Enhanced Shadow

The first day in a photo studio for a newbie is a combination of wonder and bewilderment. The lights serve an obvious function. All of the other stuff remains a mystery.

Progress is then measured by the novice’s ability to balance light and shadow.

It becomes obvious that a shadowless picture simply won’t work. That’s because our eyes are attuned to one single baseline of illumination. I’m talking about the sun. One light and one shadow.

Once those basic skills get dialed in, then it’s time for some experimentation and riffing.

When I saw this hydrant’s enhanced shadow in chalk, I had a feeling that the artist and I share some sensibilities.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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