Shooting with a wide open lens under sunlight
Here are a couple of ways to capture an image under bright sunlight and with a wide opened lens.
The very first method doesn’t require you to use any additional tool; you can do it simply using your camera. As per this method, all you have to do is to backlit the subject you are trying to capture. However, this method can become relatively difficult when you have to capture objects that aren’t tall enough. For instance, when capturing a rabbit or a flower at the ground level, you will find this method to be somewhat difficult.
As per the second option, you may have to seek the assistance of a device such as shoot through umbrella. If not, you can use a translucent reflector too. Such equipment can diffuse the existing sunlight.
If not, as the third option, you may use a variable ND filter. In general, film photographers use variable ND filters quite often. Such filter can help you cut down certain amount of light. Modern variable ND filters are so advanced; they never spoil your photographs.