DINGY – NOT ALWAYS WHAT YOU EXPECT – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Dingy


I thought I knew this word. It could be a little boat, often a little boat that lives on a bigger boat and is used to back and forth from the shoreline. It can also mean a little bit drab, or perhaps not entirely clean. It also can mean a sort of grubby off-blond hair color … or a faded hair color.

What I did not know is that it’s also a photographic term, meaning grainy and maybe a bit dark. Not shiny, maybe a bit fuzzy.

It is in the same category as grunge or grungy  — which is sort of like a softened version of HDR, but grainier and not as sharp. Also, things that are described as “chalky” frequently are also dingy.

It isn’t the same as “softened” because soft means taking the edge off the picture. Used a lot in photographs, especially of older people who don’t want to see every wrinkle and skin discoloration.

So these two are both dingy pictures. They look a bit antique and the light is subtly striated. Who knew, right? Yet another definition for a term you won’t find in the dictionary.



Categories: #FOWC, Blackstone River, Daily Prompt, Dams and Waterfalls, Fandango's One Word Challenge, Photography

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14 replies

  1. Your pictures may be dingy in a technical sense but aesthetically, they are lovely.

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  2. Dingy has such a negative connotation, drab, dull, which these photos are not!

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    • I know. Dingy and grungy are both terms that really are not descriptive. Nonetheless, that’s what they are called. Grungy is actually closely related to HDR, but sort of a hyper-HDR. If you play with filters, you’ll see what I mean. That’s why I thought this was such an interesting word in this context.

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  3. I don’t think those photos are “dingy” quite the contrary, they’re beautiful.
    Leslie

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  4. I didn’t know that either and when I saw dingy as a boat I thought it must be another of those British/American language differences because I thought that was dinghy too.

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  5. Dingy is drab, colorless. A small boat is a dinghy. I did not know that dingy also had a unique meaning related to photography.

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