High Key is defined as a uniform lighting pattern with very little modeling; it is exemplified with bright, often 'blown out' or overexposed backgrounds and properly exposed primary subjects. It was often used in early television, when the cameras did not cope well with high contrast differences. ETA: Another Definition: High contrast with mostly highlights & little shadow detail.
It is still used frequently for various purposes. The name comes from the main light (key light) in a lighting set up. Since this is the theme, I'm going to post several items which I'm considering entering this round. Then I'll let y'all know how your responses stack up to the On-Site Judge. That is, of course, if the score sheets are published in a timely manner... I'm still waiting for Augusts to be posted.
And now, the 'judging'...
Technical Quality: includes (but not limited to) lighting, focus, use of depth-of-field, exposure, color or tonal contrast, appropriate backgrounds, lack of distracting elements and presentation of image.
Impact: includes (but not limited to) A strong first impression, commands viewers attention, emotion, sensory stimulation, new imaginative approach, and subject matter made more interesting by photographer.
Composition: includes (but not limited to) the placement of the subject matter, dynamic symmetry, rhythm or repetition, definition and strength to the center of interest, balance, simplicity, framing, texture, and pattern.
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