Getting outside your comfort zone is a great way to elevate your photography but it isn’t always easy! Janet Broughton details her recent experience trying her hand at street photography with the Lensbaby Sol 45.
Over the last year or so I’ve found myself slipping into only shooting the sorts of things that I find easy and people have come to expect that I’ll be shooting – still life or outdoor flowers in summer with maybe the odd landscape from time to time. And mostly I’m happy with that, but now and again I feel a restless sort of urge to shoot something different.
I’ve recently bought a Fuji X-T20 so that I don’t always need to carry the weight of my full frame DSLR. I’ve never been comfortable carrying a large camera around a city centre on my own but the Fuji is so small that I decided to head into Manchester for some street photography.
I must confess that I’m not a natural street photographer but I do believe it’s important to step out of your comfort zone from time-to-time. However, I was happy to find a bit of nature as soon as I arrived in the Northern Quarter!
Moving on from the little pocket of nature I wandered the streets of the Northern Quarter admiring the fantastic street art and quirky details. As I became more comfortable shooting on the streets I also ventured into other parts of the city.
I used the Sol 45 for all of these images and learned that it takes a while to get used to difference in focal length due to the crop sensor. I also found out it wasn’t easy shooting with a Lensbaby in situations where I didn’t feel that I could take my time and focus. But I also realised that no one takes the slightest bit of notice of a woman my age with a small camera so I actually could have taken all the time I wanted to get the focus!