I met up with Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance this morning for a photo walk around town. We started off in the Imperial Buildings, before heading towards the indoor markets. I’ve never really used a long lens for this sort of thing before, so it required a different mindset, generally involving looking for details, moments or use of colour when deciding what to shoot.
It’s always worth spending time getting to know your gear, and adapting how you visualise a shot. For instance, I chose the right focal length and set up the lens using the barrel indicators before even lifting the camera for this shot.
This meant that I was able to shoot candidly, even though the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD can appear quite intimidating for portrait work due to its large size. Interestingly several of our group were asked to stop taking photographs, but I was missed by security, despite having the largest camera and lens combination. I reckon this is only because I wasn’t walking around with the camera stuck to my face, preparing my shots mentally and being ready before the moment.
After leaving the markets, we headed up towards Clifton Park. This is certainly more my comfort zone, and I came away with quite a selection of autumnal shots. Thanks go to ROAR for hosting and enjoyable morning. Hopefully we’ll do something similar soon.