I was walking around Granada in Spain when I spotted this fantastic shadow from a chain hanging by a old door.
A shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. It occupies all of the space behind an opaque object with light in front of it. The cross section of a shadow is a two-dimensional silhouette, or reverse projection of the object blocking the light. Sunlight causes many objects to have shadows at certain times of the day. The angle of the sun, its apparent height in the sky causes a change in the length of shadows. Low-angles create longer shadows.
There are three distinct parts of a shadow created by any non-point light source after impinging on an opaque object called the umbra, penumbra and antumbra. For a point source only the umbra is cast. These names are most often used for the shadows cast by astronomical objects, though they are sometimes used to describe levels of darkness, such as in sunspots. An astronomical object casts human-visible shadows when its apparent magnitude is equal or lower than −4. Currently the only astronomical objects able to produce visible shadows on Earth are the sun, the moon and, in the right conditions, Venus or Jupiter. info Wiki.
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Apurba20 (984) 2014-01-31 1:35
Dear Iain, an interesting capture. Apurba
rbassin (19657) 2014-01-31 2:13
une idée originale, simple et avec beaucoup d'impact.
snunney (89108) 2014-01-31 2:55
A superbly presented abstract composition that makes for a fine study in light and shade. Well exposed to make the most of the strong shadow. I particularly like the superb rendering of the textural detail in the wall. Very well observed and beautifully presented.
Giustiniani (3550) 2014-01-31 7:15
j'aime beaucoup l'effet que produit cette photo, très accrocheur. Une bonne idée bien réalisée.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-31 8:31
Love the minimalism of the composition.
Kudos to you for making a nice B&W photo out of nothing. Very keen observation and artistic thinking. I like it.
Thanks for sharing.
ourania (35916) 2014-01-31 13:26
I like very much the graphical effect of this chain of shadows against the textured wall. You've achieved superb definition and it's great that the row of links is not straight. You could rotate this image any way you wanted and have an intriguing composition each time. You could have left, perhaps a little more space beyond the large ring at the end of the chain, I think this would have rendered the shadow a little more dynamic and less static -but I understand that this may not have been possible or may not have worked out as I'd like it to:) Strong light and strong shadow create a rewarding and agreeable effect. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
emka (85371) 2014-01-31 23:32
hello Iain again,
Interesting composition with a chain and its shadow. something abstract from Andalusia.
Yes, i go to granada and a few other towns in May, but tomorrow to Estonia. And yesterday I went to make solme shots of wintery Warsaw, specially for you. I invite you to see :).
WArm regrads MAlgo