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Wide Apertures for Landscape

There is a style out there in the world today for landscape photography that demands pinprick sharpness for everything in the scene. The creativity starts by realizing that stopping down is a habit— so break the habit. When I did so, I found that I loved the results (though not in every case).

As far as I know, my Wide Aperture Landscapes piece (to be published as an article in Jan/Feb Photo Technique magazine) is a fresh approach to landscape photography that violates the ubiquitous “everything must be sharp” rule so prevalent today.

My favorite lens for wide aperture shooting is the Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH on the Leica M9, but any f/1.4 or f/1.2 lens also works (or f/2 for longer focal lengths).

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