Ditching Perfection

I haven’t taken a day off since I returned from France on March 19th. I even missed the 24 hour project this weekend because I was stuck in my office. Yes, running international  photo workshops is amazing, there is nothing else I would rather do. But I have to admit that the time between trips is far from glamorous. I have an office assistant now and I’m giving her more and more tasks. It takes time to let go after being a solo entrepreneur for so many years. But letting go little by little of the things that suck more and more of my time has never felt so good!

There are many exciting things happening. My webinar series is very successful, the preparations for the #DoSomethingForNothing New-York-Paris exhibit are underway, I’m writing, still producing a podcast every Thursday and loving it! But best of all, I’m about to meet 10 photographers in Italy for a week of visual storytelling in Roma! So, clearly, all this time in the office between Paris and Rome is well worth it! 😉

Last week I received the new Lensbaby Burnside 35 creative effect lens. It’s a manual focus lens designed for artists who want to experience creativity in the field, not in the computer. The beauty of all the Lensbaby lenses is that it forces you to let go of perfection. Nothing is sharp, edges disappear, bokeh becomes a magical swirl… I LOVE IT!

I put it on my Fujifilm X-Pro2 yesterday, closed my office door, and took it on our Saturday family walk. It’s been a very, very cold month of April in Minnesota, with more snow than we’ve had all winter. We opted for an urban hike in Minneapolis instead of a snow hike. Honestly, we are all sick and tired of the white stuff after almost 6 months of it… (I’m tired of it by December by the way). It’s also the most drab and dull time of the year: Dirty snow piles, emerging brown grass, dead looking trees… I didn’t think the camera was going to even get a shutter click, until I walked by a bridal shop and I snapped a few pics.

So how challenging was the new lens? Quite a challenge! It will take a lot of trial and error to get the right mix of bokeh swirl and vignette. And I’m sure it will be easier when my fingers are not frozen. But what fun to experiment!

A photograph is an emotion. I always believed that we are not wired to be drawn to perfection. That it is often the imperfections that move us.

Quite honestly, the ‘missed’ shot of the woman walking through the store may be my favorite. What’s yours?

©Valerie Jardin - Burnside 35-1

©Valerie Jardin - Burnside 35-2

©Valerie Jardin - Burnside 35-3

©Valerie Jardin - Burnside 35-4

©Valerie Jardin - Burnside 35-7

©Valerie Jardin - Burnside 35-8

Let go of perfection, dare to experiment!

Want to try a Lensbaby? They are offering a really cool program called The Traveling Burnside Project. Check it out!

3 thoughts on “Ditching Perfection

  1. I am just learning the Composer Pro 11 (Nikon) & the Fuji 3 in 1; practice, practice! In camera fun is my favorite, too. Something about bridal shop dresses – nostalgic, maybe.

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