Results Photo Challenge: “Light and Shadow”

In this post, I have put together some truly awesome photos that make strong use of lights and shadows. Creative light and composition were used to become more aware of light and shadows in a picture.

This time I asked for judgments & opinions of my friends Tania Nacif – professional photographer and Debbie Felixson in order to write this blog and showcase some of your best shots. Thank you very much for your help dear friends! In fact we found every submission very inspiring. Congratulations to all participants!!!

This black and white photo of Fred Felder captured the subject “Light and Shadows” the best.
Fred Felder
The captured light & shadows in his picture are the main composition and contrasting elements that created an interesting pattern & atmosphere. Backlighting, which lights foreground elements from the hind part, causes the edges of an object to glow adding an angelic effect and a pure dreamy feel. Amazing is also the fact that all 3 family members (Fred, Nici & Allison) submitted truly awesome pictures that make strong use of lights and shadows:

Nici Felder

by Nici Felder

Allison Felder

by Allison Felder (8 years old)

Besides, the strong use of shadows in color photos tend to be mostly used in silhouettes where the subject is made featureless apart from its outline against a bright background. The silhouette effect can be achieved with any bright light source – some focus on artificial lights, others on the sun at certain times of the day. Often photographers prefer the time around sunset because the sun causes the sky to be brighter than everything else for greater contrast. What’s also interesting is that when the artist aligns the sun directly behind the subject that can cause a glow effect around its outlines.
Paul von der Heyden´s picture caught our attention due to the play of light that created those amazing shadows – those almost surreal images add a meaningful facet to a photograph.

 Paul von der Heyden

Also I want to mention the picture with the most “Likes” which is from Nike Martiné:
Nike Martiné

The shadow of the crab enhanced the relationship to the subject.

The reason to have these challenges is to work on an assignment, share ideas and learn from others. The next one will be coming up soon. Stay tuned.