I’m not a big fan of black and white but this challenge was about shadows and reflections in monochrome, a subject that seems to work really well this way.
Shadow of decorative screen in the Sun Yat Sen Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Shadows on a rusty metal sculpture in Kamloops.
Shadows of Vietnamese baskets in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Monochrome mannequin shadows in an outdoor Mexican shop closed for the night.
Curving shadows of a palm tree on the wall in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico.
Shadows of a wire table and chairs.
Linear light and shadows in a Vancouver furniture shop.
Last week my headlight went out and I had no idea how to change the bulb. I took this picture to show what it looked like; apparently the photo was useless. But I liked it anyway: Reflections within a headlight.
Shadows of some chairs in a furniture shop.
The headlight and the chairs were done in Snapseed Silhouette, and I like the way it gives a similar look to this high-contrast monochrome ad for whiskey from the Bushmills Distillery in Ireland, UK, which features both shadows and a reflection.
More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Shadows and Reflections in Monochrome.
18 thoughts on “Monochrome Shadows and Reflections”
I thought this wa sa challenging challenge too. But you nailed it. The headlight was a perfect entry for the challenge, and I loved the one from the furniture shop. Abstract art at its best.
They laughed at the garage when I showed them that headlight shot – apparently they now change them from under the hood, inside the engine. But I quite liked the image, and am now running around shooting people’s headlights…
Hahaha. That’s great. New inspiration.
Loved your baskets and mannequins especially this week Elisabeth; adding the ad at the ending was perfect!
That ad was the inspiration for my post – such a classy use of monochrome!
Great pictures. Shadows and lines make the mundance so dramatic.
Hi Sandy, I miss hearing from you since you stopped your challenge! And what is ‘mundance’? Anyway lighting makes things dramatic, and shadows certainly add to the ‘dance’ of light…
Mundance is what comes when fingers & eyes don’t coordinate. I meant to say mundane but I like your interpretation !
Yes, since stopping the challenge I have cut back on blogging time. I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad thing. My posts are now more story- than photo-centric and it takes me to longer pull together. But I am trying to be more regular … it’s a not to be voiced new year resolution. Oops. I just jinxed it!
In one of my many computer courses the marketing instructor said we had to have a blog, and made us sign up on WordPress (I see I signed up in 2009 but didn’t actually put much up until much later). Anyway, she also said we should post regularly, BUT it was more important for the post to have interesting ‘content’, so if we took longer or posted irregularly so be it. I will check out your posts soon but I have very limited time on the computer right now, and am only posting anything that is already written…
Wow. GREAT selections. Well done.
Thank you John. The combination of shadows and monochrome was an interesting project!
Good captures, Elizabeth
The last one is awesome!
If you’re talking about the whiskey ad, although I rarely work in black and white, it was the inspiration for this series of experiments. I think it might be from the early 60s when images like this were hard to put together.
Your compositions and observations are beautiful.
I’m a fan of b&w. I don’t generally love the big, poppy colour images that phones make of every shot.
Keep up the good work, Elizabeth. You inspire us.
Hi Mikey! I’m not a fan of black and white, but it seems to work well with shadows, as long as you add something extra with a photo app; my current favourite is Snapseed.
From seeing your fab paintings and photos of many years, I’m not surprised you don’t love B&W.
Keep up the amazing work! 🙂
Love you and be glad you’re not here – the noise of constrcution (destruction) is so bad I am fleeing the apartment every day by 7:45 – there are a lot of breakfast places here that open by 7 or 8 which I am currently exploring. It’s the weekend so it is blessedly silent today, and even though it’s supposed to be nice I suspect I will spend the entire day on my computer – I really miss it!