Behind the Shot - 002/101

Behind the shot: 002 / 101

367 Megapixels. My poor MacBook Pro sounded like a jet engine whilst editing this image. So how did we end up there?

002 / 101 was created using the Brenizer Method. This technique, invented by Ryan Brenizer, creates images that look like they’re made on a very-large-format camera such as an 8×10″ format camera. It combines a (relatively) wide angle of view with a very shallow depth of field. This is done by stacking and stitching a lot of photographs made using a telephoto lens, resulting in the shallow depth of field telephoto lenses create, and the wide field of view a panoramic image creates.

In our case, we used our Fujifilm GFX 50S with the Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2.0 wide open at f/2.0, the medium format equivalent of a 85mm f/1.4 lens. This creates an extremely shallow depth of field, but also quite a narrow field of view. We therefore took more than 40 photographs that we later stitched together to form this panoramic image.

The Brenizer method creates this very dream-like image that we thought would work great for an image like this, where we want to keep focus on Maya yet still portray the entirety of the (usually extremely vibrant and busy) town square in Utrecht.

No artificial blurring or trickery whatsoever. Just some light color enhancement is all it took to create 002 / 101. We loved this technique so much, we might use it again in the future – sorry, MacBook!