Daily Photo – Stephanie in Blue

The Daily Photo series focuses on the two or three key creative choices, in terms of composition and processing, that go into creating an image.  Specific technical details about the shot have been left out — you won’t hear me talking about tone curve adjustments and whatnot unless it was a key component of the end result.

Stephanie poses in the construction walkways of the W in downtown Austin.


  • Shutter:  1/250
  • Aperture:  f/2
  • ISO:  800
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Composition and Processing

  • This shot is all about color.  I had spotted the grainy blue mock photo of the future W hotel on the wall of the walkway.  I waited until Stephanie had changed into an entirely blue outfit, then had her lean flush against the background.  That turned the entire image blue, offering a great contrast to the primary subject elements:  her skin and (red) hair.
  • The background pattern offered a nice contrast too:  straight lines, aligned with the edge of the image, complement and separate from Stephanie, who doesn’t have a straight line anywhere (except perhaps the weave of the jeans).  Even the pattern on the shirt is mostly curves.  Despite the almost entirely blue image, there’s a clean break between background and subject.  That’s even more noticeable in the black and white version.

Black and white version:


February 24 2009 06:26 pm | Photography

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