Freelensing! What’s that, I hear you scream? It’s the technique of removing the camera lens from the body, and shooting by tilting it to find the in-focus spot. There are expensive Lensbaby lenses that will enable you to do this, but I prefer the DIY method. Using a film camera, I don’t have to worry about dust on my sensor either. Inspired and guided by Lina Forrester’s fantastic blog, I decided to use up the rest of a roll of Agfa Vista 200 on this experiment.
I’m really pleased with the results – to be honest, I hadn’t expected so many keepers on my first roll. The daisies came out really nicely, with the afternoon sun making some gorgeous flares and patches of warm light in those shots. I also really like the darker, moodier shot of the lavender flowers. I’m definitely going to be doing this again, possibly with a longer lens (I used a 50mm) to see if subjects further away can be captured accurately too. It’d be a great tool for portraits as well as for small subjects – lots of possibilities!