One of my plans for my photography this year is to really get to grips with light and shadow. To this end, I will probably need to take more monochrome images – stripped of colour distractions, I should pay more attention to the light (I hope), and I am going to return to shooting manual more often. I have got lazy, and tend to use aperture priority or shutter priority depending on the subject. Back in the days… I only ever used manual mode all the time I shot film (up until 1997), as I only ever had that facility with my Canon FT, and later Nikon FM2.

Anyway, back to the title…the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Shadowed

I have chosen an image taken in Shoreditch, London, of a saxophone player under an archway. The light was very strong on one side, and nicely shadowy on the other…. I liked the chiaroscuro effect on the man’s face:



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  1. Yes, it’s a good strong image, Sue. 🙂

  2. That’s a great word! I have to confess I had to look it up. Contrasting effects of light and shade in a work of art.. definitely chiaroscuro. As Jo says, it’s a strong image! Glad to hear you’re going to be using manual mode more Sue, it should give you much greater control over preserving shadow detail and not blowing out skies and hightlights in pursuit more chiaroscuro effects. 😀
    Did you work in Shoreditch Sue? I taught at Central Foundation Boy’s School for a while so it’s an area I know quite well! 🙂

    • Apropos manual mode, we’ll see how it goes…trouble is, for street photography I have to be quick to react and I’m not sure I’ll manage so well (MS has definitely had an effect on my concentration and mental agility!) and as for Shoreditch, no I never worked there but in the last year or so I have found it a rich area for street photography

  3. A great product shot of the sax—beautiful light.

  4. Perfect for the challenge, Sue. “Chiaroscuro”……….what a splendid new word for me too. 🙂

  5. This is a nice and yet very subtle effect you’ve captured here; it looks really natural. The closer I look the more I see various details that really play into this. Such as the fact that he is playing into the light, okay and obvious one. But then there’s the sun-like graffiti behind him that is positioned just above the “opening” (sorry I don’t know the official term) of his sax. If I had to guess there’s a heart inside that symbol? He has his back to the shadows while he plays into the light. His seriousness speaks to his passion for his craft. This tells a story…:)

  6. Suzanne

    Great shot Sue, I think you are succeeding in your aims already

  7. As others have already said thus is a good image, the more I look at it the more I see. Love the moody atmosphere and the graffiti contributes to this, though it’s not immediately obvious. This would be a great album cover!

  8. Excellent and very strong – image – composition and the monochrome is perfectly suited giving the shot a certain feel and yes mood.

  9. Very nice! The shadows definitely add to the shot.

  10. Love the image you produced for this challenge…The lighting is just terrific.

  11. Great composition Sue, very strong and I can almost hear that sax. I think going B&W brings out the detail.

  12. How could he not like this! Fantastic use of light and shadow…makes for a moody and dramatic image. Love it! Just wish we could hear him play!

  13. a very strong image Sue!! Wonderful!!

  14. Very nice portrait for the challenge. I love black and white for this kind of shot.

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