Rediscovering Wide Open Bokeh
I’ve had my Canon 50mm f1.4 for several months now (almost a year). I used to shoot it wide open at f1.4 but eversince reading that it is not very sharp and contrasty at f1.4, I’ve shot it mostly at smaller apertures (usually f2.0).
Last weekend, I rediscovered the wonderful wide open bokeh of the lens. The out of focus blur is just dreamy, contrast is low but the effect is wonderful. In post-processing, I’ve also limited saturation and contrast such that no single color channel is blown (which is often the case for standard picture settings). In Canon, neutral and faithful has the least contrast and shows the most texture in areas that would otherwise be hidden by an oversaturated color channel.
Here are the pictures – enjoy!