Daily Photo – Sarah at the Wall

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.

Sarah leans up against City Hall on 2nd street in downtown Austin.


  • Shutter:  1/500
  • Aperture:  f/2
  • ISO:  200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Composition and Processing

  • A 35mm lens has a small amount of distortion due to the focal length.  If I shot this too high, the feet would recede a bit relative to the head;  if I shot it too low, the opposite would occur.  Neither of those are necessarily bad depending on what you’re after, but since I wanted the lines to be fairly straight I shot this from about the middle.
  • I tilted this shot to the right for a couple reasons:  it made the otherwise static composition a bit more dynamic and also oriented the main lines toward the corners.  Leaning right made the most sense, making the wall a stable platform supporting Sarah.


May 18 2009 05:29 pm | Photography

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