Light and Dark


One of the greatest challenges (and joys) of photography is using light to create the image that you want to capture.  Usually, you would think that you would use light to illuminate the main subject that you are photographing.  There are times, however, when you want to keep your subject in the dark for a dramatic silhouette or shadow shot.

Now, another photographer may have looked at this view and chosen to keep the vine of hearts in the light, resulting in a significantly different image.  In fact, I came back to this very scene the next night and took an entirely different photo.  That’s the beauty of photography.  There’s no right or wrong way to see things.  You can be as purposeful or as aimless as you want.  You can choose light or you can choose dark.  Thank goodness for that because otherwise, I’d get really bored.

How about you?  Do you have an image to share in which you chose dark over light or vice versa?  Or maybe an image you captured one way on a certain day and a totally different way on another day.



  1. says

    This summer I have been fascinated with how the late afternoon sun comes in my dining room windows. I took this shot of our basil and balloon centerpiece the other day. I love how the sun fires up the greenery and bounces off the balloon while leaving the rest of the room in the dark.

    And here is one from August when the sun caught the curtain with the room in shadow:

    Now I’m off to see what others have linked…

  2. maile says

    this shot takes my breath away. It reminds me of a scene from a book with personalities and plots. It looks like a story waiting to be read.

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