Shooting Wide Open

When I first returned to serious photography about 7 or 8 years ago ( I had been ‘into’ photography when I was very young and, in fact, asked my parents for a good camera and basic darkroom equipment for my 8th grade graduation present……but that is another story and was a lifetime ago) I was a ‘sharp from back to front’ sort of shooter.  That clearly has its place, and I enjoy a good ‘stem to stern’ pin sharp landscape image as much as the next guy.  However, it is only over the last year or two that I have come to really appreciate shooting with the lens wide open to markedly limit depth of field.  In the right situation the wide open aperture lends an aura of mystery to an image and can also make the subject really ’pop’.

I made the photo below on one of my deep winter photo forays to Phipps Conservatory, where the weather is warm and the color is green any time of year!

plant Shooting Wide Open


Copyright Howard Grill

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6 Responses to “Shooting Wide Open”

  1. the humorist Says:

    There is always great satisfaction in seeing something no-one else does. Wide open is good for me….love this one….the light, the design, its abstractness, b+w does it justice.

  2. Howard Says:

    Thank you very much! Glad you like it.

  3. ken bello Says:

    I had to look up Phipps Conservatory and it looks like a great place for photographers to get some great shots. Like this one.

  4. Howard Says:

    Thanks very much Ken! As conservatories go it is actually pretty small and you can only bring in your tripod for 1 1/2 hours on Sunday mornings if you are a member. But it is still hard to beat on cold winter Sunday mornings.

  5. Mark Says:

    I have always enjoyed shooting wide open also because it really gives us a chance to see and process the world differently.

  6. Howard Says:

    Good point Mark. It really does let us see in a way we don’t naturally

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