Daily Photo – Dagny Shooting Me Shooting Dagny

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.

Dagny showing off her polaroid skills during last Saturday’s “shoot and be shot” walkabout.


  • Shutter:  1/1000
  • Aperture:  f/2
  • ISO:  200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Composition and Processing

  • I’ve been experimenting with cross processing lately, more as an processing alternative than an actual need.  In this case though, it matches the subject well:  the yellow-blue tones have an old-school feel in line with the Polaroid that Dagny’s using (well, the Polaroid is probably much warmer).  You could say the act of observing has somehow influenced the portrayal of the observer…
  • I rarely do diptychs, but I do like their increased story telling capacity over single frame shots.  By placing the initial frame to the left in this image, and making it smaller, the eye doesn’t linger there long and immediately moves to the larger second shot.  This motion is important as it helps reinforce the connection between the two images as well as the passage of time.  Had the frames been reversed (that is, the first frame larger), the eye would have gotten stuck there or felt uneasy when looking at the second shot (as if the set were incomplete and there should be another frame.)

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March 14 2009 07:30 pm | Photography

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