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P52-9-29 Technique: Counterpoints (Contrapoints)
Posted By: Tsukiouji, 10-05-2020, 01:30 AM

Counterpoint has a certain je ne sais qua; it’s one of those “I know it when I see it”
type of things that is hard to explain, and even harder to use effectively. Counterpoint
is loosely defined as an element of a scene that is set up in contrast to or relationship
with another element. For example, one element can be static and the other
motion-blurred, creating contrast between the two; contrast can also be achieved using
color, tone, or position. Or, the two elements can relate to one another, such as when
elements converge in a scene in a pleasing way. Counterpoint can be used to create
drama or tension in an image, or sometimes the exact opposite. Makes sense, right?


A powerful technique that was limited to landscapes in some previous Project52 years. Let's not limit ourselves and see if other fields may benefit from it too.

Photos for the Week #29 competition are to be taken between Oct 5, 2020 and Oct 11, 2020.

Rules:
1. Anyone and everyone who is interested in eligible. The goal continues to be
have fun and share comments, concepts, insights, and techniques with fellow
Pentaxians.
2. Each week will feature a Theme and Sub-concept for you to explore.
3. Post your single picture in Project 52-9 thread for the week. Explain what
motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly
theme.
4. Some post-processing is OK (adjusting white balance, exposure, color
saturation), but let's try to stay away from heavily PP'ed images here. Try to
keep the creativity to photographic techniques and the captures themselves.
5. Since this project is about technique, and not camera, shots taken by non Pentax cameras are allowed.
Cameras may be SLRs, DSLRs, Point & Shoot, Medium Format, et cetera. But no phones, please.
6. There is one “Theme Concept” labeled “black and white,” but feel free to post
black and white, sepia, monotone, etc., for any of the other themes.
7. The picture you post should be taken during the week in which the theme is
active to be eligible for judging.
8. Any picture taken from thread start date to listed closing date is acceptable.
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This sounds like juxtaposition -- maybe?
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QuoteOriginally posted by djb47 Quote
This sounds like juxtaposition -- maybe?
True, but these are not entirely synonymous. You may counter the object you're shooting with light/color background spots, or so I think.
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Alright, let's have a time extension till Oct 18.

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Alright, let's have a time extension till Oct 18.
Sorry, still struggling with this challenge. Counterpoint in photography seems to mean something different to different photographers.
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I didn't take this photo just for this challenge, but I did take it yesterday. The T-Rex skeleton is photographed from the second floor of the museum to show its height relative to human standards and there are some young children in the photo to provide counterpoints to the dinosaur in age, size and vitality.


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Mars and Moon in Opposition. Hope this fits the Contrapoint theme.

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Difficult theme. I'll go with this one, the tonal element.


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Tanks for your submissions RGlasel and Noel. I found this a tough challenge because it means several different things to different photographers but I did learn something new about composition in the process.

Good contrapoint RG on several points: big-small, old-young, fixed-mobile,etc

My pick/fav is Noel's tonal element contrapoint image though.I like its simplicity and the red reflection.

You get to judge the P52-9-30 Noel.
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Oh Dear! Thank you!
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Oh Dear! Thank you!
It's not that bad is it? Only a few of us participate. Piece of cake. :-)))
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