- January 20, 2018 at 6:24 am #324811
Light creates shadow and shadow in return, enhances the appearance of the subject.
https://www.lightstalking.com/vincent-bal/ by Dahlia Ambrose
https://www.lightstalking.com/colors-shadows-shapes/ by Jason D. Little
- January 20, 2018 at 7:43 am #324815
Thank you, Tersha, for these terrific articles. What a way to start the weekend by reading some very informative and enlightening material. Now to practice what I have learnt.
- January 20, 2018 at 4:50 pm #324874
Horatio, I'm glad that you found them informative and interesting. 🙂
- January 20, 2018 at 7:45 am #324816
- January 20, 2018 at 1:31 pm #324834
I love transparent shadows.
- January 20, 2018 at 5:50 pm #324879
Yes the wings make a great photon filter Leanne. Isn't that what HD filters do?
- January 20, 2018 at 4:23 pm #324861
I'm a total macro fan. Love, love, love! The composition of this photo is perfect.
- January 20, 2018 at 5:52 pm #324880
Thank you so much Barbie. Very kind words and glad you like it.
- January 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm #324973
Graham, this fly image is terrific. I like the muted colours and softness of the leaves, contrasted with the black, sharpness of the fly with his silvery wings. The shadow of the wings is a perfect combination of sharp and soft. Very nice. Thank you.
- January 21, 2018 at 7:45 pm #325000
Thank you Horatio.
- January 22, 2018 at 4:32 pm #325116
Cool macro shot Graham!
- January 23, 2018 at 1:45 am #325172
Thank you Tersha (Diane?)
- January 23, 2018 at 3:56 am #325190
Very nice image Graham. I love the details in the shadows and the image looks best when viewed large 🙂
- January 23, 2018 at 9:28 pm #325286
Thank you very much Dahlia.
- January 27, 2018 at 12:09 pm #325991
- January 28, 2018 at 10:05 pm #326286
Thanks Jeff. Nice dragonfly shot. Like the way he seems to be hanging on for dear life.
- January 20, 2018 at 8:02 am #324818
I only posted this in the Shark Tank today but seems fitting for this forum too.
- January 20, 2018 at 1:29 pm #324832
I like the symmetry (or, ‘not quite' symmetry) of this photo Graham. And it works well as a b&w.
- This reply was modified 9 months ago by LeanneC.
- January 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm #324881
Thanks Leanne. I'm still unsure about what the merits of this pic are though. I do like the contrast between the grey sky shade and the white wall. Wish the shadows were more defined though. I think this image would be much improved if there were a focus point like someone leaning out of one of the windows having a ciggie or something.
- January 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm #324860
Perfect shadows, Graham! Love the B&W.
- January 20, 2018 at 5:59 pm #324882
Thanks Barbie. Yeah wish the shadows were sharper though.
- January 21, 2018 at 8:13 am #324941
- January 21, 2018 at 7:48 pm #325001
Thank you Lenny.
- January 21, 2018 at 2:47 pm #324974
The merits of this image are the lines, shadows that create more lines and the contrasts in light and dark. Graham, this is a terrific image. Thank you.
- January 21, 2018 at 7:49 pm #325002
Thanks Horatio. You really are too kind.
- January 23, 2018 at 4:05 am #325191
Love the drama in this image caused by the shadows / lines Graham. Was the blue sky visible through the ceiling? Looks like a very bright sunny day as the shadows are very strong.
Lots of lines and I feel that the bottom half of the image can contribute to an abstract photograph 🙂
- January 23, 2018 at 9:33 pm #325287
Thanks Dahlia. Yes we've had nothing but bright blue skies here in South Australia for weeks now. Heading for another weekend of 42 degrees celcius! Works out well for shadows mind you.
Hmmm, interesting what you said about the bottom half. Might give it a go. Thanks.
- January 25, 2018 at 3:05 pm #325688
As Leann said it's the ‘not quite' symmetry that makes me keep looking at it. Wondering how the light is coming through the windows. Super shot.
- January 28, 2018 at 10:06 pm #326287
- January 20, 2018 at 12:17 pm #324828
- January 20, 2018 at 1:28 pm #324831
I like this Kent. Like the pieces of a puzzle all put together. I saw the form first, which I thought was very interesting. Great eye!
- January 22, 2018 at 11:19 am #325072
- January 20, 2018 at 6:09 pm #324885
Every time I look at one of your images Kent, I learn something. I just drove around for an hour looking for something ‘shadowy' to photograph. Must've gone past several scenes of this ilk but didn't see the shot. Looking at this one, I'm thinking…”Why didn't I see that?”.
