There’s a small village in our area that sits on the edge of a large lake. It was a railroad town for a bit, now mostly a lake community. I photograph around there because the lake is a nice backdrop throughout the seasons. This time I was playing around with high key B&W images and liked the way a couple of them turned out. A high key image is one where most of the tones are at or above middle grey. It’s useful to set a mood or draw focal attention to specific subjects. For these I found it opened up the shadows nicely to reveal details that might be missed by the viewer.
These are scanned images from 35mm Kodak T-Max 100 B&W film. I’m learning to home-process using Kodak’s Xtol developer, which is known for fine grain and dynamic range. So far I’m liking what it produces. Winter is a good time to practice high key because you can ignore the really white snow and cloudy skies to focus on the details and tones of just part of the image.