Examples of Low Key Lighting

Low-key lighting is a style of lighting for photography, film or television. It is a necessary element in creating a chiaroscuro effect. Traditional photographic lighting, three-point lighting uses a key light, a fill light, and a back light for illumination. Low-key lighting often uses only one key light, optionally controlled with a fill light or a simple reflector.

Low key light accentuates the contours of the subject by throwing areas into shade while a fill light or reflector may illuminate the shadow areas to control contrast. The relative strength of key-to-fill, known as the lighting ratio, can be measured using a light meter. Low key lighting has a higher lighting ratio, e.g., 8:1, than high-key lighting, which can approach 1:1.

The term “low key” is used in cinematography and photography to refer to any scene with a high lighting ratio, especially if there is a predominance of shadowy areas. It tends to heighten the sense of alienation felt by the viewer, hence is commonly used in film noir and horror genres.

In film, low-key lighting is associated with German Expressionism and later film noir.

Examples of low key black and white photography by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding

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Artists recognized the power of low key lighting long before photographers came around. Painters during the Renaissance and Baroque periods often used a technique known as “chiaroscuro” to achieve a similar dramatic tone for their images. Chiaroscuro comes from the Italian “chiaro” meaning clear/light and “oscuro” meaning obscure/dark.

Chiaroscuro was used not only for drama but also to bring realism to a painting. The varied lighting creates a sense of three dimensional depth that can be quite stunning.

Dark deep shadows and bright highlights require careful lighting techniques, exposure and intense post processing skills to achieve the dramatic look of low key photography.

 

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Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography Framed Print

Vintage Typewriter Print for sale
Vintage Typewriter Print for sale

Available as a print rolled in a tube for custom local framing or framed by our experts in one of hundreds of framing and matting combinations or as a canvas, acrylic, metal or wood print, “Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography” by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding makes a stunning statement in your home or office.

Bring your print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our framed prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.
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The concept of a typewriter dates back at least to 1714, when Englishman Henry Mill filed a vaguely-worded patent for “an artificial machine or method for the impressing or transcribing of letters singly or progressively one after another.”

But the first typewriter proven to have worked was built by the Italian Pellegrino Turri in 1808 for his blind friend Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano; unfortunately, we do not know what the machine looked like, but we do have specimens of letters written by the Countess on it. (For details, see Michael Adler’s excellent 1973 book The Writing Machine. Carey Wallace’s 2010 novel The Blind Contessa’s New Machine is based on the relationship between the Countess and Turri.)

Typewriters of this type were the word processors of the day and were found in every office and every up scale home. Today some writers and novelists still prefer to type out their books and letters using these reliable old mechanical machines with keys and ribbons of ink.

The photograph by Edward M. Fielding gives this old workhouse plenty of drama and weight using low key photography techniques in the studio.

Low-key lighting is a style of lighting for photography, film or television. It is a necessary element in creating a chiaroscuro effect. Low key light accentuates the contours of the subject by throwing areas into shade while a fill light or reflector may illuminate the shadow areas to control contrast.

Decorate With Black And White Photographs

Decorate With Black And White Photographs
Decorate With Black And White Photographs

Photography has only been around for 150 years or so but is seems like there is an age-old fascination with photographs, contemporary residences and semi-minimalist trends.  A wall of smartly framed black and white photographs can create a contemporary, modern look.   Adorning our walls with prints and photographs, especially if they are cohesive with the same monochromatic color scheme can take decorating with black and white photography to new  new heights thanks to improved cameras and the growing inclination to use neutral colors and muted tones.

Decorate with black and white photography
Decorate with black and white photography

Fine are photography from artists such has Edward M. Fielding  have never been easier to obtain and the size of prints possible from modern cameras allow for room dominating, sofa sized prints to be created.

In the past 35 mm prints started to look grainy in larger sizes and maxed out when they were enlarged to anything over an 11 x 14 but new digital prints look great in huge sizes on paper, canvas or metal prints.

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Black and white photography says smart, sophisticated, modern despite being around for the longest.  Color photography still seems to suggest family snapshot if its not displayed correctly while with black and white photography its easier to create a wall of images that look like they belong together.

Sleek an stylish black and white photography.
Sleek an stylish black and white photography.

With home owners and designers sticking to backdrops in warm earthen shades of cool muted tones, an image in color can often disturb the flowing form. Black and white photographs add uniqueness, depth, character and style to walls without upsetting the color scheme of the room.

Black and white images appear to be more timeless than color images.  Removing the color makes it more difficult to put an exact date on a photo. A lack of color in a photograph often accentuates the light and shadows.

