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My flickr contact Bob Dein has captured another great portrait in his 100 Strangers set with his Olympus OM-D. Here’s his report and caption:

In Tampa, I sat in a small trattoria eating a prosciutto and mozzarella Panini. It brought back fond memories of trattorias in Italy. The current bread wasn’t as good, but pleasant enough.

Across the street was a street musician, passionately playing a saxophone. He had to be my next stranger. I approached and theatrically placed a small donation in his jar. He thanked and ‘God blessed’ me. I quickly explained 100 Strangers, and he said fine. Max was from Cincinnati, but has lived in Tampa for twelve years. Then suddenly he began to play and moved in wide gestures. He just wouldn’t stay still for a second. The more I clicked, the more he moved. After several minutes I gave up and left. I waved, and Max raised his eyebrows in acknowledgement.

Well, the Olympus OM-D has one shortcoming. It is weak in continuous auto-focusing. It is poor for sports and birds in flight. It should be fine for portraiture. It was not fine for Max. Fortunately I took LOTS of shots, as several are focused on the background. This is my favorite – by far.

Bob Dein’s street portraits

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Flickr member Bob Dein has put together a wonderful collection of street portraits. It’s apparent in the images that he really knows how to make his subjects comfortable and he’s doing amazingly well at channelling a piece of their personalities. His subjects are strangers he meets on the street. I don’t know what he’s saying to them but its working.

The other thing I notice about his choice of subjects is that it’s not exploitative like many street portrait photographers I see. Many choose homeless people with the most distorted features or just beautiful women with great smiles. Bob has an eye for an interesting face and its clear that these people are from all walks of life.

Many of these were taken with an Olympus OM-D which is a micro four thirds camera and an Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens which on the OM-D sensor provides a 90mm angle of view, perfect for portraiture.

Brilliant work.

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