Lake Potanipo via The Crystal Ball

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an image of a flower taken through a magnifying glass (see below). I’d seen Lensballs advertise on social media but they were expensive. The Lensball costs $44 and then there is a special holder and a better bag…yada, yada, yada. My friend Lois, told me she bought an “imitation” Lensball (aka copy, fake, knock-off, wanna-be) on Amazon for $20. Actually, she got three in different sizes for that price. I bought one plus a bag and stand for $18. (BTW – Lois has a very fun blog that you can find here .)

Using it is not as easy as it looks. (And there are a million YouTube videos that make it look easy.) I’ve tried a few different things and the image above is the best I’ve done. There have been a few attempts that did not work out. It’s something to play with. I have ideas for other shoots, so stay tuned.

37 thoughts on “Lake Potanipo via The Crystal Ball

  1. photobyjohnbo

    On Father’s Day, I opened a box with one of those $20 knockoffs a gift from my wife. I put it in my photo bag and will begin experimenting soon with it. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you’ve done with yours as well. It’s a beautiful day outside today…. might just have to give it a try.

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  2. loisajay

    Thanks, Chris! Your photos are great. I need to play around more with mine–I am so not a fan of learning curves. I wanna know how to use it now! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Sandra

    Very cool effect! Looks like you’re seeing the world through a bubble. Great shots Chris! Looking forward to seeing what you post next!

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Sandra. I also like the effect. I’m still getting used to it and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. It’s still pretty fun to try out. I can’t wait to see what I’ll post next with it also. Wish me luck on a good photoshoot.

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      1. milfordstreet Post author

        Thank you, Sandra. I’m not sure I’ll have great light for photos this weekend. We will have to see. It’s one of those days to do things around the house. I hope you’re having some adventures.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      It does inverty the image. In fact, I had to flip this vertically in Lightroom. What you see in the ball is upside down. You’d do marvellously with this, I think.

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  4. Sarah

    Yay! I’ve been looking forward to your experiments- looks awesome! Did you turn the photo around in editing (because the world being upside down outside the glass ball)? Isn’t it amazing how one learns new tricks in the trade even after years of taking photos? ๐Ÿ˜„ Keep at it!!

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  5. Nancy

    I love how it looks like it is floating. I have been wondering about those photo globes. So it will be fun to see your pictures.
    Have fun!

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