I think what makes this shot for me primarily is the composition and thats the lesson I take from it. Got to stop looking at things in an X-Y plane and tilt the head more. The angle of the leading line in the paving takes us from the shadows to the colour beyond. The dog along the way is a pleasant surprise to the eyes. (Poor thing looks like its strangling itself)
I find myself wondering whats lies beyond, further up the path. Love this image.
- January 22, 2018 at 11:21 am #325073
Thanks Graham. I can tell from your words that you're going to go great places with your photography. When a person begins to see the world a little less “literally” your “art side” will shine bright. Cheers.
- January 21, 2018 at 6:47 am #324931
Very interesting Kent. I haven't quite figured this one out yet.
- January 22, 2018 at 11:23 am #325074
Thank you Bobbi. When I saw this it was the angles, variations in color, and the look on the poor dog's face that caused me to take the picture.
- January 21, 2018 at 8:14 am #324942
Kent, I really like the different shades of shadows!
- January 22, 2018 at 11:23 am #325075
- January 21, 2018 at 2:58 pm #324976
Kent, I like the way you combined a variety of shadows with the colour of the background. Especially, I like the dog. The light has perfectly lit the dog's face. This is terrific. Thank you.
- January 22, 2018 at 11:24 am #325076
Thank you Horatio.
- January 23, 2018 at 4:07 am #325192
Aw, the look on the dog's face. Very nice Kent. The image gives an idea of the place and tells a story 🙂
- January 23, 2018 at 10:04 am #325247
Best compliment ever, Dahlia!
- January 27, 2018 at 2:39 am #325944
Great image Kent !
- January 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm #324835
- January 20, 2018 at 2:50 pm #324848
I really like the subtle shadows in the chairs with snow image, Leanne!
- January 21, 2018 at 11:25 pm #325022
Thank you Mistyisle.
- January 20, 2018 at 6:21 pm #324886
The beauty of mobiles is that you've always got one with you and there's no setup involved. They're good enough nowadays to make great pics too. The first shot is ‘shadow' defined. Trying to work out if the second shot was taken ‘on the run' or if you had stopped. Like the third one best. Looks like two snowmen resting up in the shadowed sunlight.
- January 21, 2018 at 11:26 pm #325023
I am glad you saw the snowmen too Graham 🙂 Thanks
- January 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm #324978
LeanneC, I most likely would have killed myself attempting to take a photograph of my shadow whilst riding a bicycle. That is great. The chairs are fantastic. There is something about those chairs that I can not describe, that holds my attention. In particular, I do like the way you have light on the chairs, with the shadows, both in front of and behind them. Thank you.
- January 21, 2018 at 11:29 pm #325024
Thanks Horatio. Yes, I was riding, albeit slowly, while taking that pic. My daughter was in front of me watching for vehicles 🙂 I think I may need to get a helmet cam! I appreciate your kind comments on the chairs. I had taken a couple of photos of them earlier in the day and when the evening light hit them I knew that photo was a keeper.
- January 23, 2018 at 4:09 am #325193
I like the second image the most. Very nice Leanne 🙂
- January 25, 2018 at 2:59 pm #325686
Snow and shadows. You have very long legs lol. Very funny photo made me smile.
- January 20, 2018 at 3:50 pm #324858
- January 20, 2018 at 6:37 pm #324887
I think this is a nicely balanced image Mistyisle. I see a diagonal line (didgeridoo) running from top left to bottom right with all the action in the top half and the shadows and ground in the bottom half.
Adding to the composition, the people are all heading one way and the player and shadows are facing the other way. I guess including the player's shadow has dictated the cropping here but I think it makes the shot too.
- January 21, 2018 at 6:49 am #324932
Nice interplay between the shadows Misty.
- January 21, 2018 at 11:30 pm #325025
Very nice use of light and shadow, Mistyisle. Great catch.
- January 23, 2018 at 4:11 am #325194
I like this image too Jim. Very nicely composed 🙂
- January 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm #324859
Here'e a photo of my dog, Jake taking in some rays. The shadows are of the gate in front of the house, and his big head!
- January 20, 2018 at 6:40 pm #324888
Shadows aplenty. Jake's eye tells the story. Makes me want to tilt my head too and soak up some of those rays. Always love a dog pic.
- January 21, 2018 at 6:50 am #324933
This is what contentment looks like.
- January 21, 2018 at 11:31 pm #325026
I can feel the warmth of the sun!
- January 20, 2018 at 4:52 pm #324875
- January 20, 2018 at 6:43 pm #324889
If you have, I'm glad you posted it again Tersha. This shot is fantastic. I love the contrast of the flowers catching the light against the dark background and then the added element of the shadowed lines beneath. Wonderful.
