Many of the B&W prints of the “Masters”
Are characterized by extreme ranges of B&W tones
Often mostly the Zone System’s bottom & top three zones
& minimal amounts of mid-tones (zones IV – VI)
In general, these extremes don’t occur naturally (rarely)
The extremes are created by dodging/burning
To match the maker’s visualization of the subject
#1 – By John Sexton (I love this image).
This image is totally dominated by blacks and whites
Less than 5% of it is made up of mid-tones (IV, V, VI)
Looks like an engraving
#2 – My poor snow-covered pine imitation (as captured)
This shows typical tonal ranges; nothing like #1
I’d bet the tones in captured version of #1 were similar
#3 – #2 after the digital equivalent of dodging & burning
Still doesn’t come close to the impact of #1
(That’s why Sexton is a master & I’m not 😉 )
I was planning to do more on this today.
Dealing with an auto dealer interfered
Yesterday I was in a dentist’s chair for 45 minutes
Almost all of it with something or other grinding away in my mouth
Of the two days, I preferred the dentist
Honestly. I’m not kidding.
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