Botanic Shadows


β€œThe camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

~ Dorothea Lange

 

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Joshua Tree

 

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Ivy

 

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Palm

 

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Agapanthus

 

“Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.”

~Eliot Erwitt

 

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Agapanthus II

 

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Identity Crisis

 

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Ferns

 

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Curtains and Leaves

 

β€œThe world is in color, you have to work at black and white.”

~ Andrew Maclean

 

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Palm Trunks

 

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Fern II

 

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Bold and Beautiful

 

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Palms, LACMA

 

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118 comments

  1. All gorgeous as usual, but the ivy is really an arresting photo!

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  2. What a big and wonderful collection. It would make a great exhibit. I love Dorthea’s quote … we photogs are always seeing, even when we don’t have a camera at hand. The figure in the last image adds a little twist!

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    • So true, Denise, we are always looking, aren’t we? Happy you enjoyed these- I’ve been collecting them on my walks for a while. Fun to seek out. And you even noticed the figureβ€” see, always looking. πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

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  3. Lovely balance of light and shadow…beautifully captured

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  4. You capture the power of shadows here so well, Jane. It is kind of amazing how B&W can be so moving, and really accentuates your shadow theme. Each shot is perfect in it tells a story, but my favorite one is the Agapanthus shot ~ a feeling of wonder, which is reality and which is fantasy. πŸ™‚ I hope you’ve been doing well, and enjoying the beginning of autumn.

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    • Thanks so much, Randall. Shadow seeking during my daily walks has been a fruitful project. Happy that Agapanthus stood out for you- they make wonderful shadows! We are faring well, thanks, and enjoying some cooler weather and even a little rain in SoCal. Hope you are well, too. πŸ™‚

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  5. Great eye for capturing these images… love Identity Crisis and Joshua Tree especially !

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  6. Great pictures. These BnW shots will undoubtedly be heavy on any other colorful image.

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  7. A beautiful collection, Jane. So well-observed. The patterns are fascinating. I love the mental leap we make from seeing the shadow to creating the mental image of the “real” thing. I love the “Joshua Tree” image (of courseπŸ˜€), and “Identity Crisis.” The long shadows in “Palm Trunks” really draw my eyes down and through the image. Wonderful!!

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  8. What a pleasure, Jane, and you know I’m a shadow fan, too. The palm trunk shadows on the sidewalk may be my favorite here. It makes me feel like I’m walking along a residential street in LA. I really like the first and last photos, too. Shadows on curtains are interesting, which your photograph makes very clear. I like the soft fern shadows, too. As usual, you found the absolute best quotes to go with the images. Descriptive vs. interpretive – what a way to sum up the difference between color and black and white! I keep looking at the last photograph and the way palm shadows pop up along the top and right side, as if those very shadows were in the landscaping plan. That’s the way to use strong, southern California light to your advantage! Good eye!! πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Lynn, Always great to read your reaction to the images. The palm trunks worked surprisingly well in monochrome. It led to doing the whole series in black and white which I think emphasizes the shapes. I had just finished a book called “The Bohemians” – a light read about the early days of the creative scene in San Francisco and featured Dorothea Lange- so she is on my mind. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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  9. Another fabulous collection Jane. I love the opening quote – so true. Too many faves, but I’ll just mention agapanthus, ferns, and curtains&leaves – all three struck the beauty chord for me.
    Alison

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  10. Wow – what a cool and creative series πŸ™‚

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  11. Especially like Agapanthus, very striking overall, including some very striking diagonals. πŸ™‚

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  12. Great theme, project, and captures, Jane.

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  13. how wonderful nature can be in what it creates

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  14. Wonderful collection of botanical shadows, palm trees are a great subject , because of their long unfolding branches.

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  15. What a wonderfully creative collection! You just keep on blowing our minds, please.

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  16. Love these, Jane – one of the gifts of that bright CA light is very cool shadows.

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  17. The stark beauty of chiaroscuro. You capture it so well, Jane.

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  18. Tremendous post – the ferns in particular. Thanks, Jane!

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  19. Excellent shadow work. I especially fell for the ferns which have a lace-like quality to them.

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  20. Just wonderful Jane πŸ’•

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  21. I love these shadows. What an excellent post!

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  22. wow jane, these are really wonderful pictures i like them very much, all each one has something special.
    many greetings robert

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  23. Now trying to figure out how you did “Identity Crisis.” Not unless there’s window view very close by. πŸ˜‰

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  24. πŸ“·πŸ‘

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  25. Very nice series of images! Never thought of having the shadows as the main focus of the images!

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  26. I love these. The palm trunks and ivy are my favorites. Inspiring!

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  27. I love this set! I always come away from your posts inspired to try even harder with my own photography πŸ˜‰

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  28. Very interesting theme and great diversity.

    Thank you for sharing, Jane πŸ™‚

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  29. Ah, yes, one of my favourite themes. It is something that many people don’t actually notice. I posted something similar a while ago. Your ‘identity crisis’ made me smile.

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  30. Very creative work Jane πŸ‘πŸ»

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  31. From start to finish, this post is an amazing abstract study.

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  32. Photography means literally ‘writing with light,’ and yet it’s shadowsβ€”the absence of lightβ€”that intrigue so many photographers, as you’ve shown in your good gallery of shadow play.

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  33. What an outstanding collection. It all starts with taking notice of shadows – oh how many people don’t. Well done!

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  34. Living in the shadows has advantages! Wonderful .

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  35. Such wonderful patterns

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  36. Wow! This so beautiful
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  37. Very original finds ! Have a nice sunday.

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  38. Great collection of shadows Jane. Identity Crisis made me laugh. I love a good title.

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  39. Love the shadow theme, brilliant. β™₯️

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  40. Shadows are great and more mysterious than their original.. Fine set, Jane! πŸ™‚

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  41. Thank you for opening my eyes even wider Jane.

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  42. so beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing these shadowy pictures.

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  43. πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ“·πŸ’–πŸŒΉ bw

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  44. β€œIdentity Crisis” β€” πŸ˜‚

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  45. Excellent quotes and fantastic photos as always, Jane! Such a nice study of shadows

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  46. The black and white shadow photos are awesome! And the quotes are all so fascinating- especially the first one. It is true that we must have the vision of a camera.

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  47. So wonderfully creative and lovely Jane.

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  48. Jane , this post is very inspiring in it’s black and white shadow images .

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  49. β˜ΊοΈπŸ€πŸ–€I’m enjoying the shadows as well Jane ~ sending you joy πŸ€πŸ•Šhedy

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  50. Joshua’s shadows saying hello to all. πŸ˜ƒ

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