Lens-Artists Challenge #152 – Shade and Shadows

Within the Shadows

“Our job is to record this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today.”

Edward Abbey

This week Ann-Christine has asked us to feature shade and shadows – often a photographer’s nightmare but now and then, a dream. I’ve opened with a favorite image, taken in San Francisco under one of their many beautiful bridges. I loved the somewhat sinister feel of the man surrounded by the bridge’s shadows.

Don’t Fence Me In

“In photography, there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”

August Sander

I thought the shadows of the lovely scrolled fence above were actually prettier than the fence itself. Here in Charleston we see beautifully decorative iron work quite often because of the expertise of local legend Philip Simmons. However, I actually captured the fence above at the Mount of Beatitudes during our visit to Israel.

On the other hand, the window below IS located in downtown Charleston at our historic City Hall. I captured the image from the inside looking out on a bright, sunny day.

shadow, ironwork, window

Though a Glass Darkly

“The brighter the light, the darker the shadow.”

Jay Kristoff

Sometimes an object’s shadow is very easily identified, as in the following two images. The extra appendage on the airplane’s shadow is a float which allows water landings.

airplane, shadow


“Shadows can invite us to imagine what is hidden.”

Michale Kenna

Yet another mode of transportation in which you’ll sometimes find us is featured in the image below. This one is an unusual selfie during which I was using a cart to photograph a golf event here on Kiawah.

golf cart, shadow

Beside the Bunker

“The organization of light and shadow effects produce a new enrichment of vision.”

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

As the appearance of the moon signals the end of day, I thought it only appropriate to end my post this week with its light surrounded by shadows.

moon, shadows

Shadows on the Moon

“Where light and shadow fall on your subject, that is the essence of expression and art through photography.”

Scott Bourne

We look forward to seeing your shades and shadows as well. Be sure to link your response to Ann-Christine’s post here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag. We thank you as always for your creative and colorful responses to Patti’s challenge last week, and hope to see you next week as Amy leads the challenge. In the meanwhile, please stay safe, be kind, and enjoy the week ahead.


99 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #152 – Shade and Shadows

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  2. Great shadow examples Tina! That one in San Francisco has the atmosphere of a film noir, don’t you think? I took it to be a monochrome shot, then spotted the tinge of pink on the man’s ear 🙂

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  6. Hi Tina – such a nice photos for the theme – and The airplane shadow is so cool – and so is that besides the bunker one. – did you take that one just for this challenge or was it in you archives? just curious

  7. First off, love your opening and closing shots…both great captures Tina. And cool idea on the bunker shot. But I want to hear the story of the plane shadow shot. When I hear a plane, I look up…lol Had to be quick thinking to look down and snap that one before it was gone?

    • Thanks Andy – LOL re your comment on the plane. we were actually in the plane flying low to see the landscape and look for a good salmon-fishing opportunity in Alaska. Photographer’s dream!

  8. Shadows offer many opportunities and you captured that aspect. My favorites are the first two with shadowy designs. The header image is a perfect lead. The plane shadow reminded me of a story. We were in Alaska sometime in the mid-90s where my wife took a plane ride around Mt Denahi (McKinley). She captured a picof their plane’s shadow on the clouds below AND a circular rainbow ring surrounded the shadow. So cool and thankful for luck.

  9. A beautiful response to the challenge Tina and I especially love your capture of the moon among the clouds and shadows 💜

  10. Just wonderful Tina. You know I am always amazed at your photography and anecdotal descriptions but these shade and shadow photos are so artistic that I had to salute you once again! Thanks for sharing your awesome talents with those of us who are definitely ‘’artistically challenged”!!!

  11. Oh, brilliant! My favourite is ‘Through a Glass Darkly’ (have you seen Bergman’s film?), plenty of delicious negative space and a great set of curves.

  12. You do shades and shadows well, my friend! I love that moon shot! I love that golf cart selfie, Tina! I snapped a few of me walking my dogs in the shadows a few years ago for a college outdoors competition. I also love that second one of the man standing within the shadows of architecture.

  13. I love shadows, Tina, so I greatly enjoyed these. I think my favorite is that of the window, not only because of the lines/curves but because it’s unusual and you’ve chosen to surround it with the darkness.


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