Weekend Photography Challenge #472 Tonal Values

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    • #430468
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Try to look for a full dynamic range in your photos, think about the tones, or tonal value of your image.
      Commonly Black/White, but not necessarily, can also be duotone or split tone.

      What Is Dynamic Range (And How To Use It For Better Photos) by JasenkaG
      https://www.google.com/url?client=internal-element-cse&cx=003720961867340091376:bpujkfgviau&q=https://www.lightstalking.com/what-is-dynamic-range/&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwibtcOwqLDnAhWvyYUKHdaJCpUQFjAHegQIABAC&usg=AOvVaw1ASniTA6TwJvDbZZB-zlVq

      When Learning to Shoot in Black and White, You Can’t Just Guess. by Dahlia Ambrose
      https://www.google.com/url?client=internal-element-cse&cx=003720961867340091376:bpujkfgviau&q=https://www.lightstalking.com/shoot-in-black-and-white/&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjE3_bKqLDnAhVPyYUKHX5bAfkQFjADegQIBxAC&usg=AOvVaw1_zozcYjDhLw-I2h7btwvc

      What Is Dynamic Range And Why Is It Important? by Jason Row
      https://www.google.com/url?client=internal-element-cse&cx=003720961867340091376:bpujkfgviau&q=https://www.lightstalking.com/dynamic-range-important/&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjlmtrtqLDnAhWHVBUIHef4CrsQFjADegQICBAC&usg=AOvVaw0RqwLpsHFNhM7lqx8KVlE9

      Low Key Photography for Beginners – Enter the Dark Side. by JasenkaG
      https://www.google.com/url?client=internal-element-cse&cx=003720961867340091376:bpujkfgviau&q=https://www.lightstalking.com/low-key-photography/&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwil0oSKqbDnAhW9SBUIHUpEAEEQFjAJegQIBhAC&usg=AOvVaw1nh8Dc6OHPvZ5BUIOyhV3m

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    • #430473
      Patrick
      Participant

      Thanks very Much Tersha , i am dog sitting until this evening so i need to post one from 2019.

      • #430482
        Pat Garrett
        Participant

        @P71 Very dramatic with a feel of desolation and endurance. Looks as if that tree has withstood many adverse winds and storms, Patrick..

        • #430498
          Patrick
          Participant

          Still standing 😉 Thank you Pat ..

          Standing alone my senses reeled
          A fatal attraction is holding me fast how
          How can I escape this irresistible grasp

          PINK FLOYD – Learning To Fly

          • #430512
            LeanneC
            Participant

            Love the song and the image, Patrick!

        • #430536
          Bobbie
          Participant

          Pat expressed exactly the feeling your image gave me Patrick. Nice work.

          • #430547
            Patrick
            Participant

            Hi Leanne and bobbie , thanks very much for your comments guys really glad you like it cheers ;).

             

             

      • #430552
        John Teate
        Participant

        I agree with everyone, dramatic desolation.  Great composition with the storm clouds, tree and road leading you away.

        • #430667
          Patrick
          Participant

          Much appreciated John 😉

      • #430836
        davidc
        Participant

        Good one P71. Reminds me of a still from an old film. 🙂

        • #430876
          Patrick
          Participant

          Thanks very much David 😉

    • #430484
      John Thompson
      Moderator

      Here is one of my favorite shots in b&w.  It is an old film shot from the Netherlands.

       

      • #430511
        LeanneC
        Participant

        This is lovely, John. I love the light and leaves along the path that pull you in.

        • #430517
          John Thompson
          Moderator

          It is actually an algae covered canal with autumn leaves on top of it.  I took this in Maastricht close to the Belgian border in southern Nederlands.

          • #430524
            LeanneC
            Participant

            Now that you say that, I can see a small bridge over it in the distance. Still love the lines and spots of light. Nice image.

      • #430553
        John Teate
        Participant

        Very nice range of tones for sure and interesting texture.  Really like this image.

      • #430837
        davidc
        Participant

        The light on the water makes it look like a path to walk along. Great shot John. Is the canal silted up or just covered with leaves?

