Shooting exercise: high tone drama

Jack Cardiff the great cinematographer reportedly learnt his art from a study of impressionist paintings and I took myself off to the National Portrait Gallery to help focus my eye a little better on light and contrast.exhibits national portrait galleryas I came out into Trafalgar square, the sunlight played fast and loose with ominous clouds
“to create contrast, the photographer pits lighter elements against dark, sun against shadows”

of course natural landscapes are impressive mediums for tonal contrasts but so too are silhouetted cityscapes:
“a high-contrast shot will have relatively few grey tones, but lots of strong blacks and whites”

“your eyes focus directly on the point of greatest contrast. In a black-and-white photo, that point of greatest contrast will be where the lightest and darkest elements converge”

swans and pelicans are ideal subjects for black and white photography and with a little more action, the drama of of light and dark contrast is made more emphaticpelicans_stjames_park

*quotes from Dave Roos “How to Get Great Contrast in Photography

Shooting exercise with Lumix G6 in dynamic monochrome


8 thoughts on “Shooting exercise: high tone drama

  1. The white swans that begin the show are my favorite and the 2nd is the white buildings against the darkness of the shadows and sky, very impressive and impressionistic as well. Great work.

    1. that’s reassuring Sherwood as was uncertain about including the buildings in St Martin’s lane – framing far from perfect but it was the instance of light and dark I was after

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