• Lake Michigan shoreline
  • taken from about 20 feet above water

Low tonal resolution (LTR): Light on water

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This is an example of the type of post-processing I sometimes do... I drop brightness and exposure way down which compacts the tonal resolution artificially, and then adjust light levels accordingly. This reduction of the number of tones in the image can produce nice drama in scenes with light/dark contrasts. At the extreme, you could have a monotone (pure black and pure white); the image above probably contains about 10 or 15 tones. (Note: In the original post I called this "Low Dynamic Range"; I believe "Low Tonal Resolution" is more accurate.) (Explore)

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  1. usbdevice 81 months ago | reply

    Love your LDR technique!

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

  2. i_still_believe_in_u 81 months ago | reply

    light && water, a perpetual pleasure!
    hope all is beautiful my friend!

  3. ergunk57 81 months ago | reply

    very nıce........

  4. AnnuskA - AnnA Theodora 81 months ago | reply

    beautiful golden tones! ;)

  5. Chuck Wester [deleted] 81 months ago | reply


    Wonderful photo!

  6. Mark Birkle 81 months ago | reply

    Kevin, I appreciate your innovative ways. I rarely move my photos in the direction towards less color, less brightness.

    I use Photofiltre as my photo editing utility. I assume that you use Photoshop, Lightroom, or CS3. Photofiltre is a free editing tool with about 1/2 of the functionality of Photoshop. I find Photoshop so cryptic that I often sit down to make a minor change and two frustrating hours later, I still have not got it. Photofiltre gives me all the basics in a more intuitive package.

    You are almost B&W here...kind of sepia. Explain the tonal range that you have discussed.

  7. ~lala~(Lisa) 81 months ago | reply

    Beautiful light on the water...love the ripples...great capture, Kevin.

  8. seattlec2 81 months ago | reply

    wonderful light on water...really great shot!

  9. sREe inspired. [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

    excellent shot..creative

  10. LukeOlsen 81 months ago | reply

    Your LDR looks nice!

  11. ifedorovskaya 81 months ago | reply

    like a liquid gold! fantastic light!

  12. reflets de vert 81 months ago | reply

    This makes good relief... like stone!

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  14. Vali... 81 months ago | reply

    Its just wonderfull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I saw you were very busy over the weekend!!

  15. coolmonfrere 81 months ago | reply

    Yes I really start to appreciate extreme highlights and lowlights.

  16. Malage21 81 months ago | reply

    me gustan los brillos!!! MJ

  17. ouistitis 50 months ago | reply

    Nice little wave !

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