- January 21, 2018 at 2:13 am #324922
Beautiful Diane. Your eye for the use of light is amazing.
- January 21, 2018 at 8:15 am #324943
- January 21, 2018 at 9:39 pm #325014
Beautiful detail and composition. I'll bet you had to move quickly before the sunlight changed.
- January 21, 2018 at 11:31 pm #325027
Gorgeous. And great use of shadows.
- January 22, 2018 at 4:23 pm #325114
Thanks for the comments Graham, Bobbie, Lenny, Gary and Leanne!
And Gray, yes, It wasn't an idea you could think about for too long!
- January 20, 2018 at 6:59 pm #324893
- January 20, 2018 at 8:17 pm #324902
Swaney, how I love ya! Very nice shot Elin. Not often one sees a shadow on the subject itself.
- January 21, 2018 at 11:32 pm #325028
Made me smile. Cute shot.
- January 22, 2018 at 11:27 am #325078
I loved how you framed this and gave it a sense of mystery.
- January 26, 2018 at 1:23 am #325772
Very creative composition Elin
- January 20, 2018 at 7:45 pm #324901
- January 20, 2018 at 8:19 pm #324903
Another great shot. I'm getting dizzy just looking at this pic. It invokes a feeling of vertigo with the composition. Love it Rob.
- January 21, 2018 at 6:51 am #324934
Nice one Rob. Looks like a dance.
- January 22, 2018 at 11:26 am #325077
Hi Rob. This REALLY appeals to my vision and sense of aesthetics. I really like it a lot.
- January 23, 2018 at 4:15 am #325196
Love this image Rob. Makes me wonder how the left leg was placed to get this shot! Kind of mysterious 🙂
- January 20, 2018 at 8:21 pm #324904
- January 21, 2018 at 6:11 am #324926
- January 21, 2018 at 6:24 am #324929
I'd hate to get in the middle of that! Great capture Elin.
- January 21, 2018 at 7:59 pm #325003
Would have been tricky handling the exposure with all the white everywhere? Nice shot and like the compo too with the two spectators ring-side bottom left corner. Maybe a good title for this would be “Bills, bills and more bills”. LOL.
- January 21, 2018 at 7:17 am #324935
- January 21, 2018 at 8:17 am #324944
- January 21, 2018 at 8:04 pm #325005
Very interesting Lenny. Quite abstract.
- January 21, 2018 at 8:19 am #324945
- January 21, 2018 at 8:42 am #324946
The pattern of the shadows is intriguing Lenny.
- January 21, 2018 at 8:06 pm #325006
Great shot. Love this. Ticks a lot of boxes for me; leading lines, contrast, B&W, composition, patterns…
- January 21, 2018 at 10:39 pm #325021
Fabulous, Lenny. I could keep looking at this!
- January 21, 2018 at 11:33 pm #325029
I like that Lenny. Nice.
- January 22, 2018 at 9:07 pm #325140
I’m dizzy ????.
- January 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm #325161
Love the pattern. Nice capture.
- January 23, 2018 at 4:23 am #325200
A very dramatic image Lenny. Strong patterns, textures and lines. I like how the steps and the shadows lead the viewer up to the door 🙂
- January 24, 2018 at 11:08 am #325441
Thank you all!
- January 25, 2018 at 2:54 pm #325684
- January 21, 2018 at 4:42 pm #324979
- January 21, 2018 at 8:08 pm #325007
Fascinating image Tersha. Love the shading all through it.
Q:What is a teasel and also are they fish hooks wrapped around the spikey thing?
- January 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm #325115
Thanks Graham. Teasel is a plant, pretty tall and spikey. The flowers are good for bees and butterflies, and then when they dry out are good for flower arrangements, or spraying with gold or glitter for Christmas decorations. There's not any fishhooks, they are part of the plant.
Here's a much less ‘arty' photo, so you ca see what I mean ….
- January 23, 2018 at 9:38 pm #325288
Thanks for the explanation Diane. Learn something new every day. What an interesting thing…looks like it needs handling with care!
- January 22, 2018 at 11:32 am #325079
And once again you sent me to Google Diane. There's a definite danger that I might end up learning something about plants.
- January 23, 2018 at 4:26 pm #325263
Thanks Bobbie,learning about plants can only be a good thing! 🙂
- January 23, 2018 at 4:25 am #325201
I like the light in the image Diane. Soft feel yet a strong image 🙂
- January 23, 2018 at 4:27 pm #325264
- January 25, 2018 at 2:51 pm #325683
This looks almost alive and a bit sinister. Great shot
- January 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm #325712
WOW! Diane, I'm sure learning to appreciate flowers and bugs looking at your stuff!
