Top 10 WeeklyFstop Photos: Shadows

Top 10 WeeklyFstop Photos: Shadows

Some of the strongest photographs utilize shadows to enhance the mood of a photo as well as sculpt the light. Mastering the art of seeing shadows and learning how to capture them in an interesting way can greatly improve your photography.

Some people don't like to venture out with their camera in the harsh midday sun. This can be a great time to see and practice photographing some very stark black shadows. Playing with patterns, positive and negative space, and exposure levels is a great way to learn new techniques to use in your photography.

A popular subject for people first getting into photography is a sunset. While shooting the fleeting light in the sky can produce pleasing shots with great color and depth, sometimes you tend to miss all the long shadows produced by the low light source.

None of our readers had any trouble finding some awesome shadow shots to share this week. I hope you enjoy. If you have a different favorite than my choice, be sure to say so in the comments. Taste is always subjective.

10. Afonso Pereira

9. MJ Vilardi

8. Spechtgold and Stephen Holst (tie)

7. Evan F Smith

6. Nico

5. Dominic

4. Ryan Wilson

3. Jowell Protasio

2. Steve Conroy

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1. Fuji Traveller

This shot has me instantly lost in thought along with Señor Juan. Photos full of emotion and minute details like this one are not easy to pull off. The fall off into the shadows really highlights and isolates the face and hat very well. Great shot, Fuji Traveller.

What Is This Week's Theme and How Do I Enter?

There is something exciting and cool about something that is new. But something that is old has more of a story to it. In your own way, share a shot with us that depicts something old and full of character.


To enter, simply use the hashtag #weeklyFstopOld on any public Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr post between now and our next weeklyFstop article. Please keep it to one entry per week to keep it fair and less cluttered.

Here are the previous week's results for anyone who may have missed them:

  1. Leading Lines
  2. Bold
  3. Color
  4. Yours
  5. Simplicity
  6. Monochrome
  7. Music
  8. Light
  9. Action
  10. Thankful
  11. Bokeh
  12. Toys
  13. Snow
  14. Frozen
  15. Warmth
  16. Sunrise
  17. Landscape
  18. Favorite
  19. Gathering
  20. Green
  21. Pink
  22. Gold
  23. Happiness
  24. Macro
  25. Street
  26. Long Exposure
  27. Circle
  28. Outdoors

Remember, there is no guarantee posting a photo will result in it being featured. If you happened to submit but fell short, please don't be discouraged. Keep shooting and try to gain techniques or ideas from the photos that are selected. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas, feel free to contribute in the comments. I'm always open to future theme suggestions. I hope you are all enjoying the theme as much as I am. Keep up the good work.

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Pedro Pulido's picture

thank you for the first place. that is one of my favourite portraits since i came to Peru and i think your description spots exactly what i most enjoy about the technical side of this shot!
On a personal note, this Sr. Juan has become a good friend and it is a joy to see him featured in such a big photography community! Cheers Michael !

Michael B. Stuart's picture

That's awesome to hear, Pedro. It really is a great shot.

jowell protasio's picture

I like how you captured that image. Congrats on getting first.

Michael B. Stuart's picture

You aren't kidding. They have some awesome work. Thanks for sharing!

Rajeev Nedumaran's picture

killer theme for next week! nice!! looking forward to entering it. Cheers

jowell protasio's picture

YAY! being in top 10 is cool, but I got in at 3rd, thank you! :) and that image was shot with my D90 and a kit lens too. :)

Michael B. Stuart's picture

Congrats joel protasio! Thanks for submitting.