Before and After — The 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.

A shot from the MAC benefit tournament a few years ago.


  • Shutter:  1/2000
  • Aperture:  f/2.0
  • ISO: 200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Composition and Processing

  • So here’s another blocking shot without the ball or the other player, this time in profile.  This shot made the cut largely because of all the small supporting cues that this is at the peak of the action:  sand flying everywhere, the player’s expression, the shorts billowing upward from the jump, and the strained reach as the player extends as far as possible.
  • I cropped just a tiny bit in order to move the player to the right without making making the frame disproportionately narrower.


May 14 2012 06:23 pm | Photography

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