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Tone mapping has been a well-respected artistic tool at least since Ansel Adam's book "The Print" -- but it required a set of darkroom techniques that were difficult to master. Now tone mapping is possible in-camera using contrast and exposure settings, shadow adjustment, etc. Image editing software on a computer allows even more complex transformations: HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing, levels adjustments, retinex, dodge/burn, etc. The challenge here is to use tone mapping to make a photograph express your artistic vision rather than what the camera literally saw.
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Thursday, 18th June, 2009 (GMT)
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A simple photo of a dead and dried yellow rose. I noticed that there were subtle color changes in the rose, but it really looked like a bland yellowish off-white as captured. A little tone mapping to increase the contrast in the bright area brought out these rich, metallic, colors.
|Submitted:||Thursday, 7th May, 2009 22:42 (GMT)|
|Focal length:||19.1 mm|
|Shutter speed:||1/100 sec|
|Notes:||Taken with flash (which is why the background is so dark). Tone mapped by level adjustments in GIMP.|
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