Lens-Artists Challenge #152 – Shades and Shadows

Time for a simple, but hopefully enjoyable challenge for this week – Shades and Shadows. As the weather is fairly hot over here now, you can guess why I chose this theme. Of course it can be interpreted less literally, but as always you are free to surprise us!

In Sweden, and some other countries, we only have one single word for this…so, a neat illustration will start this week’s challenge!

An old friend of mine had his own sleeping preferences …always in the shade. This was one of Totti’s early morning surprises. He was in his prime, agile, loving and sweet.

Skógafoss, Iceland, where late evening light made long shadows and magnificent yellows.

In the Morockan desert, the tiny scarab shows an equally tiny shadow while he is scuttling between sun and shade.

We are still in Morocko, where the narrow alleys and harsh sunlight of Marrakesh makes for both shade and shadows. And difficulties for a photographer.

Finally, an image with not many contrasts, but subtle shadows and shades let the pink/cream coloured sandstone come alive. I loved this moment that suddenly turned up while looking up a side street. That cat owns the area.

Thank you, Patti, for a thought provoking, fun and diffferent challenge last week! We had great fun enjoying your creative posts! Hope to see you this week too under the Lens-Artists tag.

Finally, stay tuned for Amy’s hosting next week, and please be safe and kind.

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  17. Our trip to Morocco also left me with many photos containing shade or shadows. With such strong overhead light, the walls of many buildings cast rather interesting shadows. I’ll look through my pictures tonight to see if I can squeeze in an entry to this week’s challenge. We just returned from Maine — so I’m bound to have something!

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  20. Pleasant photos you’ve shared.
    I like that most shadows are soft, leading to a better blend.
    I think that it also means that the shadows that contrast more stick out better. It works especially well in the photo with the scarab as the shadows better carry focus across the image and help impress a sense of depth.

    Here’s mine for this one:

    Shadow Over Land

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  56. Love this Ann-Christine! A wonderful theme and you’ve presented it beautifully. I especially loved the sand dunes – would love to see them first-hand one day but in the meanwhile your image brought them to life. Terrific post and challenge.

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  65. Lovely gallery, and well depicted shades and shadows captured by your lens.
    You´ve been to wonderful places and I´m grateful to see the other parts of the world from your perspective.

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  67. What a beautiful gallery, AC. It’s hard to pick a favorite image. The scarab in the desert is remarkable and the street scene in Morocco. And of course, my heart goes out to Totti, asleep in the shade!! Your challenge is lovely and inspiring. I’m going to get to work on my post next.

  68. I love your photos, especially Skógafoss (one of my favourite spots in Iceland!) and the scarab beetle 🙂 I pondered for a while what to share. Your atmospheric Marrakesh image had me considering similar light and shade shots I have myself from our visit there but in the end it was the Skógafoss shot that inspired me and sent me to search for photos of shadows in my own archive (as well as getting out into the garden to take a few more!) https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-chasing-shadows/

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  73. Shade or Shadow… These two words have always been a little confusing to me, in Spanish we only have one shadow. I think thanks to your explanations I have understood it. A very instructive report, with beautiful images. Totti, besides being adorable, was very smart.

    • Thank you, Ana – he was… And the more answers I get here, the more i realise maybe it is the English version that is different? So far several bloggers say they have only one word for this!

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  77. Brilliant photos taken in Morocco – a darling girlfriend who has just settled in Marrakesh will no doubt smile waking up to that shot in the Medina . . .

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  80. Another interesting challenge for us this week. I love your examples, especially dear Totti on the table in the shade.

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