        • #430853
          John Thompson
          Moderator

          It is just covered with algae and leaves. The algae is common giving many of the small bodies of water a green top layer.

    • #430485
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Our cat Ditzy.

      • #430510
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Looking more serious than ditzy there, Dave!

      • #430554
        John Teate
        Participant

        Love our animals!  Has that grumpy feline feel 🙂  Well done!

      • #430559
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        I don’t think he appreciated me inching closer and closer until I was right in his face. He forgave me though.  🙂

      • #430838
        davidc
        Participant

        He is planing how to eat you there, Dave!

        • #430843
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          🙂  Luckily he was content to just lie there in my wife’s lap instead of attacking. 🙂

    • #430488
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Columbia Icefield from 2015. Haven’t done much b&w lately.

      Rob Eyers-3563_Columbia Icefield_b&w.jpg

      • #430509
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Nice Rob! I love this view. Looking forward to heading back that way…maybe this coming summer!

      • #430839
        davidc
        Participant

        On Flickr i can taste the cold air. This is a beautiful place.

    • #430508
      LeanneC
      Participant

      This is one of my favourites for tonal range…

      Proud Beacon

      Proud Beacon in b&w

      And a more recent black and white double exposure with decent tonal range…

      Apparitions

      Appartitions

      • #430555
        John Teate
        Participant

        Wow love the lighthouse and the range of tones is great.  Double exposure is very interesting as you try to take it apart.  Nice images.

      • #430560
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Fantastic lighthouse shot. Wonderful tonal range. The two people on either side of the image is a great additional element. A wall hanger for sure.

        • #430982
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Thanks Dave. I have wanted lighthouse on the wall for awhile now. I may just have to do it!

      • #430590
        Mistyisle
        Participant

        Noticed your lighthouse particularly yesterday, Leanne. Liked it very much yesterday and still do today. Great range of tonal values!

        (Ah, finally got here, wanted to try to comment yesterday and have now learned the trick).

        • #430983
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Thank you Jim!

          Glad you figured out the “trick” to posting (and nesting).

      • #430595
        Preston
        Participant

        You hit my soft spot for lighthouses Leanne!  I love how you kept the detail in the shadows on what appears to be an extremely bright day

        • #430984
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Thanks Preston (I totally agree about the lighthouses)!

      • #430932
        davidc
        Participant

        Double exposure is very cool. The lighthouse looks so crisp and clean. These are great Leanne.

        • #430985
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Thank you David! 🙂

    • #430518
      John Thompson
      Moderator

      Here is one more that has great tonal range I think.  It is a canal house in Brugge.

      • #430535
        Bobbie
        Participant

        Very interesting John. This is so sharp that it looks like a pen and ink drawing.

        • #430587
          John Thompson
          Moderator

          That is one of the things I like about this image.  That and remembering when I took it.  I have been to Brugge many times and always loved every minute.

      • #430596
        Preston
        Participant

        The sharpness is outstanding John!  Is this another b&w on film or digital?

        • #430648
          John Thompson
          Moderator

          This is from my first digital camera.  It was a 10mp point and shoot purchased about 2005.

      • #430691
        Patrick
        Participant

        This is so beautiful john ,real fine photo you made mate ,  i can just imagine this building in the 1800’s with a small rowing boat and with small glowing lantern on it , tied up outside that small arch doorway … with a dab of a mist ;).

         

      • #430934
        davidc
        Participant

        I have walked along there John. Great memories. Just a pity my photos didn’t turnout like yours. Great shot John.

      • #430940
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Your Photo was recognized in the Members Picks Week of February 3rd Forum  ⬅ Click Here

      • #430986
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Everyone has said it but it bears repeating. Fabulous image, John!

    • #430521
      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Wow, John, such marvellous detail.  Looks a place that I would love to visit!  🙂

    • #430522
      Mistyisle
      Participant

      I love black and white.  Here are my three most recent efforts.  Pretty sure the first two qualify ….  and the third?

      • #430538
        Bobbie
        Participant

        Jim, 3 very different images creating 3 very different atmospheres. I like them all!

