Travel pushes you out of your comfort zone; forcing you to look at things differently and think outside the box. Just like the Sol 45 – which encouraged travel photographer Ty Allen to move around her subject and get even more creative. Read on to learn why she’s so excited about this little lens.
My name is Ty Allen and I am Scenic Travel Photographer and Content Creator. I got my start in Traditional Black & White photography about 10 years ago. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area – Oakland specifically. I’ve always been a creative person and dabbled in everything from a young age. I developed my passion for photography in college and fell in love with film and the entire post-process in the darkroom. Eventually, I transitioned to the digital format, shooting on both full-frame and crop-sensor mirrorless camera bodies. As for travel, that came much later as well. Growing up, we could never afford to travel internationally. In fact, I didn’t apply for my passport until 2012! I applied for my college’s Study Abroad program and that marked the starting point of my wanderlust. Now, 6 years later, I have traveled to over 20 countries and counting!
I definitely enjoy shooting portraits. There’s something about getting up close and personal with one’s subject that I can’t describe. I believe creativity is a necessary outlet for humankind. We’re all granted gifts in so many forms and being able to express those gifts with others brings us together. I am most inspired when I am traveling – naturally. While I’m exploring new cities, seeing new faces, taking in the aromas of new foods, I am present and using all of my senses. My creativity gets jump-started and that is when I create some of my best work in my humble opinion.
I recently traveled to Peru, on an all-female Social Media Marketing/Entrepreneur Retreat with Pangea Dreams. Some of the Workshops were all about Photography, which I absolutely loved. Each time I whipped out my Sol 45, I received numerous questions – how it worked, what a “tilt-shift” lens meant, and how to create interesting bokeh with the adjustable blades. I captured some amazing portraits of the ladies and even encouraged a few to shoot with it. I actually became known as the girl with the “cool” lens!
It’s very compact, super durable, and I love the locking mechanism when it’s not in use. My experience shooting with a Lensbaby has been satisfying from day one. I am so happy with it and it is always in rotation with my other lenses. It’s a stand out because it forces the photographer to rely solely (pun intended) on creativity rather than the high-tech features that other lenses tend to have today. It forces me to be creative, to move around my subject, to think out of the box and to utilize some of the same senses I do when I travel. Everyone from professional clients to family and friends has been happy with the photographs I’ve produced for them with this lens. It excites me and it excites them too!
I’d say the challenging aspect is trying to replicate the same shot. I’ve actually accepted that as a part of the lens’ charm. If you’re skeptical about a manual prime lens with quirky features, that’s ok. But if you want to put your creative capabilities to the test, you NEED this lens.