Color Replacing B&W (for a while) #936

I have been true to my style for several years, square crop, black and white portraits of strangers. One reason that I have posted infrequently is that I have become a bit bored with my work. I still like meeting people on the streets and attempting to capture a bit of personality with a camera, but I have become stale.

So, for a while at least I am switching to color, and not necessarily square crop. This presents some new challenges, one of which that out of focus backgrounds become more important. Color introduces a confounding factor that can compete with the subject, facial expression. I have been using an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera which has a 2:1 crop factor compared to a full frame sensor. The ability to create background bokeh is compromised. So I have borrowed an old Canon 5D from a friend and armed it with a Canon 85mm f1.8 lens. In two days I'll take it for a spin.

In the meantime, all color images are from the Olympus.