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The Dark and Light Contrast

Compositions Using Lights and Shadows

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Here with the last in our compositional series, Eberhard Schuy demonstrates the primary elements: Dark and Light Contrasts.

Of all the contrasts this one is fundamental to to with our world and defines what is photography too. On location in the Ardennes region in Belgium, what better place than a castle ruin to demonstrate these contrasts.

Thanks to the excellent weather and bright condtions we can easily find many motifs to examine the nuances of light and shadow. In the darkness of a dungeon, with leading light through our picture we are able to ascend into the real world.

A ray of light from a window gives us hope that even the classic tones of black and white photography can benefit from the application of these dark and light contrasts.