple. Pick a theme. Pick a location. Pick a colour. This day, the (loose) theme was femininity, the location, an old church, and the colour was red.

Thanks to Rachel and Mary for all the rolling around on the cold dusty stones, and the hands. I have a thing about hand placement. 🙂

Girl in red dress

Except for some colour correction, I use minimal editing as there is often not a lot to do when shooting with the Lensbaby. I composed tight to bring the viewer closer to the scene so that they could almost be a part of it, and the moment.


I wanted Rachels hair to be blowing free and her eye to peep out from under it. It was a happy accident that the wall on the right side stayed in focus while the left side is blurred out. I usually shoot with the edge 80 wide open. It’s sometimes tricky to get in focus, what you actually want in focus.


girl in red dress

Often when you look at a photo, you instinctively know it needs to be another way. I rotated this shot because I believe it works better this way up. I’ve done this before and sometimes it’s all the difference a photo needs to make it “right”. I’d suggest trying it with some of your images. it’s easy to do in Lightroom – just hit Cmd/Ctrl + square bracket.

I grabbed this shot below while Tony was working with the girls. I liked the moment they were creating. It’s a composite of 2 shots – both taken a few seconds apart but with two areas in relative focus. It was a bit of a rush job and I know I could have done it better – but, there you go. :-/

two girls dressed in red

And lastly, one more upside down shot. I’ve often found that doing this can often change the expression on a persons face. So that’s my Lensbaby post for this month. Short and sweet!
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  1. […] Next month’s post will hopefully provide yet another unique view of our beautiful state should all go well. Stay tuned! Next up in this month’s Lensbaby blog circle takes us back to the beginning with John Mee’s stunning “A Touch of Red” series. […]

  2. Birgit says

    Mmmmmhh, gorgeous colour scheme in post processing – especially that first picture. Red is otherwise so difficult to get right, but this series is fab. I am quite the novice when it comes to working with models, but have gained an increasing interest for the genre over the last year or so. Looking for inspiration and motivation everywhere – this blog entry definitely didn’t kill my eager to get started.

    1. johnmee says

      Thanks Birgit. The girls are two friends and not professional models. Unlike professionals, they bring a more “naturalness” to the shoot. Perhaps, you know someone that would like to collaborate on a photoshoot with you.

      1. Birgit says

        Ah, yes, when I say “models” I am thinking more of working with people, rather than those people being professionals. 🙂 I am one of those who stick to landscape, the odd animal, and for the most part: mundane details, in my photography because it’s so effortless… I do have a couple of friends ready to shoot with me as soon as I overcome my own fear. We even have plans for the first shoot. Soon! 😉

  3. Katrin says

    I can only agree, the reads come out fabulous!
    I like the idea of turning the pics upside down. They look special.
    They confuse me because of this turning and that peaks my interest! Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Ute says

    Gorgeous colors, especially the first picture in this collection is so beautiful. The composite is really interesting. It has a ghost like feeling. Which I quite like given the background of the church.

  5. Seonaid Teal says

    These are fantastic. The red is just magical.

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