When I studied Karate (Goju Ryu), ascending to the next level meant several tests as well as the creation of a photo portfolio comprised of various poses from katas (forms consisting of a series of specific movements). It’s not difficult to make those types of photos interesting, but I also like to take a few that are engaging in a different way. This shot is one that I took of my friend; in post-production, I de-saturated it in PhotoShop (except for the crest).

It’s not much different from the original (except for the missing skin tones) – but it sure is more dramatic.