Readers Photo Challenge: Beyond a shadow of a doubt

Readers Photo Challenge: Beyond a shadow of a doubt

“Shadows” was the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. Although a shadow is intangible and has no weight or substance in and of itself, optically it can carry a lot of heft in a photo and can make a bold visual statement. Seventeen readers sent in 59 photos.

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Jessica Flores of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 11 to photograph the shadows of a set of elephant sculptures at her home.

Jessica Flores of Stockton set up her shadow photo in her driveway. She used an Apple iPhone 11 to photograph a set of wooden elephant sculptures that she received as a gift from her bother-in-law. Shooting down from above, we can see the backs of the elephants but the shadows caused by the late afternoon sun create perfect silhouettes of the parading pachyderms on the pavement.

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Angelina Tomelioso of Lathrop used a Nikon D3400 DSLR camera of flowers she picked in her backyard and placed on her fence.

Angelina Tomelioso of Lathrop of made her shadow picture from flowers she picked in her backyard. She hung a single gazania blossom on a fence. She hung a single gazania blossom on a fence. With her Nikon D3400 DSLR, she shot from below with the late afternoon sun creating a bold outline of the flower on the textured fence.

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Carolyn Silva of Jackson of a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph a woodpecker on a tree under the shadow of a nearby oak tree in her backyard.

Silhouettes were also acceptable for this challenge since a silhouette is just the shadow side of a subject. Carolyn Silva of Jackson actually got both shadow and silhouette in a single image with her Nikon D7500 DSLR. In her backyard Jackson has set up bare manzanita branches next to a birdbath which is under a nearby oak tree. A woodpecker perched on the branches shaded by the tree. Exposing for the background, the bird and branches go dark while the out of focus grassy hill beyond provides a gauzy, colorful backdrop for which her subject to stand out against.

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Justin Grant used an Apple iPhone 8 to photograph the shadow of his bike created by the light reflecting off of his kitchen window.

Justin Grant of Stockton was getting ready for a bike ride when he saw a play of light and shadow before him. In his driveway, morning sunlight came over a fence creating a shadow of his bike on the left. At the same time the light reflected off of his kitchen window making a shadow of his bike on the right side as well, which he captured it all on his Apple iPhone 8.

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Angela Weaver of Stockton used a LG Stylo 4 smartphone in a waterproof case to photograph her 11-year-old son Adian Giraldez as he swims underwater at their backyard pool.

Angela Weaver of Stockton used a LG Stylo 4 smartphone in a to photograph her 11-year-old son Adian Giraldez in their backyard pool. As Adian swam beneath the surface she held her phone, in a waterproof case, under the water. Not only did Weaver captured her son’s shadow on the pool floor, but the web of light and shadows from the moving waters of the pool.

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Cynthia Barker of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 8 Plus to photograph the shadow of a gate at her home as her dog Beauty peeks through.

Cynthia Barker of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 8 Plus to photograph pattern of shadows as the morning sun streamed through a gate at her home. The long shadows on the ground lead the eye up to her dog “Beauty” who is peeking back at her thought the slats of the gate.

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Ann Jayne of Tracy used a Samsung S10 smartphone to photograph a photographer on the coast at Bandon, Oregon.

In photography, serendipity is when luck gives you just the right thing to complete your image. Ann Jayne of Tracy was in the town of Bandon on the Oregon coast waiting to take a picture of a sunset. The scene was pretty enough with the rugged outcroppings of the rocky shoreline and the warm glow of the sinking sun when another photographer walked into view. Instead of cursing the person for getting in the way, Jayne photographed him in the scene with her Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone and used him as a visual focal point for her composition.

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Tom LaBounty of Stockton sued a Sony A7r4 mirrorless digital camera to photograph the shadow of a model bicycle illuminated by a flashlight at his home.

Tom LaBounty of Stockton created his shadow picture by simply using a flashlight. He shined the light on a model of bicycle which cast its shadow on an interior wall of his home. It was then just a simple matter of LaBounty photographing the shadow with his Sony A7r4 mirrorless digital camera.

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All of the entries can be seen in an online gallery at recordnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued on August 18.

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