        In addition, I think I can learn a lot technically from all 3. Thanks so much.

        • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 4 days ago by Bobbie. Reason: wrong name
      • #430987
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Love all three, Jim! All demonstrate a great range of tone but they are also strong images each in their own way. The expression on the loggers face is intense.

      • #431023
        davidc
        Participant

        Three very good shots Mistyisle. All very different. The logger is so full of action. 🙂

    • #430527
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Sourdough Peak

      • #431024
        davidc
        Participant

        Like the tint on this one Robert, adds to the scene.

    • #430529
      Charmaine Joubert
      Participant

      An alert lion.

      • #430539
        Bobbie
        Participant

        The sharpness and the range you manage to get is astounding Charmaine.

      • #430548
        Patrick
        Participant

        Majestic , an absolutely beautiful portrait … Who’s The Daddy …  class work Charmaine.

      • #430556
        John Teate
        Participant

        Lovely cat. Very wonderful image.

      • #430597
        Preston
        Participant

        You never cease to amaze, Charmaine!  Such a regal portrait.

      • #431025
        davidc
        Participant

        As Bobbie said “astounding” Charmaine.

    • #430530
      Charmaine Joubert
      Participant

      Playing around with composites.

      • #430861
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Wonderfully sharp, and yet dreamy Charmaine, it works really well!

      • #430941
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Your Photo was recognized in the Members Picks Week of February 3rd Forum  ⬅ Click Here

      • #430988
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Love the surreal feel of this one Charmaine. Awesome work!

      • #431026
        davidc
        Participant

        Dreamy indeed. 🙂

      • #431104
        Tom M
        Participant

        Maybe this doesn’t quite fit in, but what the heck…

    • #430533
      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Both great, Charmaine. The lion looks majestic and the detail is marvellous!

    • #430540
      Bobbie
      Participant

      Tonal range is a subject I know almost nothing about. I’ve read about it but don’t “know” it so here’s a first try (editing an older image). I don’t even know enough to figure out if I’m headed in the right direction or totally off on a side road.

      • #430557
        John Teate
        Participant

        Nice image!  Not a tonal expert myself but I think you nailed a very good range with this.  Love the young lady’s pose at the end of the line, really adds feeling to this image.

        • #430637
          Bobbie
          Participant

          Thanks for your comment John. The girl is what made the image for me.

      • #430717
        Mistyisle
        Participant

        I thought that I had a pretty good eye for events, Bobbie, but feel sure that I would have missed this one, which would have been a pity. Tells a story, plus importantly, it has a good range of tonal values. Well seen and produced!

        • #430899
          Bobbie
          Participant

          Thanks so much for your comments Jim. You DO have a good eye – we’ve seen that over and over!

      • #431027
        davidc
        Participant

        Like this one Bobbie. Street with tone. I think the little girl is the image. Saw the line and the van first then the girl hits you. Great capture.

    • #430558
      John Teate
      Participant

      Contemplative

      Contemplative

      • #430561
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Terrific! Lighting and composition spot on. Your model deserves a scratch behind the ears for posing so nicely. 🙂

      • #430594
        Preston
        Participant

        I agree with Dave completely!  Give that pup a scratch.  This is a beautiful portrait John.  I don’t think you could have done it any better

        • #430620
          John Teate
          Participant

          Thanks Dave and Preston for your kind words!  Nikita is my princess and she gets a lot of love for putting up with me and my camera. 😉

      • #430639
        Bobbie
        Participant

        I have to agree with Preston & Dave, John. This is a beautiful portrait. You’re both lucky to have each other.

      • #430693
        Patrick
        Participant

        I think you both deserve a scratch behind the ear , lovely photo John.

        • #430753
          John Teate
          Participant

          lol much appreciated thanks

      • #431028
        davidc
        Participant

        Simply a beautiful image.

      • #431179
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Your Photo was recognized in the Members Picks Week of February 3rd Forum  ⬅ Click Here

    • #430566
      Andre P.
      Participant

      Inside a church. Baroque style.

