Daily Photo – The AVP in Black and White (Photog vs. Photog vs. Walsh)

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.

A photographer snaps a shot of Kerri Walsh at the 2007 God and Goddess of the Beach Tournament in Las Vegas, part of my series on professional beach volleyball.  The rest of the series, so far, can be found on my flickr account.


  • Shutter:  1/3200
  • Aperture:  f/3.5
  • ISO:  200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (at 125mm)

Composition and Processing

  • Sometimes content trumps composition.  The balance in theis shot is a bit off, but the reason I took it was the photographer shooting Walsh straight down the top of the barrier.  He’s simultaneously invading the privacy of the players and being held at set distance by the barrier (entirely coincidental, since he’s sitting in one of the few spots marked off for photographers to capture the game).  As an added bonus, one of the AVP staff on the bench is taking a photo of the photographer with a point-and-shoot.
  • I could have shot this tighter, but chose to leave a little room for cropping options later.  I was concerned the subjects were lined up in a narrow strip, and wasn’t certain I wouldn’t want to rotate or try some other off-center crop in post.  With a 10mp camera that’s a bit risky, but better to have options than to unintentionally ruin the shot.


May 04 2009 06:51 pm | Photography

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