A month or so ago I invested in a new toy – a Lensball – after seeing Tim playing with his on Instagram and seeing Grace with hers at the Flea Retreat. I love taking photos and the Lensball was really something fun rather than something to take amazing photos. I bought it as a hobby, something to inspire some creativity in me and something to pass some time too.
The Lensball arrived quickly and was well packaged in a nicely padded box and came in a little bag to keep it safe – and to clean it too. I started using the Lensball at every opportunity and soon learnt how to make the best of it.
I found that the Lensball worked best if it was quite far away from the object or scene you were viewing through it. If I tried to take pictures of the children close up it just wouldn’t work as well and would blur quite a lot.
But, things at a distance worked well. Bright colours were highlighted in the ball and it added a really nice focus point to photos. But, the Lensball wouldn’t replace my normal photos. It wouldn’t stop me taking typical photos of the children, days out and landscapes. Instead, it would be something extra I could do – an extra photo through it once I’d taken my normal ones, before putting it back in my pocket until the next photo opportunity.
The Lensball makes me look at things differently, it lets me focus on one thing and it lets me experiment photographically in a way I have never attempted before. Really, it’s fun and I’m enjoying it. It’s a little hobby for me and I know I’ll be taking more Lensball photos as the months and years go on. For £20 I think it may well be my best investment yet – it really does make me happy.