Before And After — All Threes, And Maybe Some Twos…

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.

A patch of green three leaf clovers in Big Basin State Park, along the Skyline to the Sea trail.


  • Shutter:  1/60
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • ISO: 800
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Composition and Processing

  • This felt like a shot that should be pretty flawless as far as the subject goes.  Patching the chewed up leaves on the right, not to mention the larger gaps on both the top and right, was more work than necessary for this image.  So I simply cropped in tighter and removed some of the twigs and dirt on the rest of the leaves.
  • There’s no specific focus to this image, the eye simply wanders.  It’s all pattern and color.  Given that, I really punched up the green.  Shots like these are always the ones I look back on years later and cringe at the processing, but for now I’m ok with it.


March 28 2012 07:44 pm | Photography

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