Well my personnal point is to still go for wide 1.2 1.4 open is the framing.
To be a little more explicit: yeah, shoulder shot with one eye in focus is a tired style IMHO
but if you work from a bit further, you can get a nice full body shot or torso shot with the full subject(s) in focus and all the rest of the scene in bokeh.
In the spirit of the old school prefocusing, my prefered working distances:
- on a 85 1.2, wide open, at 10 meters you have 50cm in front and behind. Very good 1 subject torso shot situation. http://500px.com/photo/39910852
At 15 meters you have 1 meter in front and one meter behind the focus point. Generally good for full body shots or sitting subjectS
. Very easy to have several poeple included without the usual default of one personn OOF (saw that yesterday in a pro press shot, ewwwww).
- on a 35 1.4, wide open, at 5 meters you have 70cm in front and close to a meter in the back. Perfect for full body shot in a average environment that you want to exist but oof. http://500px.com/photo/39910846
In short, keep doing maths and get good at estimating distances and very wide aperture become more than a 1 eye focus machine.