Before and After — Hans Stolfus Block

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.

Hans Stolfus jumps to block at the 2009 Houston AVP Tournament.


  • Shutter:  1/2000
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • ISO: 200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (at 200mm)

Composition and Processing

  • You really don’t need to always include the ball in and action shot to show what’s going on.  The brain fills in a lot, and even though I cropped this tight it’s clear Stolfus is leaping up to block an unknown hitter.  The benefit is that the shot can be more tightly focused on the subject, and potentially take advantage of other elements in the scene.
  • Those other elements in this case were the top and bottom tape of the net (which frame the subject and look like better natural obstructions for the arms and legs than the edge of the frame would have;  and getting rid of most of the distracting yellow wall so that the green seats can be a singular and uniform background.


April 17 2012 07:42 pm | Photography

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