Friday, July 30, 2010

Shadows and Patterns

Strong, shadows, subtle shadows, shadow shapes and today: shadows and patterns.  Next to reflections, shadows are one of my favorite self assignments to photograph.
Remember the dog on the 'lace' sidewalk in Valparaiso, Chile?  Well, I decided to include this photo of what I saw initially  from above. Especially from this high perspective, it is easy to see the fence's lacy shadow cast  on the bricks.
(Canon EOS 5-D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm, 1/60 @ f 11, ISO 200)  

This lantern image was made in Namibia at the Mushara lodge. Tired from a long day of safari and full from a wonderful meal, I headed back to my room for a good night's sleep.  However, on my way back to my room I was so taken with the beautiful patterns made by the lanterns along the way, I extended my full day of photography into the night! I think the shots I made were worth missing a few hours of sleep...  (Canon EOS 5-D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm, 1/8 sec. @ f 5.6, ISO 1600)

This is shot I had previsualized and set up in the studio to experiment.  In fact, I ended up with dozens of images of springs and their shadows after hours of play.  I like the simplicity of this one best.  Looking at an ordinary spring from the top, it looks like concentric circles of metal.  Hit it with strong side light and the fun curly Q patterns emerge!  (Canon EOS 1-D Mark II, 50 mm lens, 1/100 sec. @ f 16, ISO 200)

And, finally, back in Namibia at the diamond mining ghost town of Kolmanskop.  The shadows in this deserted house were enough to give anyone a migraine!  This scene reminded me of something from the twilight zone.  Had I been there on a cloudy day, I never would have brought this interesting shadow pattern image home with me.
(Canon EOS 5-D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm, 1/100 sec. @ f 16, ISO 400)

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