This week, Patti asks me to explore the interplay of light and shadow–at different times of the day, in different seasons, under natural light, in artificial light. She encouraged me to choose whatever conditions I like. I will look at processing some images in black & white.
My film days started at age nine. I had all my photos printed in black & white. In my twenties I started using Kodachrome. My catalog is filled with silhouettes, shadow designs, and backlit images.
Photographers are often left out of family photos. When I realized this I started taking shadow selfies just to show that I was there.
Eventually, I started having friends join me.
You can see this in the design subject created by shadows.
These photo challenges allow me to take another look at the images I have captured over the years. I hope you enjoyed the journey in Light and Shadows.
As the temperature rises here in Fair Oaks, California everyone is attempting to stay out of the sun. My next challenge comes from Ann-Christine. How do our photographs use light? This time I look for photographs that use shade and shadows.
Looking through my library I notice that I take many more shadow images. But working with some of my images I now see that the contrast of shadow and sun can highlight a subject.
Thank you for following along in my photographic journey. And if you decide to step into the sunlight be sure to protect your skin.
I enjoy my days out shooting with my friends. But before I can even upload my images many images are posted online. Then I upload my pictures, and I am a bit disappointed in my work. I close up the computer and take care of all kinds of other things.
A interesting thing happens when I next see the pictures. I weed out the usual photos taken by others, and I like what I have captured. This may be a confidence thing or more likely my images have to grow on me.
I played around using Topaz Texture Affects on this image. Not sure which I like better.
Fun, friends and photography. Now I enjoy sharing my images. Have a great weekend!
Apple Hill, located midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, is the destination for my adventure with my Senior Photo Friends.
There is a direct route to Apple Hill. Get on Highway 50 (east). Get off at Apple Hill exits. But when I travel with my friends we meander and find interesting spots. Quiet spot and crisp air signals a change in seasons.
The stillness of the river provides a perfect opportunity for this yellow kayak.
Apple Hill supports many family orchards, wineries, and farms. At this time of year pumpkins abound, and all things apple are available. In the past, I brought my kids up to a U-Pick farm. On other occasions, my dog Libby joined me for a day in the country. Today, my camera set my focus.
These three will not end up in an Apple Pie, Walking Pie, or Caramel Apple. I like the texture and warm colors.
Pumpkin patch located at the Boa Vista Orchards.
The Larsen Apple Barn is one of my favorite spots for photography. This water wheel provides an interesting setting. This year there is no water. Drought is making its point here in Northern California.
With this photograph I tried my hand at HDR (High Dynamic Range). I also used Topaz Detail to process this image.
I love the colors in this photograph. When I take a photograph I often look up additional information. In this case, I wanted to find out more about this colorful flower. This flower Gaillardia, or Blanket flower is a good choice for hot, drought conditions. This perennial is related to the Sunflower family and attracts butterflies, and bees.
The area behind the museum at Larsen’s Apple Barn provided great photo possibilities. Love the front of this old truck. Can’t help but see a face with lots of character.
Another old farm vehicle that I photographed and processed using HDR.
Late afternoon shadows captured.
Not a “Selfie”, but you can tell I was there!
Just liked the way this composition spoke to me.
We ended our day at the High Hill Ranch where many crafters were selling their art work.
Apple Hill is very busy on the weekends with more farms open, crafts sold, and wine tasted. I enjoyed the less hectic time to get out and take photos.