Lensbaby Blog Circle – Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

For this month’s blog circle I’m sharing something very different for me, something that’s way out of my comfort zone…

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!

Lensbaby Sol 45

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.

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

Lensbaby Sol 45 street photography

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!

Next month I’m sure I’ll be back to flowers but I did really enjoy moving out of my comfort zone for this month’s post. Next up in the blog circle is Gizella, please click here to visit her blog and don’t forget to keep following the links around the circle for lots of Lensbaby inspiration.

12 Comments

  • Ute

    Thank you for sharing your adventure with us! I really enjoyed seeing parts of Manchester through your eyes.

    • Janet Broughton

      Glad you enjoyed it Ute!

  • Gizella Nyquist

    Thank you for taking me on a walk in Manchester! I’ve never been there, and it looks like a very interesting place. Full of life. I am also hesitant about street photography, and I have to say, that you’ve included a lot more people in your shots than I usually do. Great job!

    • Janet Broughton

      It is interesting Gizella and very varied as a city. I only started to include people once I realised no one even noticed me!!

  • Wendy

    Fabulous! Brilliant share Janet. Makes me want to get out on the town with my Sol. Been using it for still life, but wow, this makes me want to experiment more!

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Wendy! I love the Sol as a general walkabout lens, I’m still getting used to it on my Fuji with it not being full frame though.

  • Carol Vipperman

    These are great images. Thanks for sharing.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Carol!

  • Judy

    I love these! You have inspired me to take my new Sol 45 and go practise downtown.

    • Janet Broughton

      Glad you like them Judy. Enjoy the Sol, it’s a great lens!

  • Seh-N-Sucht

    I love the little trip you take me on with you. And I love the Sol45 on Crop as well. It works very good and the particular of the lens works great on crop – with some lenses I feel I lost their charme on crop – not with the Sol. The green birch leaves you found in town are great as well as the littel messages in town. I spend a wonderful time with you post. Thank you!

    Herzliche Grüße
    Birgit

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much Birgit!