A fan of shadows at Playa Blanca

Fan shadow
A ‘fan of shadows’

My last entry was about ‘playing with the light’ at Playa Blanca in Lanzarote. Strong light not only brings contrast to an image but very often shadows as well; so this post concentrates on the shadows and how they can be used to either enhance or be a fundamental part of the composition.

Shadow abstract
The sun lounger cast an interesting shadow – a fish or shark perhaps?
Shadows through the opening
Shadows through an opening in the wall
Chair shadow
The shadow of a chair cast on a tiled floor
Gate shadow
A shadow of  gate
Rake shadow
Shadow of a rake
A fan of shadows
Another shot of the ‘fan of shadows’

These may not be great images but the combination of light and shade, particularly in monochrome, have a certain something about them. They would in my opinion not work in colour. This series of pictures are all about texture, shape, form and how the shadows are absolutley key to the composition.  If nothing else taking and processing these images all help train the eye to see. After the all camera is simply a tool to record the shot. It’s the person looking through the viewfinder and pressing the shutter who is the true creator.

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