Many fine art photographers prefer black and white images for their tendency to distance the subject matter from reality. Humans see the world in color, and a rendition of the world in monochrome makes us pause and look closely. Removing color from a picture helps the viewer to focus on a subject’s emotional state.

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A wall of black and white photography in matching frames can make a stunning wall display but with color photography it can be difficult to mix and match different images, unless they all have a similar theme and post processing look such as this faded vintage style farm themed photographs by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.

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With color photography a more likely success will be with a single large print taking up a good portion of a wall. Make the print a show piece of the room. Large prints make a great impact especially frame-less, floating on the wall as a canvas or metal print.

Matching your room colors to a landscape photograph
Matching your room colors to a landscape photograph

Metal prints in particular are very modern and have an amazing 3D quality if lit properly as the light enters the print and then is reflected back from the metalic backing. The results are very striking with highly saturated colors that pop. Metal prints are best when paired with a saturated type of image.

Amazing artwork for your home!
Amazing artwork for your home!

The colorful fall foliage watercolor by Edward M. Fielding shown above brings a needed splash of color to this other wise monochromatic decor of whites and off whites.  The whole room comes alive with this new focal point which creates a window to nature whether you are in the middle of a city or simply in a room that could use another window.

The easiest mistake to make is buying an image that is too small for the space.  Don’t be afraid to go big and go bold.  Few people ever say they should have purchased a smaller image.

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Fall foliage photography taken around New Hampshire, Vermont and New England by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding and is available in all sizes from greeting card to sofa sized prints – framed, canvas, metal, wood and more available at http://www.edwardfielding.com

Farmhouse Revival

The American farmhouse represents integrity, ingenuity, self-reliance, and agricultural heritage. Today, the farmhouse is a rare survivor from another era that can be found sensitively reinterpreted by artists, carefully preserved by original owners, or functionally maintained by farm-to-table artisanal food producers. In more than 200 stunning images, Steve Gross and Sue Daley have painstakingly photographed 20 of the most beautifully preserved farmhouses in the northeast. Some are working farmhouses that have been passed down in families for generations; some have been made productive again by a whole new generation of organic farmers. Still others have been rescued from neglect and restored to their former splendor. Each house is accompanied by an overview of the farmhouse owner and how he or she maintains the property. Fans of the farm-to-table movement as well as historic architecture and preservation will find this an intriguing and beautiful read.

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Praise for Farmhouse Revival:

“Those interested in a homey, country style of decorating or in home restoration will be inspired.” —Library Journal

“Above all, the greatest joy is just looking at the beautiful time-worn places and appreciating the way those that came before led a happy and fulfilling life of simplicity and utility within their walls. For once you have read this book, you will realize that in many ways, it is the farmhouse that helps to restore us, and not the other way around.” —Preservation.com

“Buy the book Farmhouse Revival for the photos—for inspiration . . . the authors clearly know architecture and antiques.” —Dan’s Papers

“Perusing Farmhouse Revival is a marvelous experience . . . and is sure to make readers wonder what stories the farmhouses in their towns could tell.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Getting that modern farmhouse style!

Old Red Vintage Tractors Prince Edward Island Framed Print
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Old Farmhouse in Vermont by Edward M. Fielding with barnwood frame and off white mat – customize your print here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/old-colonial-farm-house-vermont-edward-fielding.html
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10 elements of Farmhouse Style

The modern farmhouse style is hot right now! Livable, casual, friendly and with roots in the good soil, family and good home cooking, the look of the fresh modern farmhouse decor is here to stay. Born from the front porches and welcoming parlors of the classic old time farmhouses, which were actually on a farm, modern farmhouse looks can be had in large modern homes with the right elements.

The key is to bring in some detail, some rustic character and charm to our often cold, large white wall houses and apartments. A bit of history, a bit of worn surfaces and some key art elements calling back the good old days of simpler charms like a tall glass of iced tea on the front porch after a simmering hot day of chores on the back forty.

Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding – Shown as canvas print with black frame – customize yours at:   https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/old-ford-tractor-colored-pencil-edward-fielding.html
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Farmhouse Living – Rustic furnishings with plenty of hand-crafted and well worn elements as well as carefully curated pieces and artwork can bring charm and warm to the modern farmhouse style.

