March Theme – Light and Shadows

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  • #13779
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    Peter Robinson
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    The theme for February is now closed

    The theme for March is

    Light and Shadows

    The last few themes have been quite easy to enter so for this month I’ve decided to choose a more challenging subject. This gives you the opportunity to be more creative and to think about your photograph more before you release the shutter. The days are getting longer and lighter now so it’s a good time to polish your lens and dust off the winter blues. Get out and show us how shadows and turn a average photograph into one with texture and design.

    For a bit of inspiration follow this link and have a look at these examples:  Light and Shadows examples

    We now have a much simpler uploading process for the images you want to post. All you now do is post your picture! But we do ask that you don’t post anything too big; perhaps best to start with a typical “1400” and then, when the dialog box comes up, make it 650p wide. If it is portrait orientation make it 650p high. That’s it!

    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.

    #13790
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    Peter Robinson
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    OK. I’ll kick off this month’s theme with a few photos from my archives. Unusually for me I’ve chosen to convert them all to black and white to concentrate on the shapes rather than the colours. I’m sure you can come up with something better though.

     

     

     

     

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    Ian McNab
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    …and here’s my nod to André Kertész (as in Peter’s example selection), done 3 or 4 years ago

     

     

     

    #13799
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    Peter Robinson
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    Four quite different photographs all with dramatic lighting. Good detail in them all. I particularly like the photo of the seed heads which reminds me of fireworks. The leading railway lines has plenty of depth and a great sky that holds it together. The photo of the fork has a double shadow which makes you look closer at it. The large arc shadow leads me to the fork, then down its diagonal and back up its shadow to the bowl.

    #13807
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    Ian McNab
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    Thanks very much, Peter. And as you mention fireworks…

     

     

     

    …and a bride:

    #13870
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    Peter Robinson
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    Here’s a few more for your consideration..

    #13896
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    ajroyle
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    Am I allowed to show someone else’s work? Afraid I don’t know whose but ECM records are well known for using strange, moody mono pictures for their covers and here is one which is a bit more literal than usual…

     I have a few of my own like this but I was particularly struck by the way that the boards in the fence look like tree trunks and the frost adds a lovely bit of extra texture.

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    #13908
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    Here are some shots I took some time ago all because of the shadows and it’s nice to find a use for them. I’m afraid I posted them via Choose File hence the three small images but if you click on them they go to full size on a black screen. Sorry to mess things up!

    Kath

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    #13929
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    Kath Hill
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    I really like the barber’s (or hairdresser’s) shop the way the light falls on the chairs with the two easy chairs looking on. Also like the image of the flowers cascading and the inside of Chester Cathedral. My favourite is the girls going through the revolving door captured at just the right moment – I like the contrast between the smartly dressed girl who looks like a serious shopper and the girl in jeans whose probably just been browsing. Just noticed the guy across the street looking at them. I definitely think light/shadows have more impact in mono shots.

    #13935
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    Peter Robinson
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    I’m just playing catch up with this. In the photo John posted of the album cover, I like the contrast of the shadows, frost and wood. They make an interesting pattern. It would be good to see some of John’s examples.

    Ian’s followed that with 3 very different photos. Are they your photos Ian? The piano is photographed from an unusual angle and makes for a thoughtful composition with the keys supporting the angled body of the piano. I think it would work well in black and white.

    The Grand Canyon photo is a classical view of it. The shadows of the clouds drapple over the rock giving them form.

    In the photo of the building with the blue cast I think the lights are important in bring it to life. It has strong lines strengthening the composition. I like the inclusion of the people.

    I like Kath’s 3 pattern pictures which certainly convey light and shadows to create good photographs. Thanks for posting these. I like the photo of the three wheels and the way they’re repeated by their shadows against  the textured wall. Perhaps you should have done a bit of gardening?  My favourite is the shadows of the railings falling on the stairs. They make super shapes. I love back lit photos of autumn trees, but think they look at their best in colour. It depends what effect you want.

    The next three photos from Ian are a bit over my head! I like the last one best of the ladies in the revolving door. One leaving and one entering in their own frame and like Kath pointed out the guy in the middle balancing thing up and looking at the ladies.

     

    #13939
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    Ian McNab
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    ” I definitely think light/shadows have more impact in mono shots.”

    I’d certainly agree with Kath on that. Very strong chiaroscuro can be effective in colour photographs, as Alex Webb and Gueorgui Pinkhassov demonstrate; but the light in England is rarely intense enough for that: you’d need to go to Haiti or Cuba!

    Peter >>> All the photos I’ve put in this thread are mine. The ‘blue cast’ in the building shot is created by setting the white balance to ‘Tungsten’ to emphasize the late-evening light (though it would perhaps have worked better if the people and the inside of the building had been lit with ½CTO-gelled flash).

     

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