It’s about tonal contrast


London Embankment Skate Boarder – June 2016

A shot from our day out in London yesterday down on the Embankment, 1/8 Sec shutter speed panned, digital Lith print – note the grain is only in the shadows and mid tones. This picture works for me only because the skate boarder is wearing a dark coloured T shirt against a light toned background. Many of my pictures are light against dark, something I drum in to my clients and workshop participants. Monochrome photography is about taking and or making tonal contrast, it’s as simple as that.

It was great to meet up with two clients of mine John McCarthy and Fay Rogers for a day of looking at exhibitions and taking pictures in the capital. The east wind was bitter. The Strange and Familiar Exhibition at the Barbican is an excellent view of London by a variety of photographers from the 1930’s onwards. Miss it at your peril! See here for more info.

A special hello to Skip Smith, thanks for the encouragement my friend. We could do a great Lith Workshop between us in the US if you are up for it and there are enough interested participants. See here for Skips website and Lith great photography.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2016












4 responses to It’s about tonal contrast

  1. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    love the action and appreciate all the technical info too – thanks for the Barbican link


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