View Full Version : Ton sur Ton - December 2010

11-27-2010, 10:23 AM
I have 2 suggestions....

Complementary colours:
Create a photo with the main colours being opposites from the colour wheel.
red and green
yellow and purple
orange and blue

Ton sur Ton
One colour: making a photo using variations of one colour without the use of PP.

Ton sur Ton
One colour: making a photo using variations of one colour without the use of PP.

I like this but not sure I fully understand.

- are you simply talking about capturing/creating images that look rather monochrome at the outset?
OR how strict is the ONE colour thing? I mean if you frame a green leaf shot so that 100% of the shot is the leaf, if the leaf has a hint of yellow or brown at the edges can it still be used?

If that is the case maybe the title could be changed to Predominantly 1 colour (No PP)

If I've misunderstood can you please clarify further - Thanks!

i think ton sur ton would be nice. if i understand it correctly, if i took a photo of a white cat against a white or black bg, the only color i would see would be the cat's blue or green eyes? it is like shooting something black and white in color.

The idea is to make a photo in one colour and its variations so different shades of white or green grey etc.
when Ed says.."it is like shooting something black and white in color.", he is bang on right!
Here's an example:


Heres and example from me:


Ok then - thanks for the example +1

Ton sur Ton sounds interesting . Your example is beautiful!

Oh.I'm still confused but it peaks my interest!

Tor sur ton sounds like an interesting option, although I'm stumped for ideas at the moment.

Since nobody else is putting forth ideas and it's nov 30, - looks like Ton sur Ton will be this month's level 2 assignment.
Since some people are confused by what it is, can we still keep yr example in the thread casil?

12-01-2010, 09:39 AM
Ok then Ton sur Ton is the theme this month (It's better explained and has an example photo in the post above)

The goal is to capture an image that features One colour (and shades of black to white): Making a photo using variations of one colour without the use of PP (post processing).

Ok then who will go first?

12-02-2010, 12:09 AM
Here's mine .... hope I'm on the right track :)

On the rocks ....

Mad Aussie
12-02-2010, 01:45 AM
Cool idea. I've never heard of this 'Ton sur Ton' phrase. Where did that originate?

Nice example Donna.

12-02-2010, 08:47 AM
Sweet shot Donna...and you nailed the idea!

12-02-2010, 10:33 AM
really well done Donna!

12-02-2010, 03:57 PM
I am nervous to follow Donna's beautiful photo but here's my attempt:


12-02-2010, 05:33 PM
Great shots.. but I'm still confused. LOL.. I don't get the color and black and white..

12-02-2010, 07:10 PM
Great shots.. but I'm still confused. LOL.. I don't get the color and black and white..

I think that you're overthinking it Kat. ;) C said that it like shooting in black in white but in colour. a B&W photo is just variations of gray (mostly) so this assignment is taking a shot that is just variations of one colour. the elements are indicated via shades and gradients only.

:fingerscr I hope I got that right :D

12-02-2010, 07:13 PM
Both are wonderful shots, Bambi and Donna!

Kat, I think it means monochromatic. One hue and its tints, tones and shades- Where if you liken it to mixing paints, white lightens it, black darkens it. But found that way- no post processing.

Monochromatic color - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monochromatic_color)

12-02-2010, 07:44 PM
Okay, I think i get it!

12-02-2010, 09:33 PM
Thanks for the comments! :)

Nice example Bambi! :)
Good explanations of the theme , Bambi and JAS!

My understanding is that Ton sur Ton ... is just French for ... Tone on Tone .

Here is one where all of the objects are solid colours of red , including the background object ... the whites and blacks in the image are only from the highlights and shadows of the lighting ..... except for a couple specks of lint :laughing:

12-02-2010, 09:57 PM
In this one there is something black in the colour sceme besides the shadows ... the dogs nose , of course :)

" And you interrupted my nap , for What??...."

