Club Meeting, "Shadows" Challenge - Tuesday 13th December 2016.

On Tuesday 13th December 2016, Club Vice-Chairman Mark Harrison presented the members response to his Autumn
Challenge. Earlier in the season he had invited those that wished to attempt Shadow Photography and to use shadows
to make an impact on an image. This was not a competition but an exercise to try something new,expand the creative
mind and to explore ones surroundings in a different light.

This exercise was not only to take advantage of seasonal low light and earlier sunsets which create long shadows, but
to discover how interior lighting helps to create shadows and how light can be manipulated to give a dynamic edge to
an image. Members were requested to produce up to 4 images using creative techniques either in camera, or by using
computer manipulation, to enhance or improve the image aesthetically, or to create a mood or tell a story.

Twelve members took up the challenge and as their images were projected they explained why they were attracted to
the subject, what they were trying to achieve and the techniques they had used.

Included were intriguing reflected shadows in mirrored ceilings, light shone through glass figures which changed their
perspective, slatted shutter shadows which resulted in sharp abstract patterns, a macro shot of a dandelion seed which
created a double image and a back lit man and boy in silhouette with detailed eyelashes and strands of hair. An image
of a dog backlit to form a bright key light around the figure, a eerie night shot of a railway crossing with lit barriers
and a dog walker emerging from the blackness, sand ripples and tank traps illuminated by low sunlight, iron and mesh
shadows from bridges, and a moorish patterned alcove providing a convex concave illusion, followed. There were long
angular shadows from coloured glass bottles lit by an angle poise lamp, a derelict building with diagonal white pillars
creating abstract stark black and white patterns, and zigzag shadows from railings onto stone steps.

There were many variations of the theme with shadows produced by pebbles, marram grass, the human form, harbour
side ropes and hooks, cycle wheels, fishing creels, slatted wooden seats, iron balconies and metal sculptures. Images
taken on beaches, in forests, cities, graveyards and leafy lanes demonstrated the lengths to which the photographers
had gone to deliver their contribution to the challenge with very interesting results.

Mark thanked those who took up his autumn challenge and went on to introduce and explain the criteria for his Winter
Challenge on the subject of ‘ 3 ’ before Chairman Glyn Trueman gave a vote of thanks, after which coffee was served.

              

Steph.