Before and After — More Cowbell

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.

More Cowbell performs on stage at Lucky Lounge in Austin (the guitarist in back is actually from another band).

Exposure

  • Shutter:  1/250
  • Aperture:  f/1.4
  • ISO: 3200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Composition and Processing

  • I had three concerns for this shot:  first, getting both guys in focus at f/1.4 (the guitarist in back is actually a little soft, but at this size it’s not too noticeable);  second, catching them at the peak of their movement where they would slow down enough for 1/250;  and third, finding an angle where the guy in back wasn’t obscured by an arm or guitar neck.

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May 10 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 »

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 »