A Difference of Two Stops
For today’s post, I’d like to share two images. They were taken within seconds of each other, and they were processed literally the same. Exposure, shadows, blacks, sharpening, everything. The only main difference (aside from me moving a tiny bit in between shooting) is that one was shot at f/1.4 and the other was shot at f/2.8, a difference of two stops.
Here is the f/1.4 version:
And now f/2.8:
I’ll start by saying that there are things I like in both photos. In the f/1.4 version, it has a much more dramatic and cinematic look. Minnie has a significantly more “3D look” to here, and I like the natural vignette that the lens adds when shot wide open. The f/2.8 version is sharper on the statue, and the background is less blurred out, making it so that Sleeping Beauty Castle is more recognizable. At the same time, I’m not sure if the background works so well on the f/2.8 version, since the bokeh is a bit distracting and draws the eye away from Minnie. But on the f/1.4 version, you can see focus on Minnie’s eyes, but not on her nose. I think both shots work, and really come down to a matter of preference of the viewer or person taking the photo. Which one do you all like better?
These were both taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIΒ and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, both of which are available at Amazon. If you shop at Amazon, please click our links here as anything you buy afterwards will help us out! Thanks for reading!!