One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjectivePhotography
Having or involving the sun or other light source behind the subject.as adjective ‘a glorious contre-jour effect’as adverb ‘it is recommended not to use the film contre-jour’
- ‘The term "contre jour" applies to photographs taken towards a light source, usually the sun.’
- ‘Shoot toward the light, but expose on your subject—this is the famous contre-jour that can give your model a nice golden glare and will make the photo more abstract.’
- ‘Her album features a winsome portrait shot contre-jour, external light washing over her.’
- ‘The backlight mode for this camera doesn't work particularly well in a contre-jour portrait situation.’
- ‘The drawings explore patterns of light and shade and contre jour effects of trees silhouetted against the sun.’
- ‘He was obviously deeply intrigued by Raeburn's contre jour experiments of the early 1790s, and he carried out similar experiments himself.’
- ‘Among the five paintings is a luminous sunlit summer landscape, all the more effective by the children who inhabit it being painted contre-jour.’
- ‘You can see how in this contre-jour scene the dark shadows have been lifted.’
Early 20th century: French, from contre ‘against’ + jour ‘daylight’.
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