My name is Karen, aka Kaz, the founder of this blog and owner of Photogenix Landscape and Nature Photography. My interest in photography goes way back over 40 years, taking my first photo of my Dad using his SLR 35mm film camera. I am told that I have a natural eye for the composition of images. I like to try and capture the world as I see it and then share the wonderful places and things I have seen with others via the Internet and calendars that I produce.
My interest in FourThirds photography started in 2007, when my partner bought me my first digital camera, the Olympus E400. At the time it was the lightest of all digital cameras with the four thirds sensor. This was very important to me as I was suffering from a prolapsed disc in my neck, compressing the spinal column and giving me pain and weakness in my shoulder and arms. Surgery to replace the disc was successful, allowing me to have a quality of life once more.
Learning digital photography was a whole new process compared to the film SLR photography I was used to. I was stuck in Auto Mode when taking photos, which was becoming more frustrating and limiting, the images I was producing did not reflect what I expected from the camera.
The Photography Institute was a revelation, working outside of my comfort zone and encouraging me to become more proficient with the camera, learning that each digital camera is different, having quirks and peculiarities. For my troubles I gained a diploma from The Photography Institute, which I am very proud of. It pushed me to work outside of my ‘comfort zone’.
I have an ‘arty’, expressive element to my photography which the Lensbaby Optic Swap System lends itself perfectly. With the Lensbaby Composer attached to my trusty E400, I can play with images that have a very soft focus, or even out of focus, to tilt shift or fisheye effects. I select the aperture by inserting the relevant aperture disc to determine the depth of field, controlling the amount of light via the shutter speed and or ISO value and let myself become immersed in the wonderful, creative world of Lensbaby.
I don’t proclaim to be an expert in my field or craft, all posts/blogs on here represent my opinions based on the findings I reach with my trusty E400. Each camera reacts and works differently, so I recommend you read on and then find out for yourself by buying or hiring lenses for your system.
Thanks to Wealthy Affiliates I now have the tools and help at hand to put together this website and my occasional blogs, which provide me with much-needed relief from the daily grind of the 9-5 job, a bit of escapism!
I hope that through this website I can offer some help and a look at the different effects that can be created from the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, also an insight into the world of Olympus Four Thirds Photography.