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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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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Leica M9 + Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH @ f/0.95

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