"What is the Russian Monolens?", you may well ask. I would have asked the same prior to late 2017. Well, it's a single-element lens that's popular in Russia, but little known in the remainder of the world. A single element lens can create an image that's sharp yet soft at the same time - it will focus at a given point like any lens, but while other lenses contain multiple elements to correct flaws and aberrations, that's not the case with the Russian Monolens.

This means that it will impart a soft and dreamy atmosphere to scenes being photographed, and I find it uniquely attractive for some subject matter. In particular, I think it works well for old-fashioned or romantic images.

So far, I've used it only for a week in late 2017, but when warm weather returns in the new year, I hope to seek out a range of suitable subjects and will update this page accordingly.

Grasses and maple leaf, South Bend, Indiana

 

BLACK AND WHITE INFRARED with the RUSSIAN MONOLENS

Looking through varied online images with the Russian Monolens, I didn't see any photographed with infrared light. Naturally that causes me to give it a try, and I find that it gives an additional, ghostly dimension to those done in normal visible light. Again, I'll continue to experiment in this regard and will post new images as I find them.

 

SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE, MICHIGAN

Infrared: Historic farmhouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan   Infrared: Historic farmhouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan   Infrared: Historic farmhouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan   Infrared: Historic farmhouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Infrared: Historic farmhouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan   Infrared: Historic farmhouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan   Infrared: Cherry trees at historic farmhouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan   Infrared: Historic farmhouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan