No digital trickery in the depth of field in this shot. Just the normal fall off that occurs when you use a 150-180mm f4 lens on a six centimeter by six centimeter square camera at its closest focusing distance. Look at the eyes and then look at the ears. Sharp versus smooth and effortless unsharpness. And acres of imaging area for detail and high definition. Is it any wonder that people still buy and use bigger cameras? Some times "good enough" isn't good enough.
All the different formats have different looks and some of it is predicated on two major considerations: 1. Can you make the focus fall off in a beautiful way while keeping what you want sharp very sharp? And, is there enough finesse to the high value curve (shoulder) to give you a rich tonality all the way up into the highlights while keeping the shadow detail?
I've shot with a bunch of digital MF cameras and the DR is very, very good. Now we need to get the manufacturers to work on the curves. I still think black and white film is a very viable alternative to the "everything digital" mindset. Not for everything but especially for portraits of beautiful young woman. Every time I see this print I want to go to the pool. That's where I first met Jennifer.