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Low Summer Sun !

By TornadoTys
Playing around with low summer setting sun.Grin

Hoping to get a creative shot just using the casting shadow of a subject

Tags: Humour and fun

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prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
17 Apr 2015 1:35PM
Well seen & composed
xwang 12 56 8
17 Apr 2015 1:54PM
Well seen image..great fun.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
17 Apr 2015 2:40PM
Welcome to EPZ Tyson.

This is very well done, and creative.

Exposure is quite good, and it works well as it is.

To improve it, if you want to, a few suggestions.

When shooting a brick wall, you need to be really square on, and parallel; in this image, your lens is closer to the left of the image than the right, so you have the impression of the horizontal lines tending to converge on the right.

To get a darker shdow, underexpose the shot; its good as it is, so its a tip for future images, and the shadow will be blacker. You can, if you like also so this is Photoshop or similar, and thats what Ive done in the modification I uploaded.

Scroll up, click the modifications tab to view.

Well done, and enjoy the site.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2015 4:30PM
Hello, Tyson, and welcome to EPZ and its Critique Gallery.
I hope you will enjoy it here and find it a good place to learn. We try to give advice that will help people to improve their photography both the taking and the editing of images.
Remember that the more information you give us as regards your photographic aims and intentions, the better.
It also helps us if you respond to critique and indicate which ideas you found helpful. That means we can tailor advice according to your needs and abilities.

It looks like you had a goal in mind and have achieved it here, and I suspect there are numerous subjects that you could use to good effect with this technique. This took some skill, and is well thought out.
I like the way you have kept it simple, the wall, the shadow, and the "thing" on the wall (sorry, not sure what it is).

Willie has mentioned the brick lines, and I have used Perspective Correction in my modification to straighten things up. I made some contrast adjustments in order to make the shadow stand out a bit more, and did some cropping so that the wall "thing" is on a thirds intersection.

I'd like to have seen more of the shadow's legs, or less, because as it stands it looks incomplete, whereas taking off a bit more tends to make the incompleteness look deliberate.

The Nosferato-style hand shadow adds some mystery and, whether your model was clothed or not (I assume she was), it gives the impression that she isn't because of the tight-fitting clothes.

You placed your subject central in the frame, which can make it feel dull, static and less interesting. You can often produce a more interesting image by placing the main subject somewhere other than the centre of the image.

Sooty_1 11 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2015 5:39PM
I don't have the facility to photoshop at the moment, but as there is the 'wrong' amount of body in the shot, I'd consider straightening as much as possible, then cropping so the free hand is on the lower third and the upper hand is on the upper third. That makes the composition more dynamic IMHO, which would counterpoint the image then being square.

If you can have another go at this, it might be worth trying to get the whole body shadow in (by jumping perhaps), and squaring up the camera, but maybe jumping at an angle for a different dynamic?

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2015 7:26PM
Reaching up, or hanging down? If the latter, there are shades of Banksy here...

I love this, it makes my imagination work. Shadows become more interesting when they are detached from their cause, when they take on a life of their own.

In classical composition terms, Nick's suggested proportions are correct, but I like the space here, it adds to the surrealism. Definitely needs straightening, after that I'd be delighted to have taken this.

Welcome to the site and to the Critique Gallery, it's refreshing to see original, quirky ideas here, particularly when they are well executed. I hope you will enjoy it here.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2015 8:05PM
Good idea and well seen. Ideally the full figure as a shadow with the person jumping to give space below the feet showing bricks.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
18 Apr 2015 4:08PM
And welcome from me, too. I am sitting in a waterside taverna as I type, so my spelling may deteriorate as we go...

I long to see the feet here - and the picture works, partly, because of the tension not being able to see them (and whether the subject is jumping or standing)...

This isn't very far from true, but I agree with everyone else - having straight lines at the edges of the frame invites the viewer to inspect them to the degree. The Skew and Perspective tools in Elements and Photoshop beckon. It's very simple indeed one you've found them an tried them out.

Enjoy the site, and I hope we will see more of yoru work soon.
TornadoTys 6 208 1 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2015 1:16PM
This photo was a quick shot with very minimum planning. My model was a one of two women doing some out yoga on a lawn of a community centre.

I do agree that the feet really were needed to complete this shot and I will try in the future to the feet in,

I really do appreciate all the feed back and had brought to light some very good points I can use in the future.

many thanks people

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