Mark Boyle’s early morn­ing land­scape is a mas­ter­piece of tonal subtlety

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Leg­endary land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher Ansel Adams used pre­cise ex­po­sure, film de­vel­op­ment and print-mak­ing tech­niques to pro­duce his clas­sic im­ages of the Amer­i­can wilder­ness. But tonal subtlety is not solely the prov­ince of sil­ver-based film emul­sions, as Mark Boyle demon­strates with his beau­ti­fully- crafted black-and­white shot ti­tled ‘Pem­ber­ton Swim­ming Pool’. He started with a colour im­age but, as he puts it, “I chose black-and-white to en­hance the mood and at­mos­phere of the scene, which can of­ten be less ef­fec­tive in colour.” The key is to cap­ture the full bright­ness range of the scene when you shoot so that you have the per­fect ‘dig­i­tal neg­a­tive’ to work from.

PEM­BER­TON SWIM­MING POO L MARK BOYLE Nikon D7000, Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8, 0.6 secs, f/ 16, ISO100

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