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Morning photo: Shadows

The darker side of light …

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At mid-day, this crabapple tree’s shadow is just a tiny patch directly beneath the branches.

FRISCO — One of the first lessons you learn as a photographer is to make sure that your own shadow doesn’t show up in the image you’re trying to capture. It’s a great lesson, but once you’ve moved beyond that, it’s time to start learning how to use shadows in a creative way. In some situations, shadows can actually help capture a scene that would simply be too bright — at least without a neutral density filter — in full sunlight. This hold especially true for the snow scenes that I shoot around my home, but also for nearly any landscape shots in summer. This post has a few of my favorite shadow shots for this week’s #FriFotos Twitter chat.

The shadow of tree falls across a frozen waterfall near Frisco, Colorado.

The shadow of tree falls across a frozen waterfall near Frisco, Colorado.

Sometimes a silhouette can be a shadow.

Sometimes a silhouette can be a shadow. Photo by Leigh Wadden.

A low-angle winter sun casts sharp shadows on a grassy landscape near Breckenridge, Colorado.

A low-angle winter sun casts sharp shadows on a grassy landscape near Breckenridge, Colorado.

Shadow climbing.

Shadow climbing.

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ing in the shadow of this tree let me position the camera to create this sunburst.

The shadow of this ancient stone archway in Dürnstein, Austria, creates a pleasing frame for this summer scene along the Danube River.

The shadow of this ancient stone archway in Dürnstein, Austria, creates a pleasing frame for this summer scene along the Danube River.

Trees and mountains cast long winter shadows just before the sun sets behind the Rocky Mountains in Frisco, Colorado.

Trees and mountains cast long winter shadows just before the sun sets behind the Rocky Mountains in Frisco, Colorado.

Half-light in the shadows is one of my favorite places to shoot winter scenes.

Half-light in the shadows is one of my favorite places to shoot winter scenes.

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