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Bright and contrasty

Bright and contrasty

A day of bright sunshine and harsh shadows, I tried to show this in my image… not sure it works, this photograph is a bit too ‘busy’.



  1. I can feel the heat from that strong sun, Sue. I am surprised to see the young man wearing a jacket.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. The sharp shadow of the balcony feels almost like a threat…

  3. It definitely works for me, Sue – I especially like that you have picked out the earphone cable against the shadow.

  4. Strong shadows indeed. Looking at it I wonder if it would work better if you cropped close to the figure on the left (as I am looking at it) and also removed the shadow at the bottom – so crop close to the pavement. If you did this you would keep the wonderful pattern of the porch support, and the porch itself plus the figure and his shadow. Dunno. Just a thought – I have had a go at it and I think it is less busy, but of course you’d lose the symmetry of the doors and windows, but then they aren’t exactly symmetrical anyway. Interesting Sue.

    • Sue

      Before you posted your comment, I had been playing with the image and cropping the right side out, which works better for me…I shall post later! Thanks for your thoughts, as I said in the post, the image is too ‘busy’ as it stands…

      • I’m very wary of causing offence to anyone by critiquing their work, but I figured you were inviting comments about the composition. The quality, is of course, brilliant as usual. And, yes, I also had a go at the right!

      • Sue

        You figured right, Jude!

    • Very interesting and also for me a helpful remark, Jude – and especially as I saw the cropped version first! 🙂

  5. Quite a dramatic image, Sue. Looks like he’s going to get sandwiched between the deep shadows. Hope he comes out the other side. 🙂

  6. Hot indeed. In many ways. Interesting to see your repost as well.

    • Sue

      So do you like the first, or the adapted image, A-C? I should have put my brain in gear before I posted the first! But then again, it shows a thought process…..

      • I liked the first one, but also the second, revised one. They tell different stories. I quite liked the “hangover” shadow to the right in the first one. In the second one, he has no choice but being swallowed by the shadow…

      • Sue

        They do tell different stories, yes!

  7. It seems I’m not the only one who wondered about the possibility of cropping the right side!

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