May 17, 2008
(169) Light and Shadow Families, III
The tennis player above is a great example of how to handle black and white in sunlight. The automatic response would be to paint the lit side of her black shirt darker than the shadow side of her white skirt--but that would be a mistake. The rule is: the darkest light (white skirt in shadow) must be a darker value than the lightest dark (black top in sunlight) for the values to read correctly.
"There is nothing harder than black in sunlight"...Charles Hawthorne
Posted by FCP