Daily Photo – Chrissie Zartman Awaiting Serve (The AVP in Black and White)

The Daily Photo 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.

Another shot of Chrissie Zartman from the 2008 AVP Dallas qualifier, part of my series on professional beach volleyball.  I’ve been sorting them into four sets:  “The AVP in Black and White”, “The AVP at Night” and “The AVP in Color” (two sets for that last one).  Those can be found on my flickr account, although I may find a way to arrange them here on the blog at some point.

Exposure

  • Shutter:  1/1250
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (at 200mm)

Composition and Processing

  • I shot this fairly low, below the height of Zartman (who probably isn’t much over 5′ tall).  Besides increasing the apparent height of the subject, it makes the shot more personal.  Shooting from a higher vantage point would have turned the viewer into an observer;  by staying close to the subject’s eye level we feel more like a participant, like we’re seeing the world the way they are.
  • This was taken with the subject in the middle of the frame (lazy focusing on my part).  She was looking slightly to the right (of frame), so I cropped her to the left.  That gives her space to look into and removes and visual competition between the left and right had I stuck with a centered crop.
  • The tree behind her was ok, except for the branch sticking out of her head.  That got removed in Photoshop, a task made easier by the common tone of her hair and sky.  The tree itself, plus the metal spikes supporting it, created an odd framing of Zartman that was unintentional — I haven’t decided if that works in the picture’s favor or not.

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April 07 2009 | Photography and Volleyball | No Comments »

Daily Photo – Chrissie Zartman Serving (The AVP in Black and White)

The Daily Photo 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.

Over the next eight weeks, along with my normal purview of photo subjects, I’ll be posting a series of shots of professional beach volleyball.  I’m sorting them into four sets:  “The AVP in Black and White”, “The AVP at Night” and “The AVP in Color” (two sets for that last one).  Those can be found on my flickr account, although I may find a way to arrange them here on the blog at some point.

The shots themselves are from the 2007 and 2008 Dallas AVP tour stops, along with the 2007 Las Vegas AVP God and Goddess of the Beach tournament. I’m planning to attend and hopefully shoot at the 2009 Houston AVP tournament in mid-May.

This shot:  Chrissie Zartman serves the ball during the 2008 AVP Dallas qualifier.

Exposure

  • Shutter:  1/2500
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • ISO:  200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM (at 55mm)

Composition and Processing

  • I took quite a few shots from the back line while players served the ball.  My goal was to catch the player and ball in motion relative to the static (and ready) positions of the others on the court.  Even small and out of focus, you can see the tension of the opposing team’s stance.  Nevertheless, the reason I selected this photo was the lighting:  the morning sun has just poked through the heavy clouds, illuminating the court and highlighting the Zartman against the dark background.  That’s further enhanced by being blonde and wearing white.
  • I unintentionally clipped the feet in this shot.  It’s always disappointing to do that when the rest of the composition is solid.  One way I’ve tried compensating for cropping flaws is to clip something on the opposite edge that’s part of the same subject.  The hope is to provide some sort of balance in the way the subject is framed and hopefully reduce (albeit not eliminate) the original distraction.  The ball in the original is actually just inside the frame, so all I did was tighten the crop slightly — just enough to match the feet.

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March 18 2009 | Photography and Volleyball | No Comments »