Jun 042010

ISO 800; f/5.8; 1/160; 11:34am; Canon SD950IS  (shadow area dodged)

ISO 800; f.5.8; 1/160; 11:35am; Canon SD950IS (high contrast black & white preset)

I apologize that both of these photos are so grainy.  I know now that I should have taken advantage of manual mode and selected the ISO.  I confess that I took these 2 months ago.. but when I saw this assignment, I decided I had to post them.  I do plan on going out and getting more shadow photos as it is not hard to do here.

So, let me tell you how I made these.  We were sitting at sunny window table at the Surprise, AZ Starbucks drinking our respective Latte (Carl) and Cappuchino (me).  I looked up at the wall and saw Carl as big as day on the wall.  Naturally I lost all thread of the conversation because I’m pulling out my camera going, “Wait, wait, hold the coffee cup to your mouth!  No don’t look at me …. turn, turn yes!”  Click.  “Oh, don’t move!”  Well that was all I got.  My “model” quit on me… so I moved onto the next photo.

The second photo is the shadow of the door decal projected onto that same wall.  The interesting thing is that if you look at the door, the letters are backwards because the decal greets the incoming traffic… but because this is a shadow it is broadcast on the wall correctly.

Neither photo is that great and given the opportunity, I’d make a more serious effort to capture this type of shadow image.

  5 Responses to “Friday Assignment: Shadows”

  1. It must be one of those “dont bother me till I`ve had my coffee” moments. LOL Nice capture.

  2. I really like what you did here. The dodging worked so well and the shape is so defined. Great work!

  3. I wasn’t as successful going out to get shots as I’d had hoped. Temps are getting high here… 106F on Saturday, 111F yesterday. Supposed to be hot for the next few days, finally cooling down to 98 or so by next weekend. Must learn to get up and out early.

  4. Oh those tempermental models – always quiting just when you need them! I love that you saw the potential in the shadows and captured the moment – they’re really nice. I’m looking forward to seeing your next shadow shots.

  5. I like these a bit grainy…adds just a bit of texture to both of them! These are both great…I love that first one, what a simple recognizable shape! You did wonderful!

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