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Light and Shadow (with background)

Made for the Active Assignment Weekly group.

This week´s assignment: See the light


"This week I encourage you to go forth and look for exceptional lighting conditions or effects, or create them yourself. Your subject can be anything ...a landscape bathed in "golden hour" light; a window lit portrait, a studio lit subject, it's up to you, but there should be something special about the light that hopefully sets your image apart.


Dare: Try finding, or creating, light that is filtered through something to create interesting light and/or shadow patterns. Experiment!


Restrictions: Do not use lighting filters in photoshop to create effects - that would be cheating and not nearly as nice as the real thing :) All other photoshop adjustments etc. are ok."


What it took:

I always wanted to do something like this, so this week´s assignment came at the right time. In the beginning I just played around with different shapes (e.g. the wooden dragon) and after a while a had some kind of medieval fantasy picture in mind. For that I needed a suitable background picture (I only took a small part from the top right).


The "creative" light came from my beamer, trapeze corrected in order to let me take the picture from an elevated position without too much distortion. That way you can see both the illuminated foreground and the respective shadows on the wall which I thought much more interesting than just the projection on the wall alone. If you´re further interested: Here is a version without the background.


Coming to the camera part: 4sec exposure, f/22, ISO 100, 28mm, straight from the camera - just cropped out a little from the top and bottom.

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Taken on May 15, 2009