Shooting the Shadows

Light impacts what we see and how we see it. it is the fundamental thing that brings photography to life.

In a lot of photographs it is the lighting that makes or doesn’t make an image work. Knowing how to work with the light will help enormously in capturing photographs that come alive.

The absence of light, darkness, is often overlooked by a lot of photographers because they are too busy concentrating on the light. Shadows play an important role in bringing images to life.

Helping to direct light to a specific point in a composition, shadows can hide and reveal features that you may prefer to be hidden. Shadows also add drama, mood and emotion to the image.

My own style of working with shadows is usually shot during the night or winter mornings when I haven’t the time to photograph on the streets.

Below is a few images of my shadow work.

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Building Light and fences
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Tree Branches
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Building light and fences
Day 03 - Shadows
Sun Shining through a fence
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Evening Sunlight through Window Blinds
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Building Light and fences

 

My Work In Exhibitions

This is my image selected to be exhibited digitally at the Valid World Hall Gallery, located in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. as part of the City Scenes Exhibition between January 25th – 27th 2019

47,295 Images were entered, 62.8 Million Votes Cast. My image – “The Thin Veil” ranked at position 948.

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The Thin Veil

The success of this image has also been seen in the following competitions.

Viewbug Won Contest Finalist in Fantasy In Color Photo Contest – September, 2018
Won Contest Finalist in Spring Fashion Photo Contest 2018 – August, 2018

 

Full Moon and Ambient Light

I never know what I am going to see when i walk home from work, especially during the dark nights of Winter. This image was shot at 17:00 on the 20th December 2018. the way i experience the world in a visual sense means that light plays a massive part in bringing structure the dominant images i see. Here it’s the structure in the clouds making them look angry and how the moonlight filters out of them slowly dying away towards the edges.

I thought the ambient orange glow of the streetlight complemented the glow of the moonlight perfectly. This orange glow reminds me of the Neil Young Song, “Across the Borderline.” Specifically the lyric…..

“There’s a place where I’ve been told 
Every street is paved with gold 
And it’s just across the borderline 
And when it’s time to take your turn 
Here’s a lesson that you must learn 
You could lose more than you’ll ever hope to find”

I think the mood of the image and song match perfectly.

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Cut through alley from Ireland Industrial Estate to Poolsbrook Park