Experiments with chiaroscuro ….

I was feeling a bit wobbly in the early afternoon today, so decided I needed to take it easy….the sun was out a bit, so I had a go with a couple of props experimenting with light and shade..in other words, directional light.

First up, chiaroscuro chick, which got me started on this thread:

….but the light wasn’t falling quite right. So I then tried a carved Buddha:

And finally, with rather more contrast, in the style of Bill Brandt?? This is my favourite, and what I was trying to achieve:

Which do you prefer (if any), and why?





  1. I like the middle picture best. To me it is a near perfect composition and is most pleasing in its forms and shapes. But as people say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. It is just my personal impression.

  2. Like Peter, I prefer the centre shot. But I do have a soft spot for that fluffy llama too. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Any artistic endeavors aside, Sue, I like the first one because it made me smile. πŸ™‚ See? πŸ™‚


  4. Good to listen to our bodies Sue. Hoping you are feeling steadier now. However on the bright side, pun intended, look at these fabulous images. Amazing what light and shadow can do. Not something I have focused on a lot but this certainly inspires me.

    • Sue

      I’ve been balancing on a Sitfit whilst eating my meal…did OK, but wobbly again now! Never mind, I can only do what I can do, one day at a time…
      Anyway, glad I’m an inspiration! 😊

  5. I like the contrasty one too. Hope you’re feeling better tomorrow.

  6. Being a frivolous kind of chick myself, I like the first one, Sue. Nothing to do with the photography. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Sorry you’re on wobbly ground. I have a small present for you tomorrow. Hope you’re better then.

  7. Sorry about your wobbliness but it certainly didn’t stop you from taking great photos. The second one especially, the clarity of the shapes of the little sculpture. Maybe not exactly what you wanted, but what I like! I’ll have to check out Bill Brandt.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Meg! I had some fun…. I am often wobbly, unsteady on the legs, but at least my hands still function! I have long admired Brandt’s images, they do lean towards the dark and moody…..

  8. For some reason, which I not too sure about, I like the last one, I think is the shape of the vase and the contrast of dark and light……anyway I like it πŸ™‚

  9. I like the last one…best composition.

  10. Hope you are feeling a little better Sue. Always good to take your mind onto other things. All three are good but I like the second one. I like how the emphasis is more on the Buddha and the curved lines of the vase swirl down to him

  11. Yes, the third, you’ve mastered the light!

Over to you...(by entering a comment, you agree to Wordpress collecting your name, email address and site URL)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Wine Castles of Gironde

A redstuffdan Collection


here, there and other places

Lost in Translation

Looking for meanings in words, images and sounds

Mexi Movie the Third

Colouring by touch : altering by thought : fed by feeding.

Traveling at Wits End

relax, center, and stretch your photographic skills. Namaste.

P.A. Moed

Creative Exploration in Words and Pictures

The life of B

Mainly through the lens of a Nikon

Warsaw 2018

city of cobblestones, brutal history, parkland, music, spring ... and twins

~ wander.essence ~

where travel meets art

Away from the Drawing Board


Reymon de Real Photography

Amateur photography by a professional Physical Therapist!

Being in Nature

Photos, words and art inspired by nature


Een grens is een wens

Une photo, un poème

DΓ©clenchez l'Γ©motion....

Bergen Photo Walks

Guided walking tours of historic Bergen, Norway for photographers

3 little pears

photography.. art.. colour.. nature.. handmade...

Chateaux des Fleurs

Sharing a world of joy with photos and words

priorhouse blog

Photos, art - and a little bit of LIT.

Vicki A Alford - Photographer

"It’s never too late to become what you might have been."......................George Elliot

%d bloggers like this: