Before and After — Tilting Floor

The Before and After 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.

Andrea rehearses at Cafe Dance in Austin.


  • Shutter:  1/500
  • Aperture:  f/2
  • ISO:  800
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Composition and Processing

  • This shot is all about the motion, with a number of elements helping both enhance the movement and contain it.  To help reinforce the lean, and give it a more tense, off balance feel, I tilted the frame in the direction Andrea is moving.  It almost appears as if she is falling in that direction.  Even the lines presented by the bar on the wall help support the motion and drive the eye from left to right.
  • Containing it are the perpendicular wall and, more subtly, the window light pushing against Andrea.  Together they keep the subject in the frame and our eye from wandering off the right hand edge.


February 16 2010 09:10 pm | Photography

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