Before and After — Lisa 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.

Lisa stretches after a KDH Dance Company rehearsal.

Exposure

  • Shutter:  1/500
  • Aperture:  f/2.0
  • ISO: 1600
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Composition and Processing

  • Lot of great explicit lines in this shot leading directly to Lisa.  Normally I wouldn’t want to crop a subject so far right when they’re leaning heavily that way, but the right wall creates such a strong blocking force there’s no way the eye is traveling off that edge (the lines from the bar even bring you back to Lisa).
  • I’ll often rotate a shot like this too, but with the lines from the bar coming directly out of the upper right corner I thought it was best to leave this horizontally aligned.

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May 08 2012 | Photography | No Comments »

Before and After — Zion in the Gap

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.

Zion poses in the gap between some shadows from the late afternoon sun.

Exposure

  • Shutter:  1/500
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • ISO: 200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Composition and Processing

  • I had Zion tilt her head up partly to make it look like she was enjoying the afternoon sun, but also to reduce any shadows on her face and arms.
  • I like using internal elements of an image to frame the subject — sometimes that’s a window frame, or other people — but in this case it was simply the shadows cast on the wall.  As a plus, the diagonal shadow runs in the same direction Zion is facing, tying the two together.

 

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May 07 2012 | Photography | No Comments »

Before and After — Casey Jennings Pass

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.

Casey Jennings passes the ball at the 2009 Houston AVP Tournament.

Exposure

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

Composition and Processing

  • Passing shots sometimes look a little static when frozen, but I liked this one because of all the sand moving at Jennings’ feet.  Conveys a greater sense of speed, as if Jennings was racing to get there in stead of waiting for the ball.
  • I square cropped this because at this angle and with the way Jennings’ body is twisted, it’s actually very compressed horizontally.  In a wider frame it looked too small (breathing room for the ball to move into is good, but there can be too much).
  • Focus point was off again, it really should have been to the left more (this was before I started using the Mark IV;  on the Mark III you have to press a button first before you can move the focus point, and there’s not always time to do that when the ball comes back the other way).

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May 04 2012 | Photography | No Comments »