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  • I am so grateful that I found your fascinating writing via google and contre-jour lighting!

    Lightfastness and Dyes James Gurney 2010

  • 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.

    Backlit Parked Car James Gurney 2009

  • 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.

    Evening Standard - Home 2010

  • 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.

    Evening Standard - Home 2010

  • Not exactly hidden but I didn't dare using the flash, hence the contre-jour .. 2009

  • Subsurface scattering is what makes a person’s ears turn crimson when they stand contre-jour.

    Subsurface Scattering I James Gurney 2008

  • We’re both wearing dark shirts to cut down on glare in a contre-jour view.

    Painting with Jacob Collins James Gurney 2008

  • We’re both wearing dark shirts to cut down on glare in a contre-jour view.

    Archive 2008-05-01 James Gurney 2008


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  • In photography: adj. & adv. with the sun or other light source behind the subject (French, meaning "against the daylight"); in English we would call this backlighting.

    January 18, 2009