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. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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


  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. 🙂 🙂 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 🙂

  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!

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