Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #198: Light and Shadow

I love photographing shadows.  Sometimes they are more photogenic than the subject!  Just now, in fact, I happened to look over the railing on the second floor of our house, and this is what I saw.

TreeShadowsHome

Just west of our houses there is a green-space with lots of big cedar trees.  The shadow in this shot is the vine maple tree right outside the west-facing window, which looks a bit eerie.  And I did notice the green leaf in the upper left corner, too!

On our recent trip to Colorado, we stayed in a hotel right on the Clark Fork River, and we had dinner in their restaurant in the early evening.  I was able to whip out my phone and get this great shot of the trees on the other side of the river, with a fisherman in the foreground.  The restaurant, on the other hand, was in shadow, which made a great contrast.  That light condition only lasted about five minutes.

EveningLight-MissoulaMT

Also on our trip, we stayed one night in Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming, arriving as usual late in the afternoon.  The Capitol Building is in just enough shadow so you can see its details against the sky.

WyomingStateCapitol-late-afternoon

On the last day of our conference in Colorado Springs, we attended a party at the home of a Hillsdale official, who lives in the hills to the west of the city.  Their yard was in deep shadow, but the rest of the city is visible in the bright sunlight.

ColoSpringsVista-shadowed-yard

The haze was caused by a dust-storm which was just clearing up.  Colorado Springs is very dry, and the high winds often stir up the dust.

I took both of these pictures of my reading glasses on my desk at work, because I liked the shadows they threw on the desk.  Even quite ordinary objects can make good subjects.

Here’s the Link to Patti’s Original Post.

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