      • #430593
        Preston
        Participant

        Marvelous detail Andre! I feel as if I’m standing in the vestibule.

      • #430621
        John Teate
        Participant

        Super nice image.  Like the framing and detail.  Great image!

      • #430695
        Patrick
        Participant

        I like this a lot , great work Andre.

    • #430567
      Andre P.
      Participant

      Very different. But with a lot of tonal values.

    • #430577
      Click
      Participant

      Wreckriem

      Tonal Value

      • This reply was modified 3 weeks ago by Click.
    • #430585
      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      So many different examples posted. Not sure if I “got it”. Read the articles etc.  I have passed this tractor many times – it is on a public road and next to a farm house and barn that have been converted into an event center.  The tractor always looks “lonely”. It is one of those “some day I’ll stop” promises. Yesterday, after 2 years of “some day”, I stopped.

      “Waiting Out the Winter”

      • #430598
        Preston
        Participant

        I’m glad you finally stopped Pat.  I’m no expert in the tonal range category, but you nailed the feel of the picture.  That tractor could use a cow to to keep it company.

      • #430622
        John Teate
        Participant

        Lonely and sad waiting on spring.  Very cool image with a lot of feeling.

      • #430698
        Patrick
        Participant

        Nice stop and photo Pat , well worth it .. looks like the tree has an outstretched branch /arm to cover the tractor .. waiting on new leaf 😉

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        • #430727
          Pat Garrett
          Participant

          Thanks, Patrick. Old tree, old tractor. I too liked the way the branches seemed to cradle it.

    • #430592
      Preston
      Participant

      What are you looking at?

      • #430623
        John Teate
        Participant

        Love those fur babies!  With its pupils dilated I’m guessing it has some reaction in mind for you 🙂  Nice portrait.

      • #430692
        Preston
        Participant

        Thanks for the comments Pat and John.  Much like Dave said about his cat,  she gets more annoyed the closer I creep.  Except her defense is putting a nose print on my lens.

        • #430845
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Too funny. I haven’t had to deal with nose prints yet. 🙂

      • #431029
        davidc
        Participant

        You can never have enough cat photos. Good one Preston

    • #430599
      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. And what serious kitty face you posted.

    • #430634
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Sydney City

      • #430694
        Preston
        Participant

        Lovely cityscape Graham. It really captures the hustle and bustle in my opinion.

      • #430700
        Patrick
        Participant

        Lovely Tonal Range graham , great to see your photo here you have been missed.

        • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 6 days ago by Patrick.
    • #430674
      davidc
      Participant

      The Adventure

      adventure in the heart(8)

      • #430697
        Preston
        Participant

        Looks like a precious moment David!  There’s definitely some wonderment in those eyes

        • #430834
          davidc
          Participant

          It was a great moment. The trouble is i couldn’t find my phone for a while after that.

           

      • #430728
        Pat Garrett
        Participant

        Cute little peek a boo face, David.

        • #430835
          davidc
          Participant

          Thanks Pat. It seems harder having grand kids the your own.

    • #430678
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Vintage car …

      vintage car

      • #430696
        Preston
        Participant

        Nice sepia treatment Diane.  It really gives the vintage feel

      • #430726
        Pat Garrett
        Participant

        Ready for a role in a movie.

    • #430705
      Preston
      Participant

      Pat’s tractor was really tugging at my heartstrings, so I had to give it a pal

      • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 5 days ago by Preston. Reason: Brightened the reds to bring out shadow detail
      • #430725
        Pat Garrett
        Participant

        Thanks Preston, Now it won’t be lonely any more

      • #430847
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Classic piece of machinery and beautiful barn. And a great example of what Diane was looking for this week in my opinion.

        • #430881
          Preston
          Participant

          Thanks Dave.  It was the one day last year we had blue skies and puffy white clouds.  I posted a color version a while ago, but the b&w is really growing on me

    • #430721
      Patrick
      Participant

      The house was built in 1859 to the design of Thomas Jackson. In 1959 Lady Dixon gave the property to Belfast City Council, who opened it to the public as the Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

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      • #430729
        Pat Garrett
        Participant

        Visited London and Wales once and this very same type of view from our windows I found fascinating.

