Using digital reference photography

Digital reference photography requires some kind of adjustment to give paintings more dimensionality. Digital image technology takes an infinite spectrum of light and colour and compresses that information into a smaller finite and more manageable range.

Today’s reference photo shows the mountain in the distance as similar or slightly darker than the one in front. I made a deliberate choice to make the close mountain warmer and darker and the tone of the distant one cooler and slightly lighter. It’s not what is shown in the photo, but I want to give a sense of depth, as well as light dark contrast, to the painting.

The result from Day 7 is entitled “Journey Through the Danseys Pass Kyeburn Diggings IV“. The painting is for sale.

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