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 Subscribing Member

    May 21, 2015
    South Jersey
    Nice work, the images have a lot of pop!
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  3. Bl0at3r

    Bl0at3r Mu-43 Regular

    May 21, 2012
    Essex, UK
    They are stunning - especially the first one.
    Interesting that many street shots do not seem to employ the same shallow dof because they really do make striking images.
  4. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    The 45 is always fantastic for street shooting, hopefully your post will encourage others to shoot in that manner. This one, whilst not as good as yours, also shows the effectiveness of that technique.

    26386814612_809bec5b3d_b.jpg Untitled by Otim, on Flickr
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  5. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I actually shoot like that a lot, with the LCD flipped up at waist level. I normally keep it in colour though.
  6. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    felt like challenging myself while evening street photographing with a semi-fuzzy refitted Russian projection lens KP-16 50mm f1.2
    I was mainly looking for bokeh bubbles but then I stumbled into people...

    32847820725_a46d68fa58_b.jpg Bright lights lure by gnarlydog, on Flickr
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