The Shadow Knows

Besides finding interesting ice formations, winter is a great time to play with shadows. With enough snow, the low angle of the sun makes this something you can do almost all day. Just recently I posted a forest landscape with shadows that brought out the contours and the silky texture of the snowpack. You can also use a landscape view to emphasize the contours of the objects casting the shadows. Apple trees are perfect for this kind of thing because they’re so gnarled and twisted.

Winter orchard

If you start to limit the angle of view with shadow photos, you can bring an abstract art quality to the image that is especially fun to play with.

Elegance of the Forest

Symptom of the Universe

Playing with processing is part of creating an even more dramatic image. Here is a light selenium tone treatment. I chose this technique to preserve the feeling of lightness I get from the photo. The delicacy of the shadows and the birch. Traditional monochrome or sepia didn’t preserve the mood so I tried different things until I found something that worked. Never be afraid to experiment!

Immersive moments

Man made objects can work for this as well like this bench I found in a small park in Manchester, NH.

Benchmade

And of course you don’t have to convert everything to monochrome. Even in the dead of winter there are subtleties of color to capture. The sun had barely risen when I found these tracks winding through the trees; the warm yellow sky reflects beautifully in the snow.

Step softly

Even a tiny fern sprig can be interesting with the right background. I just love the differences in intensity between the shadowed snow and the lit snow.

Beguiling

I was struck by the geometry in this next scene and so perched on a large rock to frame a more abstract view of how the shadows and reflections intersect with the trees themselves.

Morning intersections

So if winter hasn’t drawn to a close where you are, maybe try some shadow play yourself.

 

 

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5 responses

  1. realgirl2

    The quality of the 6th one is out of the ordinary, it really gives you a chill up your spine doesn’t it. Did you take it?😊

    RealGirl2 x

    April 5, 2015 at 7:05 am

    • Thanks. I took all the photos on this blog. That one was from a few years ago and it was a really beautiful morning.
      Thanks Pat. Lucky for me I keyword extensively or I wouldn’t have been able to find most of the pictures.

      April 6, 2015 at 7:01 am

      • realgirl2

        That’s okay😊

        RealGirl2 xox

        April 6, 2015 at 7:10 am

  2. Pat

    Beautiful shadow series.

    April 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm

  3. Wonderful photo series. I especially like the black and whites. 🙂

    April 6, 2015 at 10:47 am

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