Tonality : Creative Use of Tone

Welcome to Week Thirty of p52.2 : Framed.

In the first three weeks of this month, we took a disciplined approach to tone in composition. We explored the effects of enforcing consistency of tone in our backgrounds and often even our subjects:first bright/high tones, then low/dark tones, then a middle level. The resulting mosaics of our collected photos were remarkable for their cohesiveness and harmony. This week, expect some more variety as we each explore mixing tones in creative ways. Some of us will reintroduce dramatic contrasts to our compositions by combining different tones. Some may counterbalance the expected mood conveyed by tone, for example with a serious expression from a subject in a light, airy high-key photo. Others may explore tone with post-processing, perhaps with split toning of black and white photos, a technique that goes back to the days of the darkroom. The “split” part of the technique introduces a color cast that can be isolated to highlights without affecting the mid-tones or shadows, or vice versa. The result is a cross-processed look or a duotone effect that can give a little extra punch to a monochromatic image.

Our year-long collaborative blog project is dedicated to composition and artistry. Please click HERE to read more about our project. The gallery mosaic is randomly sorted every time you load the page so please Refresh the page in your browser to see a different view. Please click on the individual images to see a larger version on the artist’s website and, in some cases, a series of related images.

 

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