Use the force: Tonal value in tint and shades

In order to further understand tone, tint and shade, I’ve been looking at photography with very distinct ranges of dark and light.  In practice, I find it much easier to use terms in order to learn, as opposed to simply learning in order to use.

In “-Eteral sunshine of the inside world-” by *Janek-Sedlar on deviantart, there is a great depth of tonal variety.  

(I had to link instead of post a copy because of the artist’s copyright on the piece, that it cannot be “reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way”.  Of course as PR practictioners, copyright is a very important issue, and I want to reflect that in this post.)

What struck me about this piece, apart from the usual CRAP principles, is its use of light and dark without actual black and white – although the foreground is dark, there is very little actual true black, mostly dark reds and muddy browns.  Similarly, the “white” seen in the background fog is in fact only light pink, repeated in the leaves.

the piece, in fact, is a duo-chrome  piece more than anything.  the pinks transition from white-pink, to petal pink, to the deep brown-y reds.  the background blue is for contrast, to have something to balance the pink out.  Although the pink itself is balanced in a tonal context, because of the ligt and dark, in a hue context, it needs another colour to complement the tone.  

Saturation is also in contrast in this piece, with high intensity pink leaves and low intensity faded blues and pinks of the background.

I think this piece works extremely effectively as an aesthetically pleasing photograph, but also as an example of very contrasting and extreme tonal differences used in such a way that they may not seem that way – they work together to create a photo that conveys serenity, depth and interest to the viewer.