 

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Modern Farm House Decor Dining Room – Artwork can be both smart and modern while at the same time echoing the past like in this piece by Edward M. Fielding – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/vintage-tractor-pop-art-edward-fielding.html

Some modern farm house decor essentials:

  • planked wood floors
  • simple, sensible styling
  • glass front cabinets
  • aprons
  • barn beam anything
  • galvanized metals
  • wire baskets
  • grain sacks
  • wooden spoons
  • painted wood floors
  • open shelves
  • plate racks
  • large glass jars
  • artwork featuring barns, tractors, simple pleasures

Nothing says modern farmhouse style more than a black and white photograph of farm fresh eggs in a vintage wire egg gathering basket in a barnwood frame like this one.

Farm fresh eggs art print
Farm fresh eggs art print – more farm fresh images and photographs here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm+fresh

Books:

Opening A Touch of Farmhouse Charm is like taking a breath of fresh, clean country air. With the turn of each page, Liz Fourez leads you on a tour through her family’s house, restored to its 1940s rustic farm style, and teaches you how to make each handmade decoration yourself. The projects require minimal effort, yet add instant charm to any room. With your blue jeans on and a few of the most basic supplies in hand, you’ll be on your way to your dream home in no time.

You’ll learn how to make a custom wood Family Name Sign for your living room, a Wooden Boot Tray on Casters for the entryway, a Ruffled Stool Slipcover for the kitchen and a Rustic Wooden Frame for the bedroom, plus decorations for the office, bathroom, kids’ bedroom and playroom. Farmhouse style is about cultivating a connection among family, home and nature; A Touch of Farmhouse Charm helps you bring the warmth and beauty of simpler times to your modern life naturally.

In the third installment of their successful farmhouse-style series, designer Terry John Woods and photographer Kindra Clineff profile farmhouses in the Northeast that blend traditional and modern elements in new and interesting ways. Fans of Woods’s previous books will be delighted with the breadth of farmhouses profiled and the variety of locales, from Vermont to Maine to New Hampshire. Known for celebrating imperfections, Woods designs with intention, and his homes are places filled with warmth, texture, and light. He takes an honest approach to his subject, offering simple but beautiful ideas that will transform the home. Pairing the clean lines and industrial feel of modern design with the rustic, hand-forged, and natural elements of more traditional design allows Woods to explore contrast and space in a way that has never been seen before.


Come along on the hunt to coveted country sources and the best secret antiquing spots, and learn how to create country farmhouse style in your city dwelling. Author Kim Leggett is the creator of City Farmhouse, an interior design business, pop-up antiquing fairs, and vintage store. She is also a legendary “picker” and favorite designer to celebrity clients (and country-style mavens) including Meg Ryan, Ralph Lauren, Sheryl Crow, and Philip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town. In City Farmhouse Style, Leggett offers great style advice, breaking down the design vocabulary that makes for fresh country style (no matter the setting).

The popularity of farmhouse style has designers, home­owners, and fans in search of inspiration to create this look in all its rural glory. City Farmhouse Style is the first design book of its kind to focus entirely on transforming urban interiors with unfussy, welcoming, country-style decor.

Recently Sold: Old Ford Tractor Colored Pencil

My neighbor on Hayfield Road in Etna, New Hampshire, part of Hanover home of Dartmouth College, has this beautiful old red New England dairy barn which we walk the dog by nearly every single day. He used to have a couple of beef cows so we always call this walk – the trip to the cow. The dog understands.

Anyway he also occasionally brings out his cute vintage Ford tractor with its blue and white paint scheme and rounded styling. It really is cute. If any tractor was going to star in a Pixels “Cars” movie, this one would be it.

Recently a large canvas of this image was purchased and is going to Washington, DC.

Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding

Old Ford Tractor Colored Pencil

Image Size: 24.000″ x 19.250″

Total Size: 24.25″ x 19.5″

Print Material: Matte Finish Canvas

Frame: 718BLK – Metal Canvas Floater – Black – 718 Profil (718BLK)

Finishing: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas Print – 1.5″ Stretcher Bars – Black Sides

 

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Cool Art T-shirts

Besides fine art photography prints, canvas, framed artwork. metal prints and other wall art choices, we also have designs intended for t-shirts and other products such as tote bags.

