Saturday, 11 January 2014

Casting a Shadow

Photo of a silver dish taken on a very bright sunny day.

Time for Donna's monthly party
The subject for January is "shadows".

Donna runs a very professional monthly challenge.
In December she gave us a brief
accompanied by this quote:

In order for the light to shine so brightly,
the darkness must be present.
~ Sir Francis Bacon ~

Donna gave us heaps of tips and suggestions
plus links to photographic sites like
this and this
to inspire us to think about what we

This photo and the one below I found in my archives.
Both were taken in the late afternoon
on a walk through Cornwall Park.

I used Pixlr to sharpen both photos with
Hagrid effect.

This photo reminds me of the shadow games
we played on the wall as children
do you remember those?

I use a basic “Point and Shoot” 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 with a Leica lens.

Thank you Donna for hosting.
I enjoyed spending a couple of hours
doing my 'photo shoot'!
I'm learning more with each new challenge!
Please pop over to Donna's blog
and see what the other participants have put up!
Better still join in - I'm sure every blogger
has a few shadow photos in the archives.

Thank you dear friends
for visiting and for your kind comments.

Merci à bientôt
be kind to one another!



  1. I love the first one. Very creative. Great job!

  2. I especially like the tree shadows- such an interesting pattern!

  3. Cool shadows! I especially love the lacy shadow cast by the silver dish. Good spotting!

  4. Good spotting! I especially like the top photo, the silver dish casting a lovely lacy shadow.

  5. Beautifully done Shane! I love them all but the silver bowl is beautiful in itself and casts a sharp shadow. The rose is a bonus. The tree shadow is excellent.

  6. That silver dish is perfect for creating a lace-like shadow! Great thinking on that one. And since I am a big fan of trees, I absolutely adore the long, distinct shadows in the second photo. There is textural interest in both halves of the frame. And the shadow play with your l-o-n-g legs is a very creative selfie! And shadow games are fun no matter what age we may be!

    Thank you so much for your sweet words of appreciation for the monthly challenges. It is a labor of love for this artistic medium and a gift for my dear blogging friends. I am thrilled that you and the other participants are learning and enjoying themselves!

  7. Lovely photos. I really liked them all. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  8. The challenges have really been fun and given us a chance to think about the photos we take. I love the trees casting shadows on the green grass. And the pink rose adds so much beauty to your silver tray. LOVE the long shadows, too. I'm going to try to capture that the next time I am at the beach! Hugs!

  9. One doesn't quite know where the shadow and dish leave off...very cool. I like your tree shadows on green lawn. Ever so pretty! At last, a glimpse of you!

  10. Really lovely photos all dear Shane!!!
    LIGHT is my one little word for the year and I am always drawn to shadows too...
    the yin and yang of life it seems
    January (((hugs))) to you

  11. Great job on this challenge. I love the trees.

  12. Dearest Shane,
    Since I just managed to scan ALL our slides, I'm not yet looking for making more... First I have to put them all in files and work on them. We have so many tasks to do but precious memories need to be SAVED!
    Your shadow photos are very special and come also with fond memories.
    Hugs and happy weekend to you.

  13. I do love shooting with shadows. Your silouhette photo reminded me of some we did this summer at the lake. A sweet memory of a much warmer day!

  14. Your shadow photoes are so fantastic dear Shane,-the bowl creates the most lovely pattern on the table, and the long shadows from the two persons is a wonderful game, still is when I walk with Mathilde :-)
    The one from the park with trees is also a master piece .There are so many things to be thankful for with the sun!!!
    Dear ,have a wonderful weekend-hugs from Dorthe-xx

  15. Gorgeous photos. I have a problem sometimes with too much sun and hence shadows but I can see how it can be used to advantage!

  16. Very interesting, Shane; very good pictures, well done :-)

  17. Each one is wonderfully creative!

  18. Gorgeous photos Shane - I love the effect of the shadows they cast - you have captured it perfectly. It can be really interesting to learn all about the different aspects of photography, we just need more time to do it :-) Happy weekend to you x0x

  19. Great shots! Thanks for sharing them. Interesting how shadows are different, during different seasons.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

  20. I never would have thought to take pictures of shadows! What a great challenge (which you met admirably, btw).

  21. I like the fancy shadow from the silver dish and the tree seems to be reaching out to us. I'm loving all the shadows on stilts being shared.

  22. Beautifully done! The silver bowl is a great idea for shadow casting. I just joined in the challenge and am enjoying all the links. I look forward to seeing more!

  23. Jumping up and down here Shane!!!Hahaaaa....LOVE the one with the Pink Rose!! It's absolutely gorgeous!
    All your photos are but that one really grabs me!!

  24. Love your photos dear Shane....and Bacon's quote is perfect! Such a beautiful rose - it would dry perfectly I think.

    I'm late here as I was without power/Internet from early yesterday afternoon when a huge storm came through (we were under a tornado watch!) and knocked everything out when many trees came down around town -not here thank goodness! Storms and yet 70F making it so warm and odd feeling - weather continues to be crazy.

    Thanks for the get-well wishes, I am doing better this morning, it's cooler again AND the sun is shining. Internet must have come back in the night.

    Love the long shadows in the park - didn't know you were so tall, haha!!!

    Happy day dear friend - Mary

  25. Great photos, Shane. I really like the shadows of the silver dish, made even prettier by the addition of the pink rose. And the shadow shot of you and your husband (I suppose) is almost identical to one I took of me and mine. Those long legs are really something!

  26. Great photos Shane and a happy New Year. The rose in your silver tray looks wonderful Shirley

  27. Oh wow I love your shadow photo,s the silver dish is beautiful .

  28. I'm not sure which I favor the most--they are all wonderful examples of shadow. I might just like the trees the most --maybe it's all that green that pleases my eye!

  29. These are wonderful...well done!

  30. Dear Shane,

    I love your beautiful photos taken with the shadows - the rose and the silver dish and your tall shadows.
    I am always fascinated with shadows and the interesting look they can give.
    Wishing you a happy new week

  31. Nice photos! I especially like the one of the trees. It looks so inviting and the shadows add that little bit of mystery that always entices us. :)

  32. Pretty silver dish and pink rose ! I may try to link up to the "personal photo challenge' next time - thanks !

  33. Love your photos and I might have to explore playing too.

  34. you have done well capturing the shadows. How nice to have a few hours to just take photos! enjoy!
    Have a wonderufl week, and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

  35. Beautiful photos and a gorgeous silver dish.

  36. Your photos are great, Shane. I love capturing shadows and light. I'm never happy when I get a family member to takes photos now as they don't see the whole picture, don't think about placement, that kind of thing. I've gotten so used to using my iPhone for all my photos (accidentally used it when I send the photos to Maureen for the guest post -- I should have used my good camera, plus it was a dark and rainy day so no natural light). Usually I only use my big camera when we are traveling and I want to get really nice landscape shots. Hope you are having a great week. Tammy

  37. Such beautiful photos, Shane! and such an interesting challenge. I will be thinking more of shadows now whenever I take photos. Thank you for that!

  38. The rose in the silver dish -- that's very elegant. It lounges there, resting. And the tree shadow on the grass is lovely too.



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