Through The Sphere
Lensball Photography
Ginny Chase
 

Three years age I had noticed photos with a crystal ball in them. I thought it was neat and different. I wanted that cool orb in my photos. I did some research and ordered my first Lensball. At this point you probably want to know what Lensball Photography is.

A Lensball is basically a glass sphere or crystal ball that photographers shoot through to create a Fisheye lens look, but for about a fraction of the price. By shooting through the glass ball it becomes a natural frame for your subject. Keep in mind, the scene will be an upside-down image inside the ball. The ball uses something called refraction to bend the light passing through. The result is a mini version of your scene within the ball because the Lensball has a denser mass than air. Refraction happens when light passes through an object of denser mass, as the light passes through, it becomes bent. That is why Lensballs or a crystal ball works so well at refraction. They are made from high quality glass that easily lets light pass through and keeps your image sharp and in focus.

I was hooked, it’s a fun prop and can make an ordinary scene look extraordinary.  I knew this would be my next show I loved it so much. You can hold it yourself or get someone to do it for you. I have just started using a Caliper Stand, this gives the impression of a globe. There is no right or wrong way to use it hold it in your hand, use a stand, or place it on a surface. The choice is yours. Just keep in mind it is a glorified magnifying glass if you are not careful you can set something on fire. (see my photo Smoke, Smoke, Smoke!)  It’s best to keep it in a carrying case or a box when you aren’t using it, also the oils from your hands can discolor the crystal so you want to wash it with mild soap after each use. I have two sizes 80mm and 60mm, both are MerryNine K9 Chrystal I prefer this type for its clarity.

There is no Existential or deep meaning why I like using a Lensball. It’s Different, Weird and Fun just like me, that’s why I like it so much.

 

I have had a few of my Lensball shots shared on Best of the USA Lensball Shot and a few other pages on Instagram through that forum I was discovered by the Thesis Agency. The Thesis Agency does research for many companies including Adobe. I was contacted by them for an article called “Get Creative with Lensball Photography.” It can be read on Adobe’s website. You can find me on Instagram @virginiachasephotos or Facebook Virginia Chase Photography.

 

I hope you enjoy my show. I sure had fun taking these photographs

 

Ginny

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