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Light and Shadow

  Light and Shadow 1b
Light and Shadow 1b
Adobe stairway; late-afternoon light; 24mm lens; Fuji Velvia
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Darrin E. Boone     Kind of spooky.


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4/13/2004 8:13:31 AM

 
Frank P. Luongo
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Great shot! Strong shadows gives picture depth.
Frank


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10/13/2004 1:22:41 PM

 
Kerry Drager
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Hi Darrin and Frank: Thanks for taking the time to comment ... I appreciate it!!
Kerry

P.S. Some shooting strategies:

Time of Day
Strong sunlight during late day (or early day) provides great opportunities to catch shadow shots. I first found this stairway at a historic adobe in midday ... but the direct overhead sunlight was flat and uninteresting: few shadows and none of the warm tones that you see here. I returned when the light was right.

Exposure
This sort of scene - with its great mixture of brights and darks - can be quite a metering challenge. Here's how I handled it:

  • I took a substitute reading off a middle tone in the sunlight - precisely, by metering off a sunlit patch of ground that's outside the picture area. Taking an alternate reading can be done either by spot metering, or by moving closer and filling up the viewfinder with the midtone.
  • Next, I locked in those substitute settings, re-composed my picture, and fired away.


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    10/13/2004 1:40:18 PM

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    Kelly Heaton
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    Nice Capture! Thank you for the tip!


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    10/14/2004 4:19:16 AM

     
    Kerry Drager
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    Hi Kelly: Thanks for commenting ... I'm glad you like this photo!
    Kerry


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    10/14/2004 8:20:35 AM

     
    Sonya Turner  

    Great shot! I love the natural look and the lighting!


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    12/3/2004 3:10:56 PM

     
    Kerry Drager
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    Hi Sonya: Thanks so much for taking the time to comment ... I appreciate it! And I'm pleased you like this image!!
    Kerry


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    12/3/2004 3:21:19 PM

     
    Bob Cammarata
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    Great use of light and shadow.
    (These types of exposures are a challenge with slide film.)
    Bob


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    12/4/2004 3:54:29 PM

     
    Kerry Drager
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    Hi Bob: Thanks for your message ... I'm glad you like this shot! Yes, you are definitely correct, these "types of exposures" are definitely a challenge with slide film! Thanks again, Bob ...
    Kerry


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    12/4/2004 9:11:40 PM

     
    Rosa  Mathai  

    This is my favorite of your photos!


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    3/22/2005 9:27:38 PM

     
    Kerry Drager
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    Hi Rosa,
    Thanks for your message ... I appreciate it! It's also one of my favorites too!
    Thanks again,
    Kerry


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    3/22/2005 9:31:32 PM

     
    April C. Enders
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    I love the use of light here! I love playing with shadows and light! My fiance doesn't appreciate the beauty of the contrast so much. But I love it!


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    5/6/2006 7:21:48 PM

     
    Kerry Drager
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    Hi April,
    Thanks for the nice comments ... glad you like it!! It's one of my own favorite light-and-shadow shots, too; in fact, this photo has been published in two of my books and has appeared in a number of magazines as well. Thanks again,
    Kerry


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    5/6/2006 11:21:14 PM

     
    Bruce Campbell  

    This is an amazing shot.
    I love the dark gold tones of the photo.
    Just a question... if there was a model standing on the staircase, would any extra light be required so that the face wouldn't get completely blocked by the shadow? if taken in the same angle as above. or would only a silhouette type shot be possible?
    thanks.


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    5/8/2006 2:54:02 AM

     
    Kerry Drager
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    Hi Bruce,
    Thanks for the note ... glad you like my photo! Good question on if there were a person in the photo. It depends: If the model's face were hit by sunlight, it would work just fine. Otherwise, a silhouette might work, assuming the entire person were in shadow (i.e., unless the face were lit, a partially lit body would be distracting) AND set against a bright area (remember, a dark subject would blend in with a dark background). Flash would have lit up a person in the foreground shadow, but then the resulting photo would not have been a light-and-shadow one ... i.e., which is what attracted me to the scene in the first place! Thanks again, Bruce!
    Kerry


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    5/8/2006 7:11:13 AM

     
    Bruce Campbell  

    Thanks for the tip Kerry.
    I love light and shadow pics, keep up the good work.


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    5/8/2006 7:29:37 AM

     
    Kenny Breedlove  

    Great photo. Nice to see some great photography that was apparently done in a darkroom and not computer generated.


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    10/4/2007 7:48:22 AM

     
    Kerry Drager
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    Hi Kenny,
    Thanks for the note - much appreciated! Actually, no darkroom work involved either :-) since this was shot on slide film (although I shoot digital now)!!
    Kerry


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    10/4/2007 7:52:03 AM

     
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