Before and After — Rick Qualifies

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.

Rick checks his height before attempting the 5 mph go-karts.

Exposure

  • Shutter:  1/400
  • Aperture:  f/4.0
  • ISO: 400
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Composition and Processing

  • Most of my shots place a strong emphasis on either the shape and form of the image, or the expressions/emotions of the subjects.  Sometimes though a shot is simply about the content, as in this case of placing Rick (who really isn’t that short) next to the minimum height sign at the kart track.

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May 15 2012 | Photography | No Comments »

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.

Exposure

  • 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.

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May 14 2012 | Photography | No Comments »

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 »