My collection favors monochromatic images. I spent an entire day photographing streams and waterlogged trails. The water themed pictures became the subject of an impromptu photography study that delved into manual adjustments in order to create negative and positive space.
The tale of two images
The images below were taken in succession. I wanted the image to be monochrome and adjusted my camera accordingly. The black and white picture that resulted contains more detail and texture than the color version with the same camera settings.
Photo Study: Negative & Positive Space
My impromptu study focused on camera adjustments that would create negative and positive space. The focal aspects were two bodies of water. Adjustments were made so that the water would appear dark in one image and light in the other image.
Most cameras tend to meter towards a mid-tone value, in that the sensor takes a composite, or average value, of the light reflected towards the camera. Most monochromatic scenes stem from a middle gray tone or segment V. (see Image A)
Full-Tone Gray Scale
The graduated scale shows tones that range from pure black to pure white.
However, I did not want the water to have this gray value. I wanted the water to approach tones related to segment I and segment X. (see Image B) The images were either underexposed or overexposed to produce the desired effect.
The lighter image was not quite within the Segment X at +1 and the gray tone that resulted matched more closely with Segment IX. The image at +2 was washed-out and details were lost.
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