JANUARY THEME – Shadows

Forums Monthly Theme JANUARY THEME – Shadows

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  • #15523

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    The theme for December is now closed

    The theme for January is

    Shadows

    Happy New Year everyone. It’s the beginning of a brand new year and it inspires me to do something a bit different. This time of year the sun is low in the sky giving longer shadows which can give us dramatic photographs with plenty of depth. You can use them as the main subject or a lead in to the subject. Very often shadows can make great monochrome images. Another factor to consider is how sharp you want the shadow. So you can creative control your depth of field to produce your desired result. Let’s see your shadows!

    It’s easy to upload your pictures now. The best way to insert an image is to use the right hand icon in the edit menu. It looks like a picture of a mountain. If you wish you can prepare your picture before hand to have a long side of something like 650px at 72ppi, but the upload dialogue box has a resize option.

    There’s no restriction on when the photograph was taken so search though your archives show us what you can produce. If you would like to suggest any topics for the monthly theme please let me know. Thank you to everyone who contributed to last months’ theme.

    • This topic was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by  Pete Robinson.
    #15528

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Taking advantage of the bright sun from 1pm to 1.45pm on New Year’s Day…

     

     

     

     

     

    That’s probably it for sun till August. 😉

    #15543

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks for starting off this month’s theme with some inspiring photographs Ian. The shadows are so dramatic and dominate creating two moody photographs with bags of atmosphere. They work so well in black and white.

    #15544

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    I photographed this –only because of the shadow creation. My late wife turned this ring out of a two bob piece. Sorry a Florin—-a two shilling coin–pre-dec. She was in heavy engineering and working on the Thames flood barrage.

    #15545

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Your late wife was obviously very talented Ken. The photo is all about the shadows and carries a special memories for you. It’s been well photographed and is interesting how shadows look better when converted to monochrome.

    #15547

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    Thank you Peter–gentleman as always.

    #15551

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    I’ve been going through my archives for this one and have found some shows from my trip to Morocco.

    I like the pattern the shadows of the dunes and plant skeleton make in this photo. Do you think it’s too confusing?

    I was wondering if I should crop the picture below to make it a ‘letter box’ format. What do you think?

    This photograph was quite difficult to expose for as I was looking right into the sun. So I had to expose for the shadows which meant the sky got burnt out. If I had had a tripod I could had tried the HDR technique.

    #15555

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    I’d say all three are fine contributions to this month’s theme, Peter. The dunes in the central picture look like waves in motion – terrific! Please don’t crop it!

    And the sky is not an important element in the last picture, so who cares if there’s very little detail. (Indeed, I’d see how it looked cropped down to right above the tree.)

    Great examples.

    #15556

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks very much for your comments Ian. Of course you need a sunny day to get good shadows. Last time I went to the Sahara it was dull so there were no shadows and the landscapes were flat. What a difference the lighting makes. It’s been a bit dull this week so I hoping for some sun to give me some shadows.

    #15582

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    You may have seen this shadow of my former self before, but I quite like it as it reminds me of going on holiday. Roll on summer!

    #15597

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    Your sand dunes  Peter are superb. The lovely gradation of light is a photo of quality.

    #15599

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks Ken. Glad you like them. The light brings out the texture of the sand really well.

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