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It is very likely that we will see many images in this thread that are not really high key, but rather overxposure, or properly exposed subject against white background.
I agree with the guy here about what constitutes high key:
Hi alundeb, etal,
To which, I'll argue, (and to start the debates early) of what consequence is it that the artist chooses to destroy either/both of their subject's lighting extremes? To put it another way, "If either blowing one's whites or crushing one's blacks suits the artistic vision/statement what, um, "crime" has been committed?"
Now I bring this up not to diminish the importance of a well-rounded understanding of lighting techniques and interpretations, their definitions, and their uses. My only point being, "If blowing one's highlights or crushing one's shadows serves to fulfill how the artist wishes to portray their scene, then what matter is it if they've exceeded a definition of terminology?"
Case in point, and not to put you in the hot seat, but rather a chance to broaden this discussion...your recent blog entry...
...I think, constitutes a wonderful example of an image incorporating both High and Low key principles in a single image. (Kudos on that image, BTW!) Now without taking that file and examining it in software to determine if your whites exceed 255 or your blacks are beyond 0 (though I can tell just looking at it that you didn't), I would say that you not only covered your subject well, photographically, but artistically I found the image to be compelling. Now, another artist might have wished to bring their upper-right corner to clipping-white and their lower left corner to crushed-black...my point, then being, "So what?"
Now I bring all of this up not to dismiss further discussion, rather, just the opposite, I always love to hear the why's and how's of what other camera-slingers are up to, to know how they did things, and to know why they did things.
My apologies if I've faux pas'ed in any way here by singling out your work, it is not my intention to offend. I'll delete this post immediately on your request.
The very best to you,