before the fight, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Technical data: Photo taken with hand held Olympus point & shoot
digital camera; existing daylight. Auto white balance, program exposure
mode, multi-pattern metering, ISO 200. No lens filters were used.
Photo file was routinely optimized
using Photoshop; color balance, levels and curves, sharpening,
cropping. I use a Mac for all photo processing.
Comments: I had spotted these three matadors early on, well
before fight time, and was having trouble finding a decent background
for a picture. They were standing in a small dirt lot surrounded on
three sides by jumbled garages and sheds, the remaining side was a
large stand of seating bleachers. Nothing was working so I hopped up on
the bleachers and pointed my camera down, using the dirt as background.
It's easy to capture your main
subject - but having a good background as well is more difficult. Plan
your shots ahead if possible, and evaluate the backgrounds beforehand.
Calculate where you'll need to be to get the best shot. Often though
you'll have to wing it because a shot just presents itself. In those
cases you'll need to think fast. It helps to simply have a constant
awareness of your photographic surroundings. With practice you'll soon
be instinctively moving yourself to the best spots.
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