      • #430754
        John Teate
        Participant

        My first thought was “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins!  Nice image and interesting to the eye.

        • #430848
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks John. Now I can’t get that song out of my head and Carol wants to watch the movie. Again. 🙂

          Also a very nice image Patrick. Your composition and shapes of the chimneys work really well together.

      • #430794
        Preston
        Participant

        The sporadic nature of the chimneys really draws me in.  It’s pleasant to look at Patrick.

        • #430875
          Patrick
          Participant

          Thanks you very much , Pat , John , Dave , Preston .. They must have a fire for every room ;).

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    • #430797
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I’m trying a new kind of genre (for me anyway) which I guess is street photography. It’s a sort of minimalist B&W with spot colour style. This is my first effort and it I think it suits the Tonal Challenge.

      • #430883
        Preston
        Participant

        The geometry contrasting the man is great.  He really looks to be contemplating something as well.  This is an effective street shot in my opinion.  The spot color treatment works for me as well.  You have a nifty 50’s (photography pun intended) vibe going on with the curvy building letters and the man’s pink shirt . Keep it up Graham!

    • #430829
      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      • #430851
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Wide range of tones. Beautiful use of branches for framing. With the mysterious foggy back ground added to model’s no nonsense expression and attire I picture a cold war era spy waiting to meet her contact out side of town. There’s a story here.

        • #430909
          JasenkaG
          Keymaster

          Thank you, Dave. I’m really happy that this image made you come up with an entire story. Incidentally, the father of this woman is a lieutenant general 🙂

      • #430874
        Patrick
        Participant

        Great portrait Jasenka , really nice work.

    • #430850
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      A nasty little bugger.

      • #430873
        Patrick
        Participant

        So nice , love it Dave.

      • #430880
        Preston
        Participant

        Gutsy picture Dave!  I hope you had a zoom lens on.  The detail in the wasp is fantastic

      • #430897
        Bobbie
        Participant

        Might be a “nasty little bugger” but the only thing he’ll bother you with in the future is the request to make some more lovely portraits of him. Great tones Dave!

      • #431030
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thank you Patrick, Preston and Bobbie. Was using a 55-300mm zoom @78mm and image cropped a little so I was not as close as it looks. I appreciate the kind words Bobbie. 🙂

    • #430862
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Playing with Argentum App on my iPhone …

      • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 4 days ago by Tersha.
    • #430871
      Holly K
      Participant

      John:  The detail on the dog is amazing!

    • #430872
      Holly K
      Participant

      U.S. Post Office built 1941

      • #430884
        Preston
        Participant

        Love the processing on this Holly.  The bit of greens you kept around the building trim are great!  It really makes me study the photo.

    • #430878
      Holly K
      Participant

      Not sure if this fits, but it has tonal range with a touch of pink

    • #430887
      Holly K
      Participant

      Thank you, Preston!

    • #430954
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      To Preston and Patrick, thanks for your comments. No matter what I do, my reply always jumps to the bottom of the page which is why I haven’t replied sooner. I thought time might heal things but alas….

      • #431009
        Preston
        Participant

        You’ve been out of the loop for a while so we’ll give you a pass.  Hit reply on the picture you want to comment.  Let your browser twitch and it’ll take you to the bottom of the thread.  Go back to where you want to comment again and hit reply again.  Then it should let your comment nest where you want it.

    • #430955
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Re: the Faraway House pic…

      Thanks for the kind words Preston. I’m really getting into this style of photography. Actually its more a style of photoshopping then anything but by knowing what I’m trying to achieve image-wise, it is making me look differently at the subject matter. Now, I look at the light and shadows more than just the scene overall when assessing whether or not a particular shot can be ‘worked over’ in PP. Might get fed up with it in time but for now it’s giving me a new set of eyes 🙂 .

      • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by Graham Hart.
    • #431103
      Tom M
      Participant

      Like this a lot Charmaine. Well done composite…

       

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