Canon EOS 5D Mark II portraits

by planetmitch6 Comments

Ok, time for a wee bit of self-indulgence. Last night, I went to a local high school football game and took my Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Had to get away from this darn computer to have some local fun… well, now what's the result of that? I spend more time in front of the computer editing! LOL. It did get me out of the house tho.

All of these were taken with the 5D mk ii and the 85mm f1.8 (wishing I had the 1.2) (ok, a couple were done on the 24-105 but the closeups were on the 85)

So, there ya go – I went black and white with many of the batch (all that I'm showing here)… what do you think?

(Photo credit: all photos copyright planetMitch – please don't borrow them)


  1. What do you guys think which one gives the most shallow DOF?
    85mm f1.4
    50mm f1.2
    100mm macro f2.8
    I am always puzzled by this: Does the length of the lens effects the DOF more than the F stop?
    Does the 100mm Macro f2.8 gives more DOF than a 50mm f1.2?
    How about 85mm f1.4 vs 50mm f1.2 in DOF?

    Thanks in advance for your comments.

  2. I only have one of the lenses listed, but I can compare between the 100mm macro f2.8 and the 50mm f1.4. I think DOF is a function of both the aperture setting as well as the focal distance. When shooting at 1:1 with the 100 mm macro, parts of an object only a few mm away from the part that is in focus are blurred.

  3. the 85 will give you the shallowest Dof. The elements for a successful shallow DoF are to be close to the subject, long focal and wide aperture. But no need to over do this. a [email protected] at minimum focus distance will have a DoF of less than half an inch. you dont really need that, especially for video where things keep moving around!

  4. It requires courage to post your work in front of so many visitors!

    I am super critical for photography so keep this in mind when reading the rest of my post…

    You are shooting in BW but only the second picture is taking benefit of it in my eyes. The striking contrast between the white and black makes the picture pops. The other pics are too neutral.

    Also, be careful with foreground objects, they tend to distract from the main subject. Some of the pics would be much better with a tighter crop to remove these objects.

    Final advice: if you shoot in RAW, put your picture style to BW and boost contrast a bit so you can have immediate feedback while shooting.

    I am happy to see that you did not apply any vignetting. Vignettes are overused!

  5. @alain, thanks so much for your comments – it is brave of you to post
    your thoughts in front of so many 😉

    Actually, confessing in front of the world, they were all shot in
    color without any thought of B&W. I converted them to B&W in Aperture
    because I thought they looked better without all the color
    distractions. So I'll admit I have a bit more to learn about the

    And in fact, I think I applied a vignette to every one of them, but
    with Aperture, it is darn good at making it subtle. I like to focus
    the viewer's eye too and don't like distractions (i'll admit the one
    gal's face is way too distracting in that 7th pic). I used the heavy
    vignette in #5 (wish I'd put in numbers lol) to heavily cover the gal
    in the far left background, but since the background is very black in
    the first place, you can't tell.

    Thanks again for taking the time to help me improve!

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