Daily Photo – Leslie in Square

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 square crop of Leslie on a light tan drop cloth.


  • Shutter:  1/125
  • Aperture:  f/2
  • ISO:  800
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Composition and Processing

  • I favored bleach bypass when processing this shot.  The tans and reds match the yellow-ish processing style, as does the texture of the jeans (much the same way texture seems to stand out better in black and white).
  • I tend to clean up skin blemishes on most models, almost unnecessarily so.  This shot had a more natural feel (as far as wardrobe and posture), so I left in the various freckles on Leslie’s arm.
  • I suppose the rule of thirds still applies to some degree, but I think square crops lend themselves better to centered subjects.  Perhaps it’s the equal pressure from all sides of the frame, or that symmetry demands a certain degree of symmetry in the way the subject fills the scene.  Anyone else have a reason why that might be the case?


May 15 2009 06:52 pm | Photography

2 Responses to “Daily Photo – Leslie in Square”

  1. meduza-perduza on 29 May 2009 at 5:57 am #

    Just a suggestion to put original first.

  2. KG on 29 May 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    I’ve debated which order to put them in and really don’t know what makes the most sense. Folks coming from flickr have already seen the final version, so it makes sense to have the original first for them. But I do like having the final version seen initially by those who come to the blog first.

    I might switch it up for a bit though.

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