Posts Tagged ‘Black and White’

Photo Observation #5

2) Valentin by Ivan Constantin
Taken 25 October 2011
Leica M7 + 35 mm / TriX / Rodinal

3) Theme: Single Life Source

4) This photo didn’t take me long to find, once I realized that a single light source is often keyworded as a ‘dramatic portrait’. I liked this photo because it is not really determinable where this boy is, the background is dark and blurry so that your eye focuses on the child. I also enjoyed that the single light source was emphasized by the shadow cast on the wall behind the child.

Photo Observation #5

William Bragg Photography – Single Light Source

I like this photo because of how the light source is hitting his face from the far side. His left side of his face is so bright that we cannot see the detail. And then the right of the face dissolves into the blackness of the background. I also like that this photo is in black and white. It allows for the levels of light to stand out. One can see how the light is shaping itself around the face.

Photo Observation #2

Shade created by a texture of a roof style: Pintrest

I found this photo while browsing photography images online. What I like about this image is how you cannot see what the top is shaped but you can see the shadow of the shape. The light is coming from the top left in this image. I also like that the photo is in black and white so you can enjoy the shadows and intensities in the image.


Photo Observation #2

Title: “Luz y Sombras”

Photo Credits: Christina Granados

Location: Espinho, Portugal.

Theme: Shadows

The first thing that jumped out at me was all of the lines that are in this photograph, not only the lines that are there in a three dimensional form of the architecture of the main structure, the railing on the right, and the house on the left, but also all of the lines created by the shadows. The intersections and parallels of the straight lines as well as the curved lines of the sidewalk create many different shapes and motion that drag my eye all around the photo. The choice to have the photograph be black and white makes it more interesting to me because it makes the shadow of the structure look almost like a reproduction of it rather than a shadow–which was not the case when this is photographed in color (I found a picture in color when I was looking to attribute the photo to a location and photographer). The photographer, Christina Granados, expertly timed the taking of this photograph to get the look of the poles to blend into the shadows that are cast. The only other thing I found kind of funny was the creature (dog? monkey?) and because of its closeness to the ground how much less of a shadow it creates.

Photo Observation

  2. Shadows
  3. Shadows can be a mystery like the last theme. It helps us open our mind with imagination because you can look at a shadow and think of the many things it can be. Everyone perceives something different. What I like about this photo is you can see the object but the shadow reflects something different. A circle with a shadow heart, two different shapes but the same object depending on the angle and lighting. Shadows are interesting and it is an art because you can create different shapes and play around with just a simple object.

Lighting Observation #11: The Sun Hitting a Fence and the Pathway that emerges

4/18/16 – 8:30am – Outside Colonial Square on Path Towards Student Center

The morning sun shines through the temporary black plastic fencing lining the sidewalk. It casts a shadow across the width of the sidewalk making it patterned with oval-ish shapes.

When one stared at the lighting and pathway too much, the shadow and light on the sidewalk had this hypnotic feel. It was mesmerizing and was dizzying to look at it. The lighting that cast this shadow made the path feel like it belonged in Alice in Wonderland since the path looked like it was trying to be an optical illusion. The intensity of the morning light made the shadow dark and the light that shined through to hit the pavement bright; there was a sharp distinction between light and shadow just like the colors had been black and white instead of black and golden lit grey-tan pavement. The lighting moment and mysterious effect on the path would not have been the same without this intensity. The stark contrast created made it seem like this pathway must be leading to some sort of black and white timeless dimension. The shape of the holes in the fence made the spots of bright light on the sidewalk curious ovals. In my mind, the path swirled for some reason due to the pattern cast upon it. It was like a moiré effect. Walking across it was like being on a boat. The mood that the lighting created was surreal.

Photo Observation #10



3) Theme: Storm’s Brewing

4) When I saw this picture, I immediately thought it was appropriate for this week’s theme. The really like the way the picture is in black and white because looking at it reminds me, that something bad is going to happen and the picture being in black and white creates a dismal feel to the photo. The way the clouds are formed in a circle and the bright light in the middle tells me that it is windy outside and a storm is coming. There is a feeling of scariness and loneliness in this picture. The empty road signifies that everyone has packed up and left in hopes to escape the storm.