Before and After — Breeanna in Line(s)

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.

Breeanna leans against a closed metal door near the defunct Seaholm Power Plant in Austin.


  • Shutter:  1/250
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • ISO: 200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Composition and Processing

  • I was aiming for contrasting shapes here:  the nice, rigid, unyielding straight lines versus the curved shapes of the subject.  I even had Breeanna kink her body and exaggerate various bends.
  • The tilt of the lines causes the eye to naturally move from left to right.  So the eye travels along that path until it collides with the subject, stopping there.  Had it been reversed (lines angles slightly down to the lower left of the frame), the eye would have traveled right off the left edge.  Even if you start with the Breeanna, the eye has a hard time traveling too far before gravity pulls it back to her.


February 23 2010 11:09 pm | Photography

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