Revealing the Image Within

Image 0755 Unexpected Self Portrait © Catherine Rutgers 2011I like to take pictures with the light at hand. Sometimes they come out pretty cool. But what about ones showing just a tiny glimpse of image?

You’ve seen this kind of digital thumbnail or film negative: it looks almost completely dark, but you think there might be something in there.

What would happen if the brightness was increased and the contrast adjusted? Piqued my interest enough to find out. Select results are shown here. The texture is exceptional, colors amazingly quirky. They remind me to slow down and not delete everything that looks blank. Sometimes it can be changed into a gem.

Image 0826 Meditation in Monochrome © Catherine Rutgers 2011 Image 0442 Toes First © Catherine Rutgers 2011 Image 0728 Athena and the Rosehip © Catherine Rutgers 2011 Image 1268 Garden Night © Catherine Rutgers 2011

All images in this post are by Catherine Rutgers © 2011.

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One Response to Revealing the Image Within

  1. Well, the first viewer was sure these were created with filters.
    Nary a one! And the color wasn’t altered either.
    These pix were taken in very low light, and hardly anything was visible in the digital thumbnails. For each, I boosted the brightness and lowered or increased the contrast.
    I have yet to discover a filter that could produce these mysterious effects.

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