Posts Tagged ‘camels’

Photo Observation 5

  1. Taken by me from the back of a camel in Israel.
  2. Theme: Shadows
  3. I took this picture in Israel last summer, and it is honestly one of my favorite pictures from the trip. Shadows are interesting because they can disguise something or morph it, like when you’re a little kid and you feel like a giant with your long shadow, or it can be an exact outline of its creator, as it does in this picture. It tells the story in literal black and white, almost as if these shadows were made for the purpose of telling a story as they would be in theatre.

Photo Observation


Photo Credit: George Steinmetz for National Geographic

Theme: Shadow

Description: This is one of my favorite pictures ever, and a totally awesome example of shadows. The tiny white lines at the feet of the camels are actually the camels, and the black camels you see are actually their shadows. At first glance, this picture looks like some kind of painting you may find on a cave wall because the shadows are completely flat black. I think this picture is an awesome example of shadows that are created based on where your viewpoint is – if you were to view this same scene from the ground, it would look entirely different, and not nearly as cool as it is when viewed from above.

Photo Observation


This is a picture from National Geographic.

The theme is shadow.

This photo creates a truly amazing effect, because what you see in the image is not the camels themselves, but their shadows. While the camels appear small and unidentifiable since the picture is taken from directly above them, their shadows make perfect cut outs on the sand, the images larger than life and perfectly defined. This shows the ability of shadow not only to conceal, but to define a scene. Shadows are a reflection of life, often distorted by the angle of light, and lacking detail, they retain the essence of the things that create them.