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ELEMENTS

Contrast

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Relative difference . . . . Opposition or Juxtaposition of different forms, lines or colors in a work of art to increase intensity or presence . . . . The area in view which has the strongest definition--where the characteristics of elements are observed in a relationship or distinction one to the other [such as the striking quality of light observed in relationship to or in contrast to a darkness--opaque as that may be known in relationship to translucent--weight as it may be known distinct from lightness--clarity in its relationship to blend--etc. Also, where definition may best be appreciated in contrast to or through its relationship to indistinction, a mystery, or a blur, etc] . . . . . Striking exhibition of unlikeness . . . . . Photography: the relative difference between light and dark areas of a print or negative. . . . Having sharp Gradations of Tone, esp. between dark and light areas.

C O N S I D E R:

To Differentiate

The Relative Difference

Clarity or Sharpness

Focus

To Distinguish

In Reference to . . . . .

To Compare

Juxtaposition

Opposition

Intensity

High and low contrast

Deep and shallow contrast

Heavy and light contrast

Mild and intense contrast

More or less focus


R  E  F  E  R  E  N  C  E  S 
Contrast [(v.) < F contrast(er) < It contrastare to contest < L contr‡- CONTRA- + st‹re to stand; (n.) earlier contraste < F < It contrasto conflict < the verb] v.t. 1. to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite natures, purposes, etc., of. -v.i. 2. to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast. -n. 3. act or state of contrasting. 4. state of being contrasted. 5. a striking exhibition of unlikeness. 6. a thing or person that is strikingly unlike in comparison. 7. opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines or colors in a work of art to increase intensity. 8. Photog. the relative difference between light and dark areas of a print or negative.

Contrast adj. [of photograph] having coarse or sharp gradations of tone, esp. between dark and light areas.

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House,1968.]




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