The greater the contrast, the greater the potential. Great energy only comes from a correspondingly great tension of opposites.Carl Jung
Contrast must be one of the most used words in photography. Usually we are talking about the lighting conditions for an image; the contrast between the light and dark areas. Sometimes it can be hard to balance these if the contrast is great, as in my shot below.
A little post-editing helped to bring out the details of the rocks and beach in the foreground but they are still rather too dark. However they do help to create a natural frame for the view beyond.
But today, for this post for Amy’s Lens Artists challenge, I’ve decided to present some shots which illustrate contrasts of different kinds: in their subject matter. To make my job harder I’ve tried to find examples where a contrast is apparent within a single shot! However I couldn’t resist including a couple of pairs of photos.
My feature image is of trees and tree ferns in Costa Rica’s cloud forest, contrasted against a pale sky above.
There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.Charles Dickens
Light and dark: visitors at an art installations exhibition in London
Black and white: a door in Filandia, Colombia
[this is not, by the way, a black and white image!]
Morning and evening, contrasting times of day: the view from Lagarta Lodge, Costa Rica
Bright weather and stormy: the Thames at Bermondsey, late afternoon
Front and back: in the Botero Museum, Bogota, Colombia
Old and new architecture: the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago
[this is the original colour version of the monochrome edit in my Chicago in black and white post]
Old(er) and young: in the minority village of Phou Taen Khamu, Laos
Hard and soft: the Vishnu statue at Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Pokhara, Nepal, draped in silk and marigolds
Motorised and non motorised transport: on Temple Road, Udaipur
Land and sea: from a flight to Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Wet and dry: Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman
Dead and alive: flower growing on Mount Paektu, North Korea