Daily Photo – Jenny Johnson Jordan

I took this shot of Jenny Johnson Jordan at the AVP Las Vegas God and Goddess of the Beach Tournament last September. It’s a bit of an experiment really; it’s unusual in a sports shot to have the subject in the shade while the background is lit up, so it was worth being less conventional in the processing.


  • Shutter: 1/2500
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • ISO: 400
  • Camera: Canon EOS 1d mIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (at 200mm)


Composition and Processing

  • I kind of knew what I was after when I first took this shot. I saw the difference between the lit background and the shaded foreground and thought there might be something to that (particularly with the pattern of the benches in the background). That’s as far as I considered it at the time though.
  • The framing of the original wasn’t too good. Aside from losing the feet (which I could have possibly recreated from another shot if I were less lazy in Photoshop), Johnson-Jordan was too close to the right edge of the frame. For most shots, and for action in particular, I prefer the subject be moving into the center, not be there already. And since the motion suggested the movement would be lateral and far (for the jump serve), I wanted a horizontal composition to better communicate this to the viewer.
  • This might have been fine in color, but black and white created a far more interesting texture on her skin and exaggerated both the back light and the light reflecting off sweat and sand.
  • The horizontal composition meant I had to extend the now faded pattern of the bleachers through the right side of the frame. That was a much easier task once they were so light and almost unidentifiable. It meant I could be less precise and no one would notice alignment errors.

More of my AVP shots can be seen here.

August 15 2008 09:33 pm | Photography and Volleyball

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