The Holy Grail - Low Key Dark Photography

by Laurie Madsen March. 19, 2019 826 views
Low Key Dark Photos The Holy Grail

Low Key Dark Photos The Holy Grail

Low Key Dark Photos The Holy Grail

Low Key Dark Photos The Holy Grail

Low Key Dark Photos The Holy Grail

Low Key Dark Photos The Holy Grail

This series is of a figure on a very old cast iron clock in my collection. It depicts "The Holy Grail" and the clock is one unique work of art. I chose this subject because it's interesting and also because I think of Low Key Photography as "The Holy Grail" of imaging-using your camera's settings to manipulate the light.

I took these in the same ray of light streaming in the window, with no special set-up, I just used camera settings and spot metering to transform the scene from daylight to dark.

I had the camera set to 16:9 aspect ratio, hence the taller than normal images.

I hope these "Dark Photography" images inspire others to "give it a whirl" if they haven't done so already.

Have FUN!

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Jolien Dekens 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice series! I appreciate you telling how you got the dark look, interesting that it's all in the settings.
I think I'm gonna give it a try one of these days ^^

I like #1 the most, the green contrasts nice against the black background :)

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

I am torn in between #1 or #2 I like them both . Not that #3 is not good but the first 2 are my favorites of this series.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Russell!
That's what is so neat about photography, we can easily achieve several looks of the same objects!
I appreciate your input!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 2 months ago

#1 makes it for me. The shadows and the colors are perfect.  I am always pulled towards low key.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Camellia!
I appreciate you taking  the time to tell  me what you like about it!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 2 months ago

Well done Laurie. My fav is #1

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Antonio!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

I go with #3. Overall the darker picture also in mood and it is softer.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Peter!
I value your input! I too love #3!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

Brilliant series! Thank You!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Jay!
It is my pleasure to share! Glad you enjoy them!smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 2 months ago

Your Work=My Pleasure!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

THANKS JAY!smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 2 months ago

THANK YOU!!!smile+1

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Bob Rosenberg 2 years, 2 months ago

You're working in an area that I am unfamiliar with - darkness like that.  One thing  in your description that I'd love to see, however, is the clock.  Perhaps even the entire figure - it sounds like you've got a very interesting collection.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Bob Rosenberg 2 years, 2 months ago

Glad to hear your input.
I will take a series of the whole clock and post it for you.
I probably won't get to it right away, but you can watch for it.
I do have a pretty neat clock collection.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Bob Rosenberg Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 2 months ago

OK, that's a deal.  Since I'm following you, I get an email whenever you post something.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Bob Rosenberg 2 years, 2 months ago

oksmile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
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