Friday, January 10, 2014

Photo Challenge~Shadows

*Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. 
~Swedish Proverb



Because I live at the edge of a wee forest and because my neighbor has so many ancient trees, the shadows are pretty striking in the late afternoon. Late afternoon is between three and four. Our dusk is now arriving at 4:20 or so. It is completely dark in another fifteen minutes. Because the shadows are so striking, even nauseating, I have softened them some by creating the collage above and adding gradient six in Photoscape below.



The shot above was taken in the morning a few days ago on a rare sunny day. Sometimes I prefer the shadow to the real thing.

I pay little attention to camera settings, but I can tell you that I used the "snow setting" on my camera, a Nikon Coolpix P7100.

Linking to the incomparable Donna at *Shadow Play*. Hope that you'll visit those who have participated in this month's Photo Challenge. There are some remarkable photographs!

*This morning's worry was that I'd never be able to blog again since I couldn't access my blog from my PC. A few hours later and it has healed itself. Amen.

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40 comments:

  1. I love your tree shadow shots, Vee. They are all so pretty but the second one is really nice with the straight lines. Glad your computer smartened up. I hear there are a lot of blogger problems lately. Very frustrating! Have a lovely weekend.

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  2. Very pretty!!! Sigh..yes..Blogger..Blessings

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  3. Oh, I was hoping that you would show us some photos with snow and tree shadows! These are wonderful, with marching lines across the snowscape. And I agree with you on the last shot! It is a lovely shadow silhouette. I'm not positive what your camera's snow setting does, but I would wager that it opens up the aperture a half to a third of a stop so that the snow is whiter looking, instead of grey. Snow has a bad habit of fooling camera meters unless the photographer takes intervention.

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  4. Those are some cool shadow shots! Glad you are able to blog....

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  5. Lovely, snowy, shadowy images. Peaceful!

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  6. You have a striped landscape and right away I noticed the blue cast on the snow similar to what Pam recently posted. I'm jealous, I want snow shaded with blue too. ;-)
    Blogger is giving a lot of people grief lately, it's hard to comment sometimes.
    Judith

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  7. Wonderful shadow, tree and snow photos.

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  8. What long long shadows...how neat! I try to remember to use the snow setting at the beach. It works well with the bright white sand. Glad you got back on your blog! What a headache blogger has been lately. Hope you are enjoying some sunshine and shadows today! Warm hugs!

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  9. Love the quote and I'll probably be stealing it. Your shadow shots are beautiful. Brrr...your world is covered. Have a wonderful cozy weekend!

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  10. I love the proverb at the beginning of your post! I am going to copy it to send to my WV sis. Thank you!!

    Your shadows are spectacular!

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  11. There is something so calming about late afternoon sun causing the trees to cast shadows across the ground. You've done a nice job with yours and the collage is pretty. Love the embellishment to your post of the quote. Well done and glad your computer (or more likely blogger) finally cooperated.

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  12. These are really wonderful Vee - funny how snow, and shadows cast upon it, looks so inviting in the sunshine, whereas once the darkness arrives it becomes somewhat ominous. I'm thinking especially of mountains and some of the scenery in the southern hemisphere I was able to see on the expeditions. Darkness was eery and Ionged for dawn some nights...........easier then to see the icebergs too, hm, hm!!!

    Hope your sun and shadows return soon - we've none today, just heavy rain off and on.
    Happy weekend - Mary

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  13. Those are GREAT shadow pictures! WOW, Vee. I really love those long drawn-out ones. They are beautiful. Blogger is a lot like one of those separating zippers that fixes itself! xo Diana

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  14. LOVE the shadow shots! You are really good, Vee! So fun!

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  15. Wow! Those forest shadows are lovely. I love the rhythm of them.

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  16. I love your forest of shadows.I love what you did to the photo. You have a keen eye.

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  17. Very pretty shadow shots, Vee. I like the quote too. I have been worried since I spilled coffee on my laptop. I have been lost without it. Thankfully, we just picked it up after a good cleaning it is working fine.

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  18. Those are some really neat looking shadows on the snow.
    It is still light here at 5:00 and not dark until 5:30 now.

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  19. Wonderful shadow pictures.
    Merle............

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  20. Those are really nice - a benefit of living by a wee forest. Glad your able to access your blog!

    Deanna

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  21. Ooh, tree shadows on snow are such wonderful things. I was hoping for some like that here. Alas, no snow on our not-so-little island. Yours are lovely, stretching long like that.
    Just this morning I thought that it was a bit lighter earlier than normal. Perhaps it was just wishful thinking.

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  22. Wonderful long shadows. Just perfect! These photos look so peaceful.

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  23. these pictures are so beautiful that it hurts me to say....better you than me LOL!
    hugs to you and John
    Sandi

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  24. Beautiful shadows. I forget how beautiful winter is in so much of the country. I try not to change things much in blogging.....afraid I won't get it back! That's why I have not done that Google+ stuff or made my blog available by email. I need to step out a bit - but not quite ready.

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  25. Thank goodness that your blog has been saved!!! Oh my, I think I know that sinking, panicky feeling all too well!
    Your shadow pictures are stunning Vee!!
    I'm so late at commenting - it's been crazy around here but I feel like things are finally calming down a bit! Have a great weekend.

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  26. Brilliant shadow pictures, Vee! You ha e done a great job capturing shadows. Tree shadows are so awesome. Now I must tease......tree shadows being "nauseating?" Really? LOL. You are so funny.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Absolutely! When looking at the entire field filled with all those long, long shadows going every which of a way...I can start to feel woozy. True!

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  27. Beautiful shots! Oh to have some snow like that.

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  28. Oh these are such beautiful snow shots Vee.
    The second one is my fave - your softening has worked a treat.
    Donna stretches us with these challenges which is a good thing for me - I'm inclined to just snap away with little thought for the end result!!

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  29. What beautiful pictures. Makes me long for the snow that keeps missing us!

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  30. AH! One of the reasons I like taking photos in winter is capturing shadows on snow. Nothing more beautiful than pristine snow!

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  31. There's a snow setting? Now I have to look at my camera again to see if I have one of those! Learn something new every day:>)

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  32. Your photos are lovely, Vee. I like looking at snow; living with it, notso much!

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  33. So true...your quote! So beautiful...your shadows in the snow!

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  34. I Love the shadows!! Looks like the tree's shadow could actually get up and walk! Love them all...
    hughugs

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  35. I love the shadows. These challenges must be fun as they would really make you feel aware of your surroundings. Your pictures and collages are always fascinating.

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  36. Forgot to mention that I really like your new header.

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  37. I will have to look and see how much that camera is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought you had a great big one!

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