2015 is quickly drawing to a close. The days are getting shorter and the sun is casting long shadows from the southern sky, well, at least in the northern hemisphere. Those long shadows provided the inspirations for this week’s challenge. The challenge this week is to make shadows a primary element of a black and white photo.

“untitled” by AlwaysBreaking

This isn’t a silhouette challenge. Silhouettes show the outline of a back lit subject, but don’t usually show the shadow. You can incorporate a silhouette, but just include the shadow. The shot above is a silhouette, but the shadow provides a mirror-like reflection of the subject. This challenge is about using the shadow as part of the composition.

“Your Attention Please” by Jeremy Brooks

The shot above uses repetition of geometric shapes, but the shadows extend the pattern.

“Donald, Dallas Texas” by Thomas Hawk

Shadows can accent and enhance other elements, like sweeping curves. In the shot below we don’t see the curve of the rail, except for the shadow.

“Play with Long Shadow” by Aikawa Ke

“chase your shadow” by Z S

Since this is my last post for 2015 I want to say thanks to everyone who participates in the challenges each week. You make awesome photos and inspire us to keep PhotoChallenge going.

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge.org or #photochallenge2015.
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • The posted image should be a photograph, not a video.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2015 Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.