extreme B&W

A very popular photographic technique these days is "HDR", or making photographs with high dynamic range. This enables a much wider range of tones to be captured and made visible in the photograph. I have become intrigued with making photographs which are the antithesis of HDR. These photographs, executed by creative use of a Photoshop tool, have an extremely restricted tonal range; limited to pure white and pure black. There are no grey or mid tones at all. These images are Black and White in the truest sense. Some of the images may appear to contain areas of subtle shading. These are not comprised of mid-tones of grey. Rather, tiny clusters of white dots on black, or black dots on white, can create this effect.

I find it interesting that, although there are gaps in shapes and lines created in the execution of these images, the gestalt effect enables the viewer to perceive the whole picture out of incomplete elements. Even though the identity of the original photograph may not be readily apparent (mostly if the original was an abstract), the mood or gesture often remain intact.

Many of the original photographs can be found elsewhere on this site, and you may be able to match the two versions.


TO VIEW IMAGE TITLES, ROLL THE MOUSE OVER THE THUMBNAIL. CLICK ON THE THUMBNAILS TO SEE A LARGER VIEW OF THE IMAGES. THE TITLE WILL APPEAR TO THE LEFT ABOVE THE LARGE VIEW.
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