Conflict: Light vs Dark

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Brightness and Contrast

I wanted to play around with brightness and contrast.  I utilized an article on a website called Steve’s Digicam’s entitled Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness to get some ideas and perspective on how Brightness and Contrast work.  I realized I had some great photos I could utilize from my trip this past weekend when I traveled to Atlanta for the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

As a member of the student section, we were ushered into the Georgia Dome toward the end of the first semifinal game between Louisville and Wichita State. At that time, fans from all four teams (Michigan, Syracuse, Louisville and Wichita) were all in the stands so the array of colors was remarkable.  I used a photo of the stadium to capture the moment.  I used Gimp to then play with the Brightness and Contrast aspects of the photo to try and capture the variety of colors.  Here is the original photo:

Original

Original

First, I played solely with the Contrast levels, increasing it drastically to define the colors better.  I then slightly changed the Brightness to enhance the overall image:

Changing Contrast

Changing Contrast

I then did the opposite and focused primarily on Brightness.  I made the Brightness very low, since the amount of light in the Georgia Dome was immense and the camera picked up a lot of it.  I then slightly adjusted Contrast to make the picture look even better:

Changing Brightness

Changing Brightness