The Brenizer method is a way to take huge shallow depth photographs by stitching together many smaller photographs taken with a medium focal length lens. So you would get the equivalent coverage of a wide angle lens, but the shallow depth of field of the actual lens you are using. Here is a guide if you wanna know how it works and try it out.
While usually you would use an 85mm or a 50mm wide aperture lenses to achieve that, Photographer Benjamin Wong pulled an $9,000 400mm lens out of his hat to get some awesome results.
Having met with dark conditions, Ben pulled 2 iPhones for lighting while pushing the D4 to its 12,800 ISO limits.
The results? Quite impressive. The photograph opening this post is a stitch of 15 different images.
This one is stitched from 54 individual frames.
and this last one is made from 36 frames.
Here is how Ben sums up the experience:
“Does the Brenizer method work with a 400mm f2.8? Sure does but it’s a
pain to set up and reframe a lens as big as the 400mm. It’s also
restrictive since you need to be far away from your subjects!
Additionally, the 400mm focal length will also introduce camera shake
into your shots if you’re not careful especially when you’re shooting at
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