Street Portraits with Shallow Depth of Field

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Robert Watcher, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    A rainy day in the afternoon today, didn't stop me from heading out onto the streets of Xela, Guatemala - - - - but it did mean getting a little wet and taking a few coffee and sweets breaks here and there.

    It also inspired a different approach for me today. Instead of my normal grungy, stylized method of shooting and processing my images - my choice was a cleaner Black and White look with shallower depth of field. The breaking clouds with sun peaking through at times, contributed to some nicely lit images.

    My choice of gear then was to use my Olympus E-M1 with the 45mm f1.8 attached, and shoot in Monochrome (Black and White) mode in-camera. One I returned home and Imported the files into Lightroom, about all that I did to get to my final images, was fine tune the crop and tweak the contrast. For focusing I set the camera to Single Focus Point with the 9 Grid and Face and Eye Detect Enabled. I used Silent Shutter.




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  2. musicwack

    musicwack Mu-43 Regular

    May 21, 2015
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    Nice work, the images have a lot of pop!
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