Before and After — Roxy At Cafe Dance

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.

Roxy rehearses for KDH Dance Company’s 2011 end of year production.


  • Shutter:  1/500
  • Aperture:  f/2.0
  • ISO: 1600
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1D4 Mark IV
  • Lens:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Composition and Processing

  • With the arms and legs in near perfect symmetry, I chose to center Roxy in the frame and keep things aligned horizontally and vertically (particularly with the rail and edge of the floor in the background reinforcing that).  It probably could have worked off-center or rotated at an angle, but since everything in this shot is about careful balance and control, a center crop made the most sense.  The window frame throws that off a bit and I probably should have removed it.
  • I originally thought this would be best in black and white.  But the processing necessary to deal with the mix of incandescent, florescent and natural light gave the floor a bluish cast, and I thought that matched nicely with Roxy’s clothing.


February 14 2012 07:51 pm | Photography

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