f 1.8

by Hilary Halliwell July. 29, 2021 310 views

I have a 35 mm prime lens that opens to f 1.8, but I rarely use it. I love the lens, but I usually stop down to at least f 4. Actually, for a long time, I regarded the 1.8 aperture setting as virtually unusable. It is difficult to control focus and chromatic aberration can be an issue. Ugh, it just never seemed worth the trouble. But the 52 Frames challenge is f 1.8 this week, so I thought I'd give it a go.

While the resulting images are more artistic and experimental than photo-realistic, I like them. F 1.8 may not be right for every situation. Heck it probably isn't right for most situations, but it was fun to play around with creative blur and intentionally break the rules a bit.

White Flower

White Flower

Blurred Grass

Blurred Grass

The Nose

The Nose

The Ear

The Ear

In the case of the two dog portraits, I know the rule is to get the eye that is closest to the foreground in focus, but she kept moving and it was hot, so I worked with what I had captured.

Leaf with Water Droplets

Leaf with Water Droplets

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John Durham 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Love my 1.8 50 - use it whenever I can because of the great bokeh

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Hilary Halliwell Replied to John Durham 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I think I'll be using it a lot more!

1 month, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I believe you have shown the beauty of the f/1.8 in every single one of these images. If I were forced to choose it would be #3 and #6. Very nice!

1 month, 2 weeks ago Edited
Göran Ehn 1 month, 2 weeks ago

We need to break those rules every now and then. Be creative and enjoy yourself smile

1 month, 2 weeks ago Edited
Björn Roose 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Nice series of shots !

1 month, 2 weeks ago Edited
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