f/1.4

Introduction

This is the first instalment of my “Shot Wide Open” project. The project is centred around shooting fixed-focal length lenses with the aperture wide open on every shot.

Creatively, this is challenging: one framing option per lens, and one choice of depth-of-field per shot. From a technical perspective, it is also difficult: lenses typically don’t perform well wide open (especially true of most adapted lenses), and shutter speed and ISO may only be sped up and decreased, respectively, to a given point; ND filters are a must.

All the photos in this week’s post were taken with either a Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4 or a Nikkor S.C.-Auto 50 mm f/1.4 (hence, “f/1.4”), and each lens was used with an Olympus OM-D E-M5.

The Photos

The University of Otago Registry Building, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/20 s, f/1.4, ISO 800.
The University of Otago Registry Building, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/20 s, f/1.4, ISO 800.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Nikkor S.C.-Auto 50 mm F/1.4. 1/25 s, f/1.4, ISO 800.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Nikkor S.C.-Auto 50 mm F/1.4. 1/25 s, f/1.4, ISO 800.
Outside Union Hall and the Otago University Students' Association building, University of Otago. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/40 s, f/1.4, ISO 400.
Outside Union Hall and the Otago University Students’ Association building, University of Otago. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/40 s, f/1.4, ISO 400.
First Church, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/10 s, f/1.4, ISO 400.
First Church, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/10 s, f/1.4, ISO 400.
Macrocarpa cones on a fallen bough. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Nikkor S.C.-Auto 50 mm F/1.4. 1/160 s, f/1.4, ISO 400.
Macrocarpa cones on a fallen bough. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Nikkor S.C.-Auto 50 mm F/1.4. 1/160 s, f/1.4, ISO 400.
Ivy and a fern growing on the trunk of a beech tree. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/100 s, f/1.4, ISO 100.
Ivy and a fern growing on the trunk of a beech tree. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/100 s, f/1.4, ISO 100.
Macrocarpas in the Town Belt, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/160 s, f/1.4, ISO 100.
Macrocarpas in the Town Belt, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/160 s, f/1.4, ISO 100.
A psychedelic tortoise up a tree. Actually, it's an old lens trying to capture a gall that looks a bit like a tortoise. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Nikkor S.C.-Auto 50 mm F/1.4. 1/125 s, f/1.4, ISO 100.
A psychedelic tortoise up a tree. Actually, it’s an old lens trying to capture a gall that looks a bit like a tortoise. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Nikkor S.C.-Auto 50 mm F/1.4. 1/125 s, f/1.4, ISO 100.
Dunedin's CBD, viewed from the Town Belt near Steep Street. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Nikkor S.C.-Auto 50 mm F/1.4. 1/2500 s, f/1.4, ISO 100.
Dunedin’s CBD, viewed from the Town Belt near Steep Street. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Nikkor S.C.-Auto 50 mm F/1.4. 1/2500 s, f/1.4, ISO 100.
Sunset on Moray Place. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/40 s, f/1.4, ISO 100.
Sunset on Moray Place. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/40 s, f/1.4, ISO 100.

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