The Stone Queen

You don’t need to be catholic to appreciate beauty in religious architecture. And that’s just what JoDee and I did along a city side street in our never-ending quest to ensnare our eyes and yours. The elegance of the carving lent itself well to a black and white image.

Chiaroscuro (literally translated “bright and dark”) is a term used to describe the amount of dark and light tones in an image. In black and white shots, having a great deal of both of these contrasting tones makes for a more dramatic picture. To achieve this, look for a subject that shows a clear contrast between light and dark. Once the picture is taken, look at the camera’s histogram to see if it shows a bias toward the right (showing a brighter image). If those two conditions are present, then the subject lends itself well to a black and white image.

Note that you can always influence your histogram’s bias easily by varying your shutter speed. Faster speeds mean a darker image, while slower speeds increase brightness.

Later on in post-processing, digital filters can be used to not only remove the colors but to increase the contrast of the image, making the chiaroscuro even more pronounced.

Image Data: ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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