Wide Aperture Photography

I do love limited Depth of Field – and on a recent visit to Wisley, had some fun with this.

I have already shown a poppy, and shall show a cornflower, I think, and some others, but here is a collage:




  1. That always works well with flowers, Sue. Nice Wisley shots!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. A fine collection of flowers with a shallow depth of field, Sue!

  3. What a lovely gallery of flowers.

  4. So which lens are you using for these then Sue?

    • Sue

      45mm, mostly at f1.8 or 2.8

      • I thought it might be that one. I like it too, but have kept the zoom on for a while. Might be time for a change.

      • Sue

        I use the 45mm a lot, and the pancake 14mm (Panasonic)

      • I think my next one will be either the 17mm or 25mm both f1.8 and that’s probably more than enough!

      • Sue

        I use very few lenses, the two I mentioned and occasionally the 40-150mm zoom. Not to save money, but to save stressing over which lens to use. It would slow this already slow person down too much….as my manual dexterity has reduced, I find ways of managing!

      • I find myself struggling more and more with the heavy load of my photo gear + tripod + filters. It slows me down terribly. I have been to two photographic workshops recently moving around a lot for half a day. The next day I felt battered and bruised. For the next workshop, I’ll only bring two lenses!

      • Sue

        Well, I had to give up my Nikon gear, as I just could not manage the weight any more….moved from a heavy D300 to a couple of little Oly mirrorless – best thing I did!

      • Oly mirrorless, I have never heard … I have to look it up! 🙂

      • Sue

        Olympus OMD Em1 – micro 4/3 camera

  5. Poppy still wins, but the yellow flowers next to it are a close second. I prefer the ones where blur becomes negative space.

  6. I need to practice that/

  7. These are lovely. I too love this type of photography – particularly for shots of flowers.

  8. I’d love to visit Wisley one day. This is a beautiful arrangement, Sue. Do you go for aperture or m-mode?
    Love this sort of collage, well done!

    • Sue

      Many thanks, Dina! It seems a while since we have ‘spoken’, great to chat on the blog today! As to your question, I always shoot on manual, because that’s how I learnt in film days….only ever had a Canon FT and then a Nikon FM2, both solid, heavy manual SLRs! And you?

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