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Photo Observation #4

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This photo is mysterious because you can only see under the street lamps, you can’t see what is in the woods. The trees are outlined by the dark blue sky. The people walking in the background could be anyone. Are they a couple on a walk? Or hitmen going to claim their next victim? Everything outside of the street lights warm beam is a mystery…

Photo Observation #2

2) I found the photo originally on Pinterest, however I then found it came from this photographer’s facebook ( )

3) THEME: Shadows

4) DESCRIPTION: I was drawn to this photo because of the contrast of the piercing light on the girls face and the darker, shadows around it. The middle of the photo gives off an abrasive mood because of the bright geometric shade of the light. Having the light positioned right in the girl’s eyes creates this feeling because everyone can understand the painful  feeling when one gets a bright light shined in their eyes. Everywhere else in the photo, the shadows are more prominent. The feeling here is much more calm. This is because it is almost “the calm before the storm” type feeling. Overall, the strong contrast of the shadows and the light is very interesting to the eye in this photo.

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2. Nightlife

3.  I chose this picture because one of the things I think about when I hear “nightlife” is going out for drinks.  The great thing about this picture is the foreground is in focus and the background is blurred. I think this shows a great contrast between how a night goes. The light on the bottles also has a lot of interesting angles and reflections.


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 #8: Spooky Moon



This photo was taken by me.

The theme is spooky and it fits this theme because it looks like it could be taken out of a spooky scene from a horror or Halloween film.

The lighting is white and bright like a space alien’s ship coming to abduct someone or that horridly spotless idea of the future that many films attempt to portray. The bright lighting depicted in the animated film Wall-E for inside the space ship where the lazy humans are is similar to this bright moonlight. The light is expansive causing a soft halo to surround it in the night sky. The brightness at night also is spooky because night is meant to be dark in the minds of many. This bright moonlight might peer into a window and wake people up like how the people were wakened up during the Light Riots. The light backlights the tree making it a shadowy silhouette. Moonlight has a history of spookiness with witches flying across it, cows jumping over it, and werewolf’s howling to it; this moonlit picture harkens back to this tradition with the light’s boldness and the silhouetted tree’s bareness. The white light and lingering halo of grey contrast with the night-time blackness like a mysterious power; this starkness and utter lack of an array of colors and stark would be enough to spook a child into hiding under the covers. For all a little child knows, this could be the eye of a huge monster coming to destroy it; and the power (high value) and abundance of this light makes it imposing. The dead, dark world that some might think exists in blackness comes back to life with the bright glow of the moon. However, it is not as alive as day; it is like a half-life or perhaps undead life. After all, in the total dark, one cannot see that the world does not look as alive as the day, but in partial light one can. Thus, the lighting in this picture is spooky as it is a sign that scary things might be out and since it makes things that look bright and alive during the day appear dead, creepy, and unnerving through the limited, bright, far-reaching, and contrasting with the dark surroundings white moonlight.
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Photo Observation 6: Shadow is part of a symbiotic relationship


This photo is from a Huffington Post review of the 2015 Chichester Festival Theatre’s Guys and Dolls.

The theme is shadow; this photo from the number “Love Be a Lady” fits the shadow theme since shadows are used to emphasis the dark setting of this number: the sewer at night. This film uses shadow to create a pattern over the scene likely by way of a gobo.

Shadow strikes across the world in this photo. The darkness and shadows clash and are visible by the bright central white light. The light causes shadow and light patterned like the light went through prison bars or some similar bar structure in order to fall where and how it does in this photo. The lighting would fit Chicago’s cell block tango in certain parts, like when the innocent one speaks, since it has this dark feeling of imprisonment. The light has a mystery to it with its shadows and contrasting brightness. This mystery invites feelings of loneliness and thoughts of reflection since only shadows keep you company and the bright light is like that of a mirror reflecting a white wall in a lavatory. Shadow is a contrast and this photo contains that contrast though maybe not as starkly as a bright sun’s light causing shadows. The lighting here still has that stealthy and mysterious tone of shadow and the battle and yet symbiotic relationship between light and dark.

Photo Observation – Shadow #7



3. Shadow

4. The sun is shining down on a couple that casts long shadows on to the sandy shore. The contrast of the dark silhouettes pops against the pale blue ocean. The light sand brings out the shadows giving them a deep focus. The two young people are shrouded in darkness. Despite the lack of detail, the characteristics of color and their surroundings make it apparent of their love for each other.

Photo Observation #6 – The Night Sky

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3. Inspiring.

4. The world is full of many inspirations, but nothing compares to the twinkling of the night sky.  Most people can spend hours stargazing and making wishes upon the bright, dazzling stars. The stars watch over us at such an incredible height with their white lights cascading over the earth, bringing light to the dark sky. The stars surround the equally beautiful moon that reflects the light from the sun. The moon and the stars are a wonderful contrast to the dark sky by illuminating the night with their intense white light. Their vibrant glow lights the way for us to follow our dreams.

Lighting Observation #3

1. February 13 2014 at around 5:30. This was in the den of my house on top of an end table.

2. This light was a little flame from a candle. It emitted a large glow around itself that shone on the wall.

3. As I walked into my dark den, a tiny spark emitted a beautiful, warm glow. The flame danced with grace as it lit the blackened room with relaxing shades of red and orange. Our wall was illuminated with bright waves of yellow as the light around the candle swayed around the room. In contrast to the dark, gloomy night, the candle created a calming and serene atmosphere. Although small, this flame evoked an enormous glow that made a huge difference.

Photo Observation #4 (A Night in Praha)

2) Taken By: Nic Christopher, March 23rd, 2010. Taken at 10:30PM in streets of Prague, Czech Republic.

3) THEME: Night Life

4) DESCRIPTION: This Picture was taken late on a mild March night in the streets of Prague, Czech Republic. To me, night life is not going to parties or getting drunk, going to dances or going out on the town. I never do anything like this, instead my nights are spent in the theater or they are spent exploring. I love to explore and imagine my way through places all over the world. I enjoy walking through the streets, watching people, looking at the empty streets or see what late night action is going on around me.

On this March night I was walking around the streets of Prague with my parents looking up at all the history that surrounded us. Prague is known for being one of the most historic places in the world. At night the buildings are illuminated  against the night sky and from certain spots up on the hills you can look out over the entire city and see where the new meets the old and where the castles, churches and clock towers have stood for hundreds and hundreds of years.

This picture is a short time lapse of one of the buildings just outside of the castle. What speaks most to me about this image is how it has the ability to show the new, the old and the night sky. The building in the foreground is one of the “newer” buildings in the city and is illuminated and portrayed in what seems to be rather natural lighting. The Ancient cathedral is overexposed and is dominating the composition but still maintains its figure, shape and details. Filling all the empty space in this image is the deep blue glow of the night sky. The sky is absorbing all the ambient light from all of the other buildings and plazas that are surrounding this spot. It is a harmony of all the elements in this city into one composition that can only be seen at night. This is why I like to go explore at night, there are new sights, new places and new perspectives on the world all around us. To me this is what night life really is, the discovery of these old buildings, this history; and then to wonder what exactly is it that goes on in there every night, what all has this one building been through… probably more than anyone can handle in a whole life time of nights out on the town.