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I tried something a bit different yesterday – I forced myself out of my comfort zone!
As regular readers of Phogropathy know I’m a huge fan of wide angle lenses. I almost exclusively use my Tokina 11-16mm lens. However, this can become problematic in that I’m always relying on what I know, what I’m comfortable with – and unfortunately that can become repetitive and boring – not to mention limit my learning abilities!
Yesterday, I handed that lens to my assistant (girlfriend) and told her to not allow me to use it for the rest of our walk – no matter how much I begged!
I was left with a choice between my 50mm f/1.8 or my telephoto zoom, I choose the prime. As a result I took a lot of different kinds of photographs, snapping myself out of my little photography block and even inspiring some ideas for the future!
If you’re ever struggling to find subjects to photograph try using a lens you typically let collect dust. Or if you only have a zoom and usually shoot at one end of that zoom tell yourself to only shoot at the other end (this takes a bit more discipline.
Do you have any other tips for breaking out of your comfort zone? Share them below!
So anyway, the result of my little experiment was a lot of new perspectives. More close up shots like today’s photograph. With the 50mm focal length being vastly different than that of the wide angle I had to really think about my subjects as well as the way I went about framing them.
Also, with the f/1.8 lens and the depth of field that comes from that aperture, it’s important to pay very close attention to your focus.
I’m so excited about this new found love for my 50mm f/1.8 that I can’t wait to go out tonight and try finding a few more subjects!
As always, thank you for making time to visit Phogropathy, I hope you’ll return soon!