light and shadow 2

"because you don't notice the light without a bit of shadow. everything has both dark and light. you have to play with it till you get it exactly right.”

― libba bray, a great and terrible beauty


light and shadow....such polar opposites....and yet, they can work together in tandem to create beautiful images. light is a beacon of sort, guiding your eyes to take in its glorious shine. at the same time, interwoven in, around and throughout are potential intriguing mysteries and hidden treasures in the shadow. one showcases the star, one understates with subtly.


i'm sharing two images in this blog. in both images, it is my hope that they will help you grasp an appreciation of how light and shadow can help elevate an image; beyond just a pretty image to an image that truly moves you in some way.


this image was taken on st. anthony main street in northeast minneapolis. i think i've said in another blog that this area is one of my favorite places to make images.


light and shadow surround tulip

i initially was making an image of the tulips in this curbside planting box against the minneapolis skyline. as the sun continued its descent toward the horizon, i became enamored of what was happening deeper into the scene of the scene i was making an image of. this one tulip that was the "runt" of his family began to take on a luminous shine. random leaves and stems were also taking on a glow. equally as captivating was the shadow that helped to lift the luminance of the scene. in another type of light and shadow interplay, i felt the muted colors of the red tulips made a great framing effect to add some additional color "light" along with the lone orange/red petals in the sea of green "shadow".


this second image was made a week later, also in the st. anthony main street area and just a short distance away from these tulips. i was along the mississippi river looking across to the gold medal flour sign, the guthrie theater and the surrounding area. i'll be sharing other images made there in a future blog. i wanted to see what the sunset would look like from there and it was a stunner as well!



sunset over the gold medal flour sign

once again, the eye is drawn to where the sun is hitting the sign and the buildings in a cool three tiered effect. also popping out are the scrolling sign stacks of the guthrie theater. and yes, it is a scrolling type sign if you are not familiar with the area there. i tried to no avail to make an image where both said "guthrie" in its entirety. in hindsight, i wish i had tried to get "theater" fully exposed on the right one with "guthrie" exposed on the left but that, too, would have a near impossibility.


the light of the sun on the sign and buildings is enhanced by the shadow in the rest of the scene. yet in the shadow of the guthrie theater lies another light and shadow scenario. in the lower left is part of a railing along the sheer drop to the river that is lit up by a lamp post. in the overall shadow in the scene, even as the eye is drawn naturally to the areas of light, there is enough visibility in the shadow to pique interest in seeing what is there. it is harder to see in this small image but click on the image and it will expand into a larger view.


light and shadow work well together. i love finding opportunities where i can make images that incorporate both light and shadow. i'll end this blog with part of the quote from above to remind us all, "you have to play with it till you get it exactly right.”


what do you think? did the images i shared help to reinforce the idea of light and shadow complimenting each other in terms of drawing the eye? your eye specifically? i'd love to hear if i achieved that for you. share your comments in the comment section below regarding that or anything that you wish to share about this blog and/or the images. i love to read the comments and respond to them personally!


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