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June Contest: Low Key

Valentino

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Valentino Awarded for high level skills in landscape and wildlife photography Registered since 04th Dec 2004
Fri 31-May-13 05:47 PM

This months theme, selected by last months winner, Phil Pound, is Low Key.

From Phil, “LOW KEY - any photograph that is predominantly dark. The subject can be backlit, side lit, silhouettes or even front lit, but the background must be very dark. The key is metering, which may need an exposure compensation of -2 to keep the background dark and prevent your subjects highlights, if it is of light colour, from blowing out. To achieve Low Key photos bracketing exposure your shots can help, or reducing exposure in the digital darkroom. Subjects in water where the background that is reflected in the water is near black would be a good place to start. Photos which are bright or have light coloured backgrounds do not qualify - your entry must be dark, moody, and/or dramatic.

Captive subject welcome.”

Below are a few low key pictures from Phil to help inspire this theme!

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RULES:
--Post up to 7 images but only one image/post
--Include shooting info so we can learn from each other
--Previously posted images are welcome - but not previous contest winners
--When posting please do so by hitting the ‘reply’ link below this top post, not the reply link to another post.
--Include a title in the subject line
--Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens
--Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback
--WARNING posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge cannot qualify as finalists, and may or may not be removed by the moderators

The top images will be selected by the previous months winner and be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. The winning image with be added to the Wildlife Contest Winners Gallery

Good Luck
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Albert J Valentino
Nikonian Moderator Emeritus

Vantage Point Images
Mastery of Composition is the Key to Great Photography

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