15 August 2018

Serenity Project - August 2018 - Collaborative Project


Welcome to this month's Serenity Circle.  On the third Wednesday of each month, a group of multi-genre photographers - some professional and others hobbyists - come together to make up the Serenity Circle.  We post in keeping with the theme of serenity and what such has looked and felt like to each of us individually during the course of the month. 



This past month, I've been learning how to use the Helios 44-2 f/2 lens - an 1960's Russian-made manual portrait lens.  The Helios works well for still life as well as portraiture and today it's enjoyed by many fine art photographers around the world.  I've been engrossed learning how to use this small vintage lens and love the effect which can be achieved using it. Some say it is similar to the Lensababy Velvet 56 and I would have to agree.  It's definitely my type of lens and perfect for creating old-worldly images which I find myself drawn to.

It doesn't take much to create a little space for peace and tranquillity around here! I use a 3 ft x 3 ft portable table which is set up close to a north-facing window, and that's my "little slice of happy" spot.  My computer space isn't much larger!


Next in the Serenity Circle this month is Tiffany from Tiffany Kelly Photography.  Tiffany is a multi-genre photographer and is well known for her stunning macro photography which she teaches online.  Please here to see what Tiffany has to share with the circle and to meet the rest of the team this month.

14 comments:

Eileen Critchley said...

Oh these are gorgeous images, Wendy! I don't have a helios, but I find myself wanting one whenever I see images created with them! They are also good for freelensing! Beautiful work.

I can't wait to read your texture post!

Wendy said...

Thank you Eileen. Love this little lens. It's light and vesatile. Never tried free lending but may give it a go sometime.

Tiffany Kelly said...

These are so gorgeous! I love your compositions <3 The helios is a fun lens!

Nancy Armstrong said...

Beautiful photos Wendy, with such a vintage look. The helios is perfect for that.

Wendy said...

Thank you so much Nancy. I adore vintage and the Helios is indeed perfect for such.

Wendy said...

Thank you Tiffany. Love arranging still life compositions. Sometimes they work straight away and other times I find myself returning to them and rearranging things to suit. It's all good practice.

eph2810 said...

Your still life images are just amazing, Wendy. I love you arrange your props and colors always look wonderful.

Wendy said...

Thank you so much Iris. I love setting up for still life. I keep it simple for the most part.

Lori McLellan said...

I am loving your still life photography, Wendy! Your images are so romantic and vintage feeling. I have considered the helios numerous times! I'm glad you are enjoying it!

Wendy said...

The Helios is my least expensive lens but could fast become a favourite. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment Lori.

Anonymous said...

Lovely still life pictures.

Wendy said...

Thank you Anon.

Charlotte Hickman said...

This is gorgeous!!!!

Wendy said...

Thank you so much Charlie. :)