See the entire line of artwork intended for tees (but can be purchase as wall art and on other products such as throw pillows, tote bags, phone cases, towels and more).  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/tee

Here are a few of the recently purchase t-shirt designs in the collection.

sold a Men's T-Shirt (Regular Fit) - Carolina Blue - Large of Vintage Planet Tee Blue to a buyer from Chapel Hill, NC.
Recently sold a Men’s T-Shirt (Regular Fit) – Carolina Blue – Large of Vintage Planet Tee Blue to a buyer from Chapel Hill, NC.
Recently  sold a Men's Premium T-Shirt - Mocha Heather - Medium of Beer Lovers Tee to a buyer from Tekirdag, TURKIYE - Turkey.
Recently sold a Men’s Premium T-Shirt – Mocha Heather – Medium of Beer Lovers Tee to a buyer from Tekirdag, TURKIYE – Turkey.
Recently sold a Toddler T-Shirt - Black - Medium (3T) of Three Guitars Modern Tee to a buyer from Sebring, FL.
Recently sold a Toddler T-Shirt – Black – Medium (3T) of Three Guitars Modern Tee to a buyer from Sebring, FL.

T-shirts can be purchased in a variety of colors and sizes from Toddler to Adult as well as a variety of styles.

Black and white themed office work spaces

Get the Look: Monochromatic Style

Black furniture, grey walls and white matted black and white photographs makes for a stylish home office

Black and white themed office

Black and white themed office with smart, museum quality framed black and white artwork and photography.

Black can be dull and white can be boring, but the classic combination is a timeless duo that is fashionable, stylish and always chic. What better way to adorn your home office than with a bout of sophistication and class?

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Contemporary home office in black and white – notice the handsomely framed and matted black and white photography.

TV set designers know that black and white photography says modern and sophistication.   You’ll see TV characters in hip urban apartments and homes adorned with classic black and white photography.  Black and white photography says smart and modern without distracting.

Contemporary home office in black and white
Contemporary home office in black and white with framed black and white photographs.

Framing with classic white mats and black frames gives a cohesive look to a wall of black and white photographs.  Either in collage arrangements or formal, organized groupings.  Frames can be spaced apart as above or tightly displayed.  It just depends on how many photographs you want to display and how much wall color you want to allow thought the arrangement.

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Contemporary home office in black and white – Tightly space black and white photography collection smartly uses the space under the stairs, for a home office.

Suggested fine art photographs from the gallery of Edward M. Fielding:

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More black and white photography – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/photographs/black

Do gimmicks, coupons, sales and other offers sell artwork?

I’m suspect about coupons, sales, and other gimmicks to sell artwork.  To me a bin of scratch and dent limited time special deals direct from China artwork has its purpose – for example when you need something cheap throw up on house your flipping, to decor a dorm room for eight months, or cover up a whole in the wall in the trailer where you ducked your drunken spouse’s punch.

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Black velvet Elvis’s and sofa sized stylized cougars might look fine next to the Courvoisier bottle in Leon Phelps “The Ladies Man” bachelor pad…

…but I think the average home owner is looking for a bit more class than something selected by the product buyers at Walmart or CVS. Seriously the buyer who source the $5 king sized bottle of pickles one day and old Granny underwear the next are not exactly the “art consultants” I want picking out my art collection.

The worse nightmare of anyone hanging Ikea art or any other mass purchase, mass retailed artwork in their home is a guest commenting on it. “Oh my son just bought that for his dorm room. Did you pay $19? If you paid more than $19 for it you were ripped off. Don’t you just love Ikea? So cheap.”

Personally I like to be surprised when I enter someone’s home. I like to see some originality, some sense of personal style. The worst is being able to recognize the source of every piece of furniture and every fixture. Yup, saw that sink and faucet at Home Depot displayed right next to that tile. Oh there is that Pier One mirror. I wondered if anyone would buy that.

Hard to be original when you are shopping in mass market retailers. Especially with artwork when local art can be purchased so easily with a little more effort an often at prices not much more than buying mass produced “fake” art from China.

A row of paintings in a Chinese oil painting factory. The McDonalds of the Art World The others are selling more paintings at lower prices -- like Huang's former pupil Wu Ruiqiu. His business
A row of paintings in a Chinese oil painting factory. The McDonalds of the Art World
The others are selling more paintings at lower prices — like Huang’s former pupil Wu Ruiqiu. His business “Shenzhen Artlover” ships 300,000 paintings a year and is one of Dafen’s model companies. The businessman is dreaming of industrial mass production, complete with assembly lines. The creation of every painting would be divided into standardized production stages. Ruiqiu wants to “get into the business of oil paintings the way McDonalds got into the business of fast food.” By the end of the year, he wants to have set up an art school for training talented new painters — even if mass production doesn’t require all that much talent.

Makes stop and think about the quality experience you surround yourself in your home and how your present your home to other.  Would you serve McDonald’s hamburgers at home to your family and guests?  Come on over folks, I’ve perfected the cheapest way to feed you and while you are here, check out my collection of barging basement art knock offs.