C O N S I D E R:
The Relative Difference
Clarity or Sharpness
In Reference to . . . . .
High and low contrast
Deep and shallow contrast
Heavy and light contrast
Mild and intense contrast
More or less focus
R E F E R E N C E S
Contrast [(v.) < F contrast(er) < It contrastare to contest < L contr‡- CONTRA- + st‹re
to stand; (n.) earlier contraste < F < It contrasto conflict < the verb]
v.t. 1. to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite natures, purposes, etc., of. -v.i. 2. to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast. -n. 3. act or state of contrasting. 4. state of being contrasted. 5. a striking exhibition of unlikeness. 6. a thing or person that is strikingly unlike in comparison. 7. opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines or colors in a work of art to increase intensity. 8. Photog. the relative difference between light and dark areas of a print or negative.
Contrast adj. [of photograph] having coarse or sharp gradations of tone, esp. between dark and light areas.
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House,1968.]
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