Crossing paths

By January 22, 2009Blog

Crossing pathsShot with Canon 5D, 200mm f/2.8L II
@ 200mm, f/2.8, ISO 640, 1/320s

I’m really torn on this image. On the one hand, I do really like the composition, timing, subjects, lines, etc… The original intention for this image as I was shooting it was to focus very sharply on the brick wall, for the texture. I wanted the texture / shape to be eye-catching and then for the figures to keep your eyes busy after that initial glance. I knew there would be compression from the 200mm lens, of course, and I wanted it, but part of me can’t help but wish that both people were of similar sharpness. But then again, the woman is the more interesting of the two, so it makes sense in a way for the woman to be more sharply in focus. The man being sharply in focus as well would probably actually make this a less interesting image.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this image – leave a comment and tell me what you think. 🙂

Processing began with my custom Lightroom preset Grayscale, Portrait 2. Next, I played with the color temperature of the image, added some highlight recovery, brushed in some clarity on everything but the man (it would produce an unsightly dark halo around him), adjusted black clipping to reign in shadow detail, removed the vignette, and finally increased the exposure a bit for a better balanced image.

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