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

 

Cemetery in the mist

The lure of a photographic opportunity is never far behind on a misty morning. I’m lucky to live a few minutes walk from the local cemetery. The oldest part of the cemetery dates back to the 1880’s and looks fantastically eerie in the right light and mist. There are tree lined avenues, old stones, monuments and old Victoria era monuments in the oldest part of the cemetery, bent over, broken and sunk into the earth at odd angles. It really is a great place for some beautiful images.

To me cemeteries bring home my own mortality, we are here for a very brief length of time. Some longer than others. We are all on different journeys but ultimately will are all headed for the same destination.

 

Staveley Cemetery – The Avenue of the Dead

 

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Staveley Cemetery – Gothic Angel