create alcove tones subtle softness Simon Q. Walden,, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography


To create an image of softness (rather than a soft, out of focus image) you need to relate a number of features of the image.

  1. The tonalities in luminance should present a narrow range
  2. The colour range should be narrow
  3. The lighting should have limited or no deep shadows
  4. Any shadow transitions present should be broad

In essence, we are aiming to create an image in which there are no significant contrasts, in light, colour or shadow.


There are lovely pink tones throughout this image, from the dress, the skin tones and even a subtle pink in the marble alcove.

The pose is gentle and flowing with the only hard point being the hand on the breast that provides a strong focal point.

Despite being made of many lines, there is very gentle transition between luminance levels between each of the panels.

The outer edges of the alcove provide a good, but subtle, frame within a frame.


This alcove is on a landing between ascending stairways. I would have preferred to shoot this square on, but the banisters were in the way.

By shooting from the head end we create a relatively submissive angle to the shot. The slight wide angle helps to exaggerate the length of Tillie within the space.

create alcove tones subtle softness Simon Q. Walden,, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

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