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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 »

Before and After — Minh at Lucky Lounge

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.

Minh of More Cowbell on stage at Lucky Lounge in Austin.

Exposure

  • Shutter:  1/125
  • Aperture:  f/1.4
  • ISO: 3200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Composition and Processing

  • The lighting isn’t great at this venue, and there’s three walls surrounding the stage, limiting angles to shoot from.  To get this shot I kept adjusting to Minh’s movement on stage until I caught him turned to the left and with the large Lucky Lounge logo completely behind him (and completely contained in the frame so as not to cause any sort of imbalance or pull to one side).
  • Brought the vignetting in tight to draw more emphasis to the subject and create the impression the venue was darker than it actually was (although the lighting was terrible, don’t get me wrong;  it was just more evenly distributed and bland).

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May 03 2012 | Photography | No Comments »

Before and After — Claire 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.

Claire rehearses for the KDH Dance Company.

Exposure

  • Shutter:  1/500
  • Aperture:  f/2.0
  • ISO: 1600
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
  • Lens:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Composition and Processing

  • I rotated the image counter-clockwise to reinforce the image of Claire pushing up and against something.  Had I tilted it the other way, it would have felt more like she was falling and off balance (and would have taken the eye quickly off the right edge without a lot of space for her to move into).
  • Since she’s moving parallel to the back wall, the bars and floor/ceiling joint reinforce her movement and posture.
  • It’s a shame about the sweater since it breaks up otherwise great form and lines.  I’ve been shooting the KDH Dance Company for five years now and while most of the dancers are accustomed to my presence at rehearsals and like the resulting images, this was the first time I’d shot Claire.  Hence the self-conscious use of the sweater (I’m assuming).  That’s something to always be aware of with new subjects, even in familiar environments.

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May 02 2012 | Photography | No Comments »