Wide Open

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Ever since I took the photography workshop back in February I’ve been obsessed with making sure my shots were sharp, well exposed and in focus. It doesn’t always happen but I make it a point to shoot accordingly to achieve those results.

So I’m a little bored of those type of shots. Or at least I have been the last few days. Don’t get me wrong, I still like a well exposed and in focus shot. I just think that’s some times the story can be told in the softness of a picture… Or movement into or out of the frame… In breaking some of the photography rules.

I have two 50mm lenses. One f/1.8 and f/1.4. I only ever use the f/1.8. I don’t know why. My shots just seem sharper with that lens. Then I read this article on the Click It Up A Notch site. She talks about the two lenses in great detail. Which got me wondering about mine. So this week I put my f/1.4 on my camera and decided to shoot wide open to see what kind of results I got with it.

Mind you, I hardly ever shoot with my aperture wide open. It’s tough to get everything in focus when I do. But I kept this lens at f/1.4 for the shots in this post. I tried to think of the mood and emotion I was trying to achieve rather than just the technical aspects of the photo.

It was definitely harder to keep the piece I wanted in focus with my aperture opened up all the way.

Especially with fast moving kids! Whose smiles come and go in a blink of an eye.

I decided I like the soft results I achieved. Not in everything I got, but in many of them.

They’re fast though these kids. Especially when they play. I had to be quick to snap the shot I wanted before they moved out of my focus plane.

It was a fun experiment in shooting wide open. Especially since we’d all been just home-bound lately.

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One Response to Wide Open

  1. Rachel says:

    Wow – definitely different from your signature photo style, but still very you. I especially like the hug shot!

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