One of the coolest lenses we have in our bag (OK, Shanon’s bag to be honest) is a Lensbaby. It’s an incredible tool that allows you to get some really cool effects. You can shoot in macro or, like this shot, selective soft focus. It takes some some work. There’s no autofocus and you have to choose your aperture by inserting discs into the lens that have holes in them that correspond to what you would get in a typical lens.
They really push your photography thinking. You have to really know what you’re trying to get before you snap the frame and prepare the lens for it. So yeah, it’s more work, but the results can really be something beautiful.