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» Before and After — The Pass

Before and After — The 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.

Bobby passes the ball at 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

  • It’s a pretty simple passing shot, but I liked the afternoon sun and how it backlit the player (in particular the hair).  Bobby’s darker skin tones really help this shot too, making the sand stand out and providing greater separation from the yellow background.
  • Had to square crop it simply because I wanted to bring in the right edge and I didn’t have any more room to the left of the ball.  Fortunately the ball’s headed up as much as left, so I left in more breathing room at the top of the frame for the eye to move into.

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A pretty simple passing shot, but I liked the afternoon sun and how it backlit the player (in particular the hair).

This darker skin tones really help this shot too, making the sand stand out and providing greater contrast with the yellow background.

April 30 2012 07:05 pm | Photography

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