Shot Wide Open

Introduction

I devised “Shot Wide Open” to challenge myself both technically and creatively. The premise is that I can only shoot with fixed focal length lenses, of a given maximum aperture, at their maximum aperture. For example, I may spend three to seven days limited to using a 60 mm f/2.8 lens at f/2.8.

Technically, this involves using lenses (especially those adapted from film cameras) at sub-optimal apertures, whilst also being limited to only two exposure variables (shutter speed and ISO). Since each of those has a defined limit on a given camera, I will also be forced to routinely carry ND filters, to mitigate the risk of overexposure.

Creatively, my framing is limited to whichever fixed focal length(s) I’m carrying. As a result, there will be more contemplation of subjects to find suitable vantage points; I haven’t precluded cropping, so shots may be framed in-camera with subsequent cropping in mind. In addition to limited framing options, I will have limited depth-of-field control. This makes selecting the point of focus, and arranging subjects in the frame, critical.

I will be selecting a different maximum aperture every three weeks, until I’ve covered every maximum aperture in my collection of fixed focal length lenses. Each aperture will be shot for three to seven days; this allows a good minimum amount of time on the project, but provides for situations where the camera is required for other purposes.

“Shot Wide Open” Photo Posts

f/1.4

Shot over three days with a Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 (native Micro Four Thirds mount) and a Nikkor S.C.-Auto 50 mm f/1.4 (Nikon F mount, adapted to Micro Four Thirds) on an Olympus OM-D E-M5.

f/1.7

Shot over five days with a Carl Zeiss Planar 50 mm f/1.7 T* (Contax-Yashica mount, adapted to Micro Four Thirds) on an Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1.

f/1.8

Shot over four days with an Olympus Zuiko MC Auto-S 50 mm f/1.8 (Olympus OM-System mount, adapted to Micro Four Thirds) on an Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1.

f/2.4

Shot over three days with a Carl Zeiss Jena MC Flektogon 35 mm f/2.4 (M42 mount, adapted to Micro Four Thirds) on an Olympus PEN E-P5.

f/2.8

Shot over four days with an Olympus M. Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 Macro (native Micro Four Thirds mount) and an Olympus Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8 (Olympus OM-system mount, adapted to Micro Four Thirds) on an Olympus OM-D E-M5.

f/2.9

Shot over four days with a Meyer Trioplan 50 mm f/2.9 V (M42 mount, adapted to Micro Four Thirds) on an Olympus PEN E-P5.

f/3.5

Shot over three days using an Olympus PEN E-P5 fitted with an Olympus G.Zuiko Auto-W 28 mm f/3.5 and a RMC Tokina 17 mm f/3.5 (both Olympus OM-system mount, adapted to Micro Four Thirds).

f/5.6

Shot over five days using an Olympus PEN E-P5 fitted with a Promura 300 mm f/5.6 (M42 mount, adapted to Micro Four Thirds).

f/8.0

Shot over seven days using an Olympus OM-D E-M5 fitted with an Olympus 9 mm f/8.0 Fisheye Body Cap Lens, and an Olympus PEN E-P5 fitted with an Olympus 15 mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (both body cap lenses are native Micro Four Thirds mount).

Conclusion

Click the link above to read my conclusion to the project, including ten of my favourite photos drawn from all of the project’s posts.

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