May’s theme / technique: It’s all about the Light
Take Three: As an alternative to showing how the use of high key and low key effects alter the look of an object (flower in my case) I wanted to experiment with an image that intrigues me to see if changing the key tone does in fact change the mood.
This week's assignment - Create one image using strong lighting which creates strong shadows and emphasises contrasts in tones and one image with much lighter tones. If you have post-processing software try experimenting with 'low key' and 'high key'effects.
- The visual effect of deliberately shifting the key tone (the one which lies near the mid-point between the darkest and lightest tones) is not to make the image lighter or darker overall, but to signal a mood or feeling in the viewer.
- The mood of low-key images becomes more sombre and metaphorically darker, with more drama implied.
- High-key overcomes shadows and signals a style full of light and air. Look for subjects with a relatively small difference between the brightest and darkest parts.
(1) Girl in a White Dress. I chose this image because not only are the colours monochromatic, there isn’t a lot of contrast apart from the black hair and white dress. A young woman, pulling nervously at her hair, wearing what could be an old-fashioned nightdress standing barefoot on the jetty wall. Why is she standing there looking out to sea?
Could changing the lighting change the story?
(2) High-key lighting – a softer more ethereal feeling – romantic or anxious? Waiting for her partner to return from the sea?
(3) Low-Key lighting – a sense of drama. What is she looking at, what is she thinking? The black shadow behind her, the inky sea approaching. Has she run away from something?
If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂
- Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
- Get your post(s) in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in June.