AUGUST THEME – SHADOWS

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  • #10255
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    Peter Robinson
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    The theme for July is now closed.
    The theme for August 2015 is ‘Shadows’

    Post your images as replies to this post. (Make sure you’ve read the Guidelines first.)

    This month’s theme is a bit more challenging. However, it gives you the opportunity to think of the different ways shadows can be used in your photographs. You can use them to lead in to the main subject or take them on their own or show how they relate to the rest of the image. Can you think of a different kind of shadow other than the obvious one?

    Remember – only post photos taken this month, between 1 August and 31st. August 2015

    #10267
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    Anonymous

    SHADOWS—Reminds me of a Hymn my dear old aunt Emily taught me while we were all huddled in an air raid shelter.

    Now the day is over
    Night is drawing nigh ;
    SHADOWS of the evening
    Steal across the sky—and seven more verses. a Lutheran hymn. Sabbine-Baring Gould 1834-1924.You have to imagine the picture.

    #10271
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    Anonymous

     Cathy being shadowed.(With my big lens.)

    #10273
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    Peter Robinson
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    Interesting solerisation effect makes it a completely different photograph from the original. I would have liked to have seen the nose. I think the helicopter adds to the atmosphere.

    #10274
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    ajroyle
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    The impression is that club judges hate shadows! Any significant proportion of the picture in shadow and it gets the thumbs down. Perhaps even a greater sin is not having “enough shadow detail”, so a bit Catch 22.

    Contrary to this photographers in general can make great use of shadows; they can model your mountains, structure your picture, hide ugly or distracting detail.

    Here is one of a series I took last week. I saw the old gentleman approach and so, unusually, I had lots of time to take some shots. I firstly used the shadow of the building as a sort of curtain, revealing him as he passed into the light. That is the one you see here. I was actually slightly too early with this one, it would have been good to have seen his stick more clearly. You will have to wait to see the rest, but fortune smiles on the attentive, as I keep saying, and next a young girl walked into shot behind him and I suddenly had a chance of a different story; youth and age.

     

    #10275
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    meg cumming
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    Oh I love this John, first a great diagonal and no clutter either. Second I love the double shadow of the actual shadow and then the old chaps shadow cast on the sunlight pavement.I think sometimes we just have to break the rules and not worry about what a judge might or might not like.

    #10276
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    Ian McNab
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    Great idea, John. I’m looking forward to seeing how this develops. (“Find a high-contrast background and then wait” is used in this way by Fan Ho to great effect.)

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    Ian McNab
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    #10305
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    Peter Robinson
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    I like the idea of having a figure emerge from a dark shadow. It’s quite a testing image to create, partictularly considering getting the exposure right. These photographs were taken in conditions of extreme contrast of very dark shadows and bright lighlights much greater than camera sensors can cope with. So it has to be compromised exposure.

    John’s photo has a very dark shadow where I can’t see any detailand the well positioned figure stands out as the main subject while Ian shows some shadow detail with a splash of lighlight on the lady. I think I prefer to see a little detail in the shadows otherwise the picture has too much pure black for me.

    #10306
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    Ian McNab
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    Peter said: So it has to be compromised exposure.

    …or, as in Bill Brandt’s printing, a bit of dodging, and a lot of burning and contrast-enhancement! 😉

    #10316
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    wbaxter
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    And all the time I thought you were a Purist Ian with ‘just from the camera’ as your motto

    #10317
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    Ian McNab
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    Haha! I let my hair down (such as it is!) for the Monthly Theme, Wallace! 😉

     

     

    #10318
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    ajroyle
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    I like the way the “delivery boy” strides along the tunnel of light between the shops and the market stalls. The title is Venetian Delivery. It was taken with the XT1 and the 14mm f2.8 (21mm equiv.). I find the drop down LED screen very useful for shots like this, not only does it attract less attention it gives an angle of view which adds a bit to the dynamics.

    #10319
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    Ian McNab
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    You’ve really caught the posture well, to give the sense of effort and movement – like life drawing. And, as you say, the ‘tunnel of light’ effect is good, and helped along by the diverging lines of the flagstones. (The tonality and contrast of the bloke’s skin and the shop front look a bit ‘tone-mapped’; but I guess that’s because you had to do a bit of serious dodging to bring out the detail that was lost in the contre-jour light?)

    #10321
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    Peter Robinson
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    I like this photo as well. I find it very dramatic and captures the atmosphere of a busy market area. I can’t make my mind up whether I would have cropped out the background on the left. It does show where the guy came from, but I find it pulls my eye away from the main subject especially has it has a light spot.

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