Welcome to episode 24 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! After some really cool responses to last week’s challenge of Human Impact, I thought it would be good to do something completely different.
Shadow is a key attribute of good photos, as it helps paint the scene and set the mood, even more than light will at times. For good photography, it is important to pay attention to shadows and notice how they help compose the image that we really want to show to the viewer. An excellent article that goes into how shadow can be used to work the various aspects of a photo is http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/tips-for-using-shadows-in-photography/
So, my challenge to you is to become more aware of shadows; this doesn’t mean that you have to go all serious and deep, as a photo that uses shadow can be playful…
Walking around in Brno, I noticed the shadow cast by this spout and found it somewhat amusing; then I mused… can we use it to tell the time?
For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:
Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
Let’s see what lurks in the shadows! I’m looking forward to your creations!
This image was captured with a Fuji X-T1 using a Fujifilm 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 XF R LM OIS WR lens. Exposure settings were f/10 at 1/250 second and 400 ISO.
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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14 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Shadow”
some of my shadows 🙂
Awesome! You are so prepared!
Hi Frank — I managed to find some time to do a post for this challenge. Some older photos that I think really hit it well. Cheers!
An excellent post! Thank you!
Thanks Frank. It was a good theme for the challenge.
Just submitted my entry …… thought I’d get in early this week before life takes over !!! My tap picture looks a lot like your pipe, but in my defence, I did take this shot several weeks back !!!! Great minds and all that 🙂
Looks fantastic. I can relate to life (work) taking over, as I am now on my way back home!
We need to work out how to run parallel lives !! 🙂
Looks like I’m caught up with work and things around the house (almost); now back to a bit of blogging 🙂