When to say enough is enough on shooting wide open / by Phu Qui Nguyen

These days the fad of shooting "wide open" has gone a bit too far into novelty.  The term shooting wide is opening the lens aperture to receive more light and create a narrower field of focus for your subject.  Under some circumstances, I get that you're trying to achieve shallow depth of field and maybe hide a rather drab background with blurry bits.  BUT all that is lost to shooting the subject in it's entirety.  The modern photographer is so blurred with shooting wide open that they forget the beauty of an entire scene.  I apologize and not trying to preach to the masses, just that when it's everywhere, it's hard not to take notice.  When changing aperture, you can create a certain look, but there's many elements to consider.  Which do you often prefer?  

This reminded me of when I was stuck under my desk

Caged @ F/1.8 because I just snapped it trying to catch the light.  July 2016

Caged @ F/1.8 because I just snapped it trying to catch the light.  July 2016

Caged @ F/4 a bit overexposed but pleasing the eye because we don't see everything in blur. July 2016

Caged @ F/4 a bit overexposed but pleasing the eye because we don't see everything in blur. July 2016