- January 21, 2018 at 7:31 pm #324999
- January 21, 2018 at 9:30 pm #325012
- January 21, 2018 at 10:37 pm #325020
Very different, Graham! I like a lot, the contrasting colours and the strong interesting shadows. Powerful. Well seen indeed 🙂
- January 22, 2018 at 5:32 am #325058
Thanks Mistyisle. Walked the dog today while thinking ‘shadows, shadows' all the time. The good thing about this challenge is it forces you to open your eyes and see beyond the object. I took a snap of the swing months ago because the patterns in the rope intrigued me (see flickr) but I like this shot so much more.
- January 21, 2018 at 9:31 pm #325013
- January 22, 2018 at 5:40 am #325059
I like this a lot Gray. I could go on about the shadows being a metaphor for the faceless victims of their oppressors etc but I won't. Suffice to say I find it quite appropriate to the message the women are no doubt delivering. Pity the sign's wording got cut off but I'm guessing all three words began with ‘B'.
- January 22, 2018 at 10:59 am #325069
Thanks Graham. I cropped part of the message on purpose to initially focus on the shadow and hope, like you, the viewer tries to fill in the blanks on the sign.
- January 23, 2018 at 4:32 am #325202
I like this image a lot Gray. Makes one wonder what the words on the sign say, but it is good that way 🙂
- January 23, 2018 at 7:39 am #325235
Your choice of processing harkens back to those marches of the 60's Gray. Even the dress style is in keeping. Very nice processing and image.
- January 25, 2018 at 2:48 pm #325679
Reminds me of a film. Can't think which one. Like this a lot
- January 22, 2018 at 12:01 am #325041
Shadows from the design on a Wellington (Porirua) bus shelter.
- January 22, 2018 at 5:46 am #325060
Interesting pattern Mistyisle. I'm wondering why the shadows have two different shades?
- January 23, 2018 at 4:55 am #325214
Hi Graham, they certainly have two different shades. I presume that the artwork on each has different colouring. Not sure, but the next time I am there, likely to be 2/3 months away, I will try to check out.
- January 22, 2018 at 9:15 pm #325141
An old one, but for me a good one. Memories of great grandma, an importer of oriental art in the early nineteen hundreds.
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- January 23, 2018 at 9:32 am #325241
I think I remember this one Gray and I still think it's beautiful and mysterious.
- January 23, 2018 at 9:44 pm #325289
I like the way the statue appears to be holding her clothing closer to protect against a breeze which the shadows on the wall behind her intimate at. Lovely shading and subtle colouring. Very nice shot Gray.
- January 23, 2018 at 7:20 am #325234
- January 23, 2018 at 10:01 am #325246
- January 24, 2018 at 7:05 am #325399
Thank you Kent 🙂
- January 23, 2018 at 9:51 pm #325290
I like the way all the birds are facing the camera attracted to something (you?). I can imagine a boss-pidgeon with authority standing on a box (behind the camera) addressing the gathered throng. Like a stop-work meeting.
Also like the light ray piercing the background too. A good contender in the ‘shadows' challenge. Oddly enough, I was thinking of making myself a challenge this weekend to shoot a flock of pidgeons which hang out in the city centre here.
- This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Graham Hart.
- January 24, 2018 at 7:09 am #325404
Thank you Graham. There were other people feeding the pigeons nearby, so they were all curious looking for food. Lol, I like your imagination 😀
Pigeons, although many hate them, are very interesting subjects to photograph especially when they are a flock. Look forward to seeing what you create over the weekend Graham 🙂
- January 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm #325678
My Dad had racing pigeons. This reminds me of trying to get them in to clock the rings. They never came all together though. Cool photo
- January 26, 2018 at 12:27 am #325766
Thank you very much David. Interesting to hear about the racing pigeons. Never heard about them before 🙂
- January 23, 2018 at 9:34 am #325242
Interesting Dahlia. In some places it's hard to tell the birds from their shadows.
- January 24, 2018 at 7:06 am #325400
Thank you Bobbie 🙂
- January 23, 2018 at 9:36 am #325244
- January 23, 2018 at 10:00 am #325245
- January 23, 2018 at 9:56 pm #325292
Another great shadow shot. Someone who knows how could probably tell the exact time from the angles.
- January 24, 2018 at 7:12 am #325405
A very nice image Bobbie. I love shadow images like these 🙂
- January 24, 2018 at 12:40 pm #325450
Thanks Kent, Graham and Dahlia.
