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    Simultaneous Contrast

    One of the primary reasons why it's impossible to have any absolute answers in photography is us. And I'm not just talking about personal taste but how our mind perceives tones. Take for example simultaneous contrast. You can define what the reflection density values should be, but as soon as they come together all jumbled up in a print, it can be a completely different ballgame.

    The attachment has a fun example of simultaneous contrast. The background is a gradient. On top is a bar of a single tone of 50% gray.
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    Nice example.

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    Thanks for the pic. I agree. Our perceptions of tonal relativity are perhaps the most important visual elements to be able to visualize and manipulate. IMHO, the most important aspect of manipulating them is composition – something that has nothing to do with tonality directly.
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    This reminds me of Joseph Alber's lesson of color. Thanks!

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    That's just scary.



 

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