Brenda’s Photo Study: Contemplative Photography XI – Patterns of Light

This is my entry for Brenda’s A Photo Study: Contemplative Photography XI – Patterns of Light, which was posted on Nov. 10, 2018.

On her post, Brenda wrote, “I found that this exercise “seeing patterns of light” was a bit of a challenge for as I was more drawn towards patterns created by shadows. Therefore, while on a photo walk, I found that when I connected with light, I had to actually stop and question, “is this a light pattern or a shadow pattern?”

Now, I started asking myself the same question: “is this a light pattern or a shadow pattern?” — A question that has never came to my mind in the past, that is.


(Halifax Titanic Cemeteries)

After staring at many photos and giving a lot of thoughts on this subject, I think it has a lot to do with which pattern (light pattern or shadow pattern) is the dominating pattern in the photo. Yes?

It’s not a secret that I enjoy reading/studying/contemplating Brenda’s A Photo Study. I haven’t done it as often as I like to because, to be honest, some are too advanced for me (ha ha), and some require more time than I have had. Hopefully I will catch up a little in this year. And, again, thank you, Brenda.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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6 Responses to Brenda’s Photo Study: Contemplative Photography XI – Patterns of Light

  1. carol1945 says:

    Is there light without a shadow? Is there a shadow without light? A lot to think about.

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Carol. True (what you said), but we can choose only include light or only include shadow in our photos, isn’t it? 😉
      This study is interesting to me. Most of the time I see patterns. I don’t think I have separated light patterns from shadow patterns. After this exercise, I think, I will observe even better. I hope.
      Have a wonderful day, my friend.

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  2. Great captures for the challenge Helen!!!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Paulo. I don’t know about you… I do a lot of things without knowing why I do them. I have no idea that I have taken some light-pattern photos before. It’s nice to know. Ha.
      Have a great day.

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  3. brenda says:

    I love Halifax! Thank you Helen for taking the time to join me in this year-long project. I found myself, again, pondering the question — light or shadow patterns — and realized that what this lesson did was to encourage me to pause a bit before pressing the shutter and to explore more deeply with the elements that drew my attention.

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Brenda. I like what you said, but I am thinking…
      >> “…encourage me to pause a bit before pressing the shutter and to explore more deeply with the elements that drew my attention.”
      Do I want to pause at that moment or I rather figure this out when I review the photo later? If I do it at that moment, it’s fresh so I probably would have a better idea, but would I miss the chance to take the next photo?
      I guess it may depends on the situation (here, I answer my own question 😉 If I can afford the time to pause, I think it would help me improve my skill; if I don’t have time, I should move on. Hmm… so much to think about.
      The more I think about it… I should add more to my reply to Paolo. Even though I always see patterns, both light and shadow, I wonder if, deep down, I would notice shadow patterns more quickly than light patterns. This is one thing I like to find out.
      Have a wonderful day, Brenda.

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