I'm not sure Graham, but I think you'd have to know the approximate date and where north was in order to tell the time.
- January 25, 2018 at 2:40 pm #325677
Yep! Like it.
- January 25, 2018 at 4:36 pm #325702
Love it Bobbie, I can see why it's a favourite. 🙂
- January 26, 2018 at 1:25 am #325773
Thanks David & Diane
- January 23, 2018 at 4:28 pm #325265
- January 23, 2018 at 9:57 pm #325293
Beautiful image Diane. Perfect DOF and love the balance of colour in this one.
- January 24, 2018 at 7:13 am #325406
Lovely one Diane and I like the caption that goes with it 🙂
- January 24, 2018 at 10:27 am #325435
- January 24, 2018 at 12:41 pm #325451
Nature is amazing. Wonderful image Diane.
- January 25, 2018 at 2:38 pm #325676
Cool Tersha. Did you plant it and wait for it to grow. 🙂
- January 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm #325706
Thanks David, it was from spilt Niger seed for the birds! 🙂
- January 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm #325707
Thanks for the comments Graham, Dahlia, Kent and Bobbie!
- January 24, 2018 at 12:58 am #325313
Striking Diane, I like it! Taken with tilt-shift, I believe, something not yet familiar to me.
- January 25, 2018 at 4:44 pm #325705
Thanks Jim, but it wasn't with a Tilt and Shift, it was a Canon 100mm macro lens. I think the effect was created by the size of the seedling, less than 1″ and the angle that I took the shot.
- January 25, 2018 at 2:37 pm #325675
- January 25, 2018 at 4:40 pm #325704
Great take on the theme, David, and a very good moon shot.
- January 26, 2018 at 3:33 am #325777
- January 26, 2018 at 12:29 am #325767
Very nice David. Love it. 🙂
- January 26, 2018 at 3:37 am #325778
- January 26, 2018 at 8:00 am #325786
This is a great shot of the moon David. Probably the sharpest I've seen. love it.
- January 26, 2018 at 10:49 am #325822
Many thanks Graham
- January 25, 2018 at 4:38 pm #325703
- January 26, 2018 at 8:07 am #325787
It certainly does fit Tersha. Don't see that many blue insects, its very interesting (dragonfly?). The wing detail in the shadows is nice.
- January 25, 2018 at 5:16 pm #325714
Chairs in the sun.
- This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Dahlia Ambrose.
- January 25, 2018 at 5:20 pm #325716
Chairs in the sun What am I doing wrong? The photo doesn't show and it's not like the first time I have done this.
- January 26, 2018 at 12:24 am #325761
Edited your comment with the share link Lenny and it works now 🙂
- January 26, 2018 at 9:42 am #325820
- January 26, 2018 at 6:43 pm #325900
Terrific image Elin. Love everything about this one. The light sweeping in from the left to land on the man's head and give it an extra dimension. The busy vertical lines against the calm horizontal orange plane, the round table to balance the linear aspect of the image, the man's thoughtful focus on something we can't see. Like it a lot.
- January 27, 2018 at 2:38 am #325943
Thank you Graham and Lenny.
- January 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm #326018
Love everything about this Elin!
- January 28, 2018 at 4:30 pm #326155
Wow, this is a great image Elin 🙂
- January 26, 2018 at 6:25 pm #325896
- January 27, 2018 at 9:06 am #325981
- January 27, 2018 at 10:01 am #325986
Great capture Chris (and creepy).
- January 27, 2018 at 4:31 pm #326019
Ditto what Bobbie said! Looks scary!
- January 28, 2018 at 2:04 am #326077
Very potent image. Beware what lurks in the shadows.
- January 28, 2018 at 9:20 am #326099
Its just a man with an AK47. 🙂
Although I get where you are coming from. Looks like a 1950 B Movie poster; ‘The Lobsterman from the Deep' or something.
- January 28, 2018 at 4:31 pm #326156
I was gonna say, looks like a scene from a war movie. Very nice Chris 🙂
- February 5, 2018 at 4:57 am #327921
The shadow of the shadow:
- February 5, 2018 at 5:15 am #327924
What the? I take it there were two light sources slightly apart? I like the way the arch is duplicated in the circle of light. What a brilliant shot, terrific!
- February 6, 2018 at 3:06 am #328078
Angel M. SesmaParticipant
There's no secret in the setup: all natural light and the correct moment to catch the shadows!
It was only a coincidence: There was two aligned streetlights with the sun was in a very low position whe I took the picture.
I like you enjoyed this image!!
- This reply was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by Angel M. Sesma.
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