February 28, 2017 at 11:18 am #13779March 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm #13790
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.March 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm #13794
…and here’s my nod to André Kertész (as in Peter’s example selection), done 3 or 4 years agoMarch 6, 2017 at 7:51 pm #13799
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.March 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm #13807
Thanks very much, Peter. And as you mention fireworks…
…and a bride:March 13, 2017 at 9:11 pm #13870
Here’s a few more for your consideration..March 19, 2017 at 10:11 am #13896
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.March 21, 2017 at 6:16 am #13907March 21, 2017 at 4:56 pm #13908
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!
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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.March 26, 2017 at 11:30 am #13935
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.March 29, 2017 at 10:54 am #13939
” 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).March 30, 2017 at 6:08 am #13941
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