Contrast

December 30, 2016

BW photograph of a tree's shadow against a brightly lit brick wall.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Black and white photography is often about contrast.  The fancy term for this chiaroscuro, which means “the arrangement or treatment of light and dark parts in a pictorial work of art” (Webster’s New American Dictionary).  Visually, the highlights are brightly illuminated and white or close-to-white whereas the shadows remain a deeper going-to-black or black.  Ideally, depending on the intent, a range of greys occupies the middle-tones.  Film noir makes great use of this type of lighting and is one the reasons for that genre being a favourite-The Maltese Falcon is an example.

This is the eve of New Year’s Eve and I really cannot think of anything profound to say, other than that 2016 certainly presented its challenges-a statement that is much more clichéd than insightful.  So, I will close the year’s posts with this:  when growing up I had a subscription to a magazine entitled Highlights for Children.  Inside, one of the pages contained a drawing that included a series of hidden objects to locate.  Find the squirrel in the above photograph.

Take care and have a safe and Happy New Year.

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