12-02-2010, 10:47 PM
First. A nod to those who have come before... nice images. I'm just getting started and I'm experimenting a bit... not my usual type of shot in many ways but I kinda like it...


12-03-2010, 12:10 AM

a contrived shot. i glued the leaf on the branch. :)

12-03-2010, 10:23 AM
Nice images bambi, Iggy, ed and Donna - who is on fire in this thread with 3 wonderful submissions. Donna also knows her French, Tone on Tone is indeed the translation of Ton sur Ton.

12-03-2010, 01:28 PM
Nice one Iggy! ... That's the neat thing about these challenges ... We shoot things that are not our usual subjucts or style .... Or maybe the same type of jubject , but we learn to compose things in different ways for different effects ..... But , we walk away from every challenge with our minds expanded and we look at things a bit differently , we now see more in things , than we did before ..... and thats a good thing. :)

12-03-2010, 02:59 PM

Absolutely, I completely agree which is why I enjoy these challenges. I didn't explain it well, however, as this particular challenge was not the catalyst for my recent changes. Maybe I'll start a new thread to share my experience...hmmm.... just not today... still a bit more research to do I think.

12-03-2010, 11:55 PM
Shot at the river bank. Ton sur ton, je ne sais pas? Mike


12-04-2010, 12:56 PM
Nice one mbrager! :)

12-04-2010, 01:34 PM
Ton sur Ton, mais Oui!

Nice one mbrager! VERY interesting comp here!

12-04-2010, 05:17 PM
Here is my first stab at Ton sur Ton

12-05-2010, 07:01 PM
Great stuff so far everyone! Really good interpretations of the theme. :)

12-06-2010, 10:44 PM
Okay here's mine so far...harder than I thought when I am "trying" to look for shots.

12-09-2010, 12:00 AM
Sackville St.


12-09-2010, 06:43 PM
Casil- I love the light here. totally makes the shots.

Iggy- really neat shot. You captured it very well.

12-09-2010, 09:55 PM
Thanks, Bambi.

12-10-2010, 09:27 AM
WAY cool Iggy!
Cool idea on yours as well casil!

12-18-2010, 09:22 AM
I hope this gentleman fits here:fingerscr

12-18-2010, 09:34 PM
it does for me yisehaq! I love the colour of this bird.

Here's another entry:

12-18-2010, 09:43 PM
Nice work!.. asnow , casil , Iggy , Yisehaq and Bambi :)

12-19-2010, 12:38 PM
Today was a day grey in grey!

12-19-2010, 12:40 PM
Nice addition Yisehaq babmi and Moinx2!

12-19-2010, 05:43 PM
really cool MM. Is it a play structure?

Wicked Dark
12-19-2010, 06:00 PM
here's one. I'm not sure it follows the strict rules (bleed one color channel out and if what you have left is b&w, it's right), but it's close.

12-20-2010, 01:34 AM
really cool MM. Is it a play structure?

Yes, Bambi - you are right. It is meant for children to play on it. But on this misty day the structure looked like a stranded ship, doesn't it?

12-21-2010, 09:35 AM
Can I have another go? I though this fit here too.

12-21-2010, 11:08 AM
Can I have another go? I though this fit here too.


This looks like it fits to me. Love the play of light and shadow.

12-22-2010, 12:32 AM
Great additions!... MoinMoin , Wicked Dark and Yisehaq :) Nice work all! ... I am really enjoying the variety of subjects in this thread! :)

12-22-2010, 08:23 PM
Not sure if this counts or not but I saw this stonework wall today and had to shoot it for the funky pattern...then I thought, hey, this is ton sur ton too I think.


12-27-2010, 02:14 PM
More nice additions Yisehaq and Wd!
- Iggy, not sure yours works as it's BW to my eye with no colour at all....but we ain't strict round here - so all good....and way cool pattern you caught.

Here's what i came up with:

12-30-2010, 03:38 PM
here's mine, the clay roof of the resourt in mexico