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Light and Shadow

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Harsh directional lighting isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes the photographer can use of this kind of light to his/her advantage as can be seen in the examples below.

[caption id="attachment_2398" align="alignleft" width="300"]Lamp and Shadow Click on image for more info.[/caption]Side lighting from the late afternoon sun created an interesting shadow in this image of a lamp taken in Holbrook, Arizona.

[caption id="attachment_2394" align="alignleft" width="300"] Click on image for more info.[/caption] This photograph was taken in the Petrified Forest near Holbrook, Arizona. The vehicle's shadow is an interesting abstract element which adds balance to the image.

[caption id="attachment_2352" align="alignleft" width="300"]Arches NP IV Click on image for more info.[/caption]Axis lighting occurs when the sun is low and behind you. The shadow of a sandstone mound adds drama and visual interest to this image which was taken late afternoon at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah..

[caption id="attachment_1736" align="alignleft" width="300"]Glasses and Coffee Cup Click on image for more info.[/caption]Sometimes you don't have to leave home to find interesting subject matter. Long shadows photographed from above add visual interest to this photo taken as the early morning light entered my living room.

[caption id="attachment_1735" align="alignleft" width="300"]Glass Sphere in Light and Shadow Click on image for more info.[/caption]A tiny shaft of light from a small window projected a round white "shadow" onto the wall while the crystal ball itself remains mostly in darkness save for some surface reflections that help reveal its shape.

[caption id="attachment_1734" align="alignleft" width="300"]Coffee Cup in Light and Shadow Click on image for more info.[/caption]The diagonal shaft of light helps energize this composition while the shadows of the coffee cups enhance the light/dark effect. This was taken on my kitchen counter at home.

[caption id="attachment_2143" align="alignleft" width="198"]Arch and Shadow Click on image for more info.[/caption]Shadows are often useful in street photography as well. A person's shadow appeared just before they stepped into the arch and complemented the graphic quality created by the shadow of the arch. This photo was taken in the Old Town section of Albuquerque, New Mexico.