Fotografía estenopeica en positivo

20:12 May 4, 2018
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Photography/Imaging (& Graphic Arts)
Spanish term or phrase: Fotografía estenopeica en positivo
A label for a work of art by an Argentine artist:

Fotografía estenopeica en positivo

Photograph taken with pinhole camera or pinhole photograph, but does "en positivo" mean simply that it is a print??

Wendy Gosselin
Local time: 07:07

Summary of reference entries provided
Positive photography
Helena Chavarria


Reference comments

45 mins peer agreement (net): +3
Reference: Positive photography

Reference information:
A positive is a film or paper record of a scene that represents the color and luminance of objects in that scene with the same colors and luminances (as near as the medium will allow). Color transparencies are an example of positive photography: the range of colors presented in the medium is limited by the tonal range of the original image (dark and light areas correspond). It is opposed to a negative where colors and luminances are reversed: this is due to the chemical or electrical processes involved in recording the scene. Positives can be turned into negatives by appropriate chemical or electronic processes. Often, with the use of digital imaging, computers can automatically complete this process.

Note added at 49 mins (2018-05-04 21:01:55 GMT)

A positive image is a normal image. A negative image is a total inversion, in which light areas appear dark and vice versa. A negative color image is additionally color-reversed[1], with red areas appearing cyan, greens appearing magenta and blues appearing yellow, and vice versa.

Film negatives usually have less contrast, but a wider dynamic range, than the final printed positive images. The contrast typically increases when they are printed onto photographic paper. When negative film images are brought into the digital realm, their contrast may be adjusted at the time of scanning or, more usually, during subsequent post-processing.

Note added at 1 hr (2018-05-04 22:06:09 GMT)

The result of a properly exposed pinhole photograph using photo paper will be a negative image. Here is an example from my pinhole camera:

Pinhole photographs are always negatives.

Unless someone comes up with a better solution, I think 'positive pinhole image/photograph' would work.

Helena Chavarria
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 12

Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  Marie Wilson: I think you've covered all possibilities, and by the way, I like your new look!
16 hrs
  -> Marie, thank you for the 'agree' and the compliment. My old photo must have been taken about five years ago and I thought it was about time I showed the world what I really look like!
agree  Charles Davis: I agree with Marie: nice new photo! I'm sure you're right here, and I imagine that "en positivo" is specified because pinhold photos are by default negative images, but you can easily make a positive from them by contact printing.
1 day 11 hrs
  -> Yes, I realise that I've forgotten to include any references that explain the negative -> positive process. Thanks, Charles, for agreeing with the references and Marie's comment :-)
agree  JohnMcDove: As an answer?
77 days
  -> Thank you, John :-)
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