When you see the shadows, you will also see the light.
The experts tell us to focus on the light when we want to take our photography up a notch. But as Rick Ohnsman reminds us, it’s not just about the light. It’s both light and shadow, which are “immutably entwined, two sides of the same coin, both to be….embraced, admired, loved, and known.”
This week, we’re exploring the interplay of light and shadow–at different times of the day, in different seasons, under natural light, in artificial light. Choose whatever conditions you like. It’s totally up to you. You may also want to process your images in black and white to highlight the light and shadows.
To get your creative wheels “spinning,” let’s start with this very old photo of a hostess in Grand Central Station. I was surprised and delighted when I processed it many years ago.
You can see how the artificial light creates a golden backdrop for the plant, computer, coat rack, and hostess and casts them in shadow.
It was almost noon when I captured this image of a shared space in an apartment building in Boston. The sun flooded the room with natural light. I processed the image in black and white, to bring out the contrast between the light and shadows.
This statue in the Medici Palace is partly illuminated and partly in shadow. This helps to create a dramatic mood.
I captured this copse of trees in the late afternoon in Florence. Even in the spring, the light is intense and can create dramatic shadows. Here you can see trees half in the light and half in shadow. There are more shadows underneath the trees and across the road. They add depth to the photo.
This last image was a total surprise. Earlier this week, I was experimenting with the action pan feature on my phone when I saw a cyclist on a path in the park. I loved the action blur effect. In color, the cyclist’s red jacket really stands out as well as the greenery. Then, I processed the image in black and white, which highlights the areas of light and shadow.
I hope you join us this week as we explore Rick Ohnsman’s advice to focus on both light and shadow in our photography. Be sure to include a link to this post and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can easily find and enjoy your photos.
Last week, Tina inspired us to explore The Rule of Thirds, which lead to wonderful discussions about our preferences in composing a shot. Next week, it’s Ann-Christine’s turn, so be sure to visit her Leya site.
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