Nov 062012

“Contact sheets unveil the story of what went into a photograph. Was it the outcome of what a photographer had in mind from the outset? Did it emerge from a diligently worked sequence? Was the right shot a matter of being in the right place at the right time? Here, for the first time, are the best contact sheets created by Magnum photographers. They reveal the creative methods, strategies, and editing processes used by some of the acknowledged greats of photography…”

            Description of the amazing Magnum Contact Sheets book by Amazon

With that in mind, I thought I would share one of my “digital contact sheets”. All the pictures were taken this morning in Geneva over a 10-minutes time-lapse when I stumbled on Santa Claus (apparently not so happy to get back to work for the Holiday season).

(For better viewing, click on the first picture and go through the slideshow)

1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8


Since the goal of a contact sheets was ultimately to choose the picture(s) to be printed, I’ll leave the role of the editor to you. (and feel free to explain your choice in the comments section)

santa is back

  6 Responses to “A digital contact sheet : Santa is back to work”

  1. Really great idea Yanick! (Also agree with your comment regarding the Magnum contact sheets). 

  2. Excellent idea ! Voted for 5, but I like 8 too.
    The thing is that today I bought "The Americans" by Franck because of yesterday's post, Tomorrow, I'll have to buy Magnum Contact Sheets…
    Please don't post anything about Leica within the next… decade ;-)

  3. Yes but No :-) It's not really like a true contact sheet because pictures are already processed ! 
    It's more like choosing between several drawings !

    • And so are your pictures at the time you decide to put Velvia or Tri-X in your camera, right ? ;)  I just applied my standard preset (a film) to these pictures. The only difference is that I slightly corrected exposure on a few pictures, true. Of course, it is much easier to view them digitally than through a magnifier ;)

      Yet shape, content, vision is exactly as it would be in a contact sheet, and I believe that is what matters most! Cheers.

  4. I think I'm a bit biased against street photos where the camera has been turned in its side to take a picture, which favours #5

    • I have noticed that this is a general bias when looking on the internet. Indeed, since all computers are landscape orientated, portrait pictures are rendered smaller than landscape ones. Less details can be seen, I am sure that it would not be this way if viewing on an exhibit wall.

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