Wrapping up the ‘Shadows’ Photo Assignment

Paper Shade Shadows. Canon 50mm macro, 1/400th sec @ f5.6, ISO 100. This is actually a color photograph, without any real color present. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Paper Shade Shadows. Canon 50mm macro, 1/400th sec @ f5.6, ISO 100. This is actually a color photograph, without any real color present. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Thanks to all of you that submitted an image for our ‘Shadows’ photo assignment. The assignment task stated:

SHADOWS must play an important role in your composition. I don’t care whether a dramatic shadow is your entire composition OR simply an element in an otherwise interesting photo: you must compose and use shadows in your shot. Remember: all photography is dependent upon light. And where there is light, there are usually shadows! So go out and make us a truly great shadow photograph!

We had several interesting photographs submitted for this one. Here are a couple of my favorites:

‘Untitled,’ by StacyD.

Untitled, by StacyD. I like the edge treatment and the blue shadow, which I think works with the rough, textural feel of the image.

Untitled, by StacyD. I like the edge treatment and the blue shadow, which I think works with the rough, textural feel of the image.

‘Untitled,’ by Enivea.

Untitled, by Enivea. This is good visual observation, a nice image.

Untitled, by Enivea. This is good visual observation, a nice image.

If you’ve followed the blog for any length of time, you already know how much I like appropriate cropping. Here’s a new version of Enivea’s nice image with a new crop:

Untitled,, by Enivea, new crop. I think the visual interest and tension is stronger with the focal point of the image (the light fixture) place more off center. Here's one possibility.

Untitled,, by Enivea, new crop. I think the visual interest and tension is stronger with the focal point of the image (the light fixture) placed more off center. It's one possibility.

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4 Comments on "Wrapping up the ‘Shadows’ Photo Assignment"

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  1. Ashley says:

    I have always been intrigued by shadow photography. I think it changes the whole element of the picture. I have taken a few just playing around with my camera. I really like the unique way the blinds turned out with the shadows… i took one of the shadows of the blinds off my wall and it came out very neat to look at. It almost looks like real blinds made out of a shadow.

  2. belimbach says:

    Good choice with StacyD’s image, I was immediately exited when I saw the image in the forum. The frame looks familiar, at least with some apps on the iPhone (Camera+ for example). But I also like that kind of frame and I used it for couple of images I shot with my iPhone.

    The crop of Enivea’s image makes it quite different and more appealing. And as you say, it’s on example.

    BTW, I still like my contribution to the shadow assignment. 😉
    It definitely is worth to have a look in the forum for the images, for example, Joe’s image of the shadow of the two bikers is fabulous!

    Now I am wondering what’ll be next… I guess we will see…

  3. We had a bunch of nice images come in…I’ll be interested to see what you do with the new assignment, Bernd!

  4. Same here Andrew. 🙂
    Already put in some thoughts and came up with a variety of possibilities.

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