Before and After — SF Architecture 6

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.

Shot #6 from the SF architecture experiment.


  • Shutter:  1/250
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • ISO: 400
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (at 200mm)

Composition and Processing

  • This is another one of those shots I had originally expected to make a horizontal cross section of, but found a bit lackluster once I started working with it.  What I did find, by accident, was a maintenance guy working on one of the external stairwells.  So I isolated the shot to the simpler patterns directly around him, hoping that would make him easier to spot and an obvious contrast to the rest of the image.
  • When I pushed up the exposure I lost a lot of the wall detail, and when I increased contrast to get it back, the railings (and my unwitting subject) were solid black.  So I manually brightened each exposed railing separately.


March 02 2012 08:22 pm | Photography

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