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I am so grateful that I found your fascinating writing via google and contre-jour lighting!
In a contre-jour situation, it helps to keep those light bits crisp, and then let the shadowed areas——such as the areas around the wheels and the base of the car——relatively soft and out-of-focus.
But now rehabilitation is complete and we see Sargent as an exultant master of characterisation and empathy, of colour and light, of shadow and the contre-jour effect (the subject seen against the light), and of the fat substantial paint to which the word painterly properly belongs.
That all Sargent's sketches for his company of fisherwomen conform to the same contre-jour effect, the shadows falling forward at the same angle, suggests that they were made on successive days at the same hour; this in turn suggests that they were posed and painted to conform with a composition already in Sargent's mind rather than by one reached by juggling the sketches to see how they might best fit.
Not exactly hidden but I didn't dare using the flash, hence the contre-jour ..
Subsurface scattering is what makes a person’s ears turn crimson when they stand contre-jour.
We’re both wearing dark shirts to cut down on glare in a contre-jour view.
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