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February 2022 Challenge 'Chiaroscuro'


Martin L
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Chiaroscuro literally translated from the Italian as 'light-dark', generally termed 'low-key' in photography

A style characterized by really heavy contrast, deep shadows and generally a single light source highlighting just part of the subject

Further info can be found here Chiaroscuro - Wikipedia or Low-key photography - Wikipedia.

 

Maybe a bit more 'arty' than 'stocky' but I love this style, for me it creates the most atmospheric, dramatic images that I have seen. It can conjure some real emotion.

There are some great examples on the Wiki pages but below are some of my attempts.

Usual rules apply, three entries and must have been submitted to Alamy.

Competition closes Midnight Monday 28th Feb 2022

Have fun!

 

 

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Congrats again Martin.  This is a tough one, I had not heard of that term!  I had to run through my images in my head as the keywords don't work as well. I hope I have the idea correct.

 

1) A braised beef and veggie bowl lit by window light.

 

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2) A lantern lit hiker in the Paw Paw Tunnel

 

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3) The Colonial Parkway in Virginia

 

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41 minutes ago, Michael Ventura said:

Congrats again Martin.  This is a tough one, I had not heard of that term!  I had to run through my images in my head as the keywords don't work as well. I hope I have the idea correct.

 

 

 

 

Yes correct (I do like to make you work for it :)

 

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One of my favourite ways to shoot!

 

1. Backlit newspaper reader.

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2. Backlit wet road and agave leaves.

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3. Backlit Canarian pines in the volcanic landscape.

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Phil

 

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6 hours ago, Martin L said:

You are not wrong. One letter at a time and one finger typing and still got it wrong a few times

 

Too common Italian words stuck together. The first part 'chi' is pronounced like 'key' in English.

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Not a lot of high key images in my collection it seems, but here are my three offerings...

 

Boats on English Bay, Vancouver

 

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Woman sitting in a coffee shop
 
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Church doorway, Real de Catorce, Mexico
 
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3 hours ago, meanderingemu said:

looks at what has been submitted....  slowly walks away from this month's contest,

 

some awesome images.... 

 

Nooo, please don't. I always think other peoples pics are better. Don't forget its up to me to pick the last eight, you could have that one that really grabs me

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10 hours ago, meanderingemu said:

looks at what has been submitted....  slowly walks away from this month's contest,

 

some awesome images.... 

 

I agree with Martin, unless you really have nothing that works for this challenge, you should submit a few, you just never know.  It’s just for fun anyway!

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On 09/02/2022 at 16:06, meanderingemu said:

looks at what has been submitted....  slowly walks away from this month's contest,

 

some awesome images.... 

 

Head down and tail between legs?  🤨

 

Allan

 

I am thinking of giving it a miss too.  Have not found anything suitable yet and did not use  'Chiaroscuro' as a keyword in my images which makes it more difficult.

 

ITMA

 

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Had a thought, not telling what, these are what I found in my port.

 

Wild rabbit.  (Wabbit)

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Silhouette of lady with camera

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Two men sat by lake enjoying warm autumn sun

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