Lens-Artists Challenge – Shadows & Reflections in Monochrome

With Patti’s challenge being shots in monochrome, I thought this could be fun. Then, when going through images with shadows and reflections I realised it was going to be more dramatic. I loved it! Monochrome is perfect for this; it accentuates both beautifully. I also thought I was going to focus on shadows more. Until I noticed that, with the right tweaking, my reflections were exactly what I wanted.

My opener image is one of my favourite shots from Paris. Night-time Paris is magical by default, and it allowed to a bigger contrast to this view of the Louvre Pyramid.

Continuing with reflections, I’ve tried to keep to strong lines and contrasts.

First, Seville’s Alcazar and the Baths of Maria De Padilla, a water cistern built in the 12th Century. Staying in Spain, the next one is from the Alhambra in Granada. Architecture and reflections are a wonderful pair.

And so are gardens and fountains as the next two art installations at the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, here in Scotland and one of the fountains at the Costume Museum in Lisbon.

Interestingly, shadows proved to be a lot softer. They play with suggestions, and they also give us more about the surroundings and the subjects.

We are back in Paris for this Palais de Chaillot at sunset. I usually have this photo in colour and was very surprised to see how well it worked in monochrome. Next, one of my favourite people shot that also works for shadows, taken at the National Museum of Scotland, many years ago. A reminder of how much I’d like to visit this amazing building again.

The following shadows add to the story, they give more detail, fill in the spaces. On the left, the view from the Notre Dame as it was before the fire. On the left, the River Tagus at Alcochete. Lisbon is on the other side, the pier looking never ending.

A special thank you to Patti for this wonderful challenge. Her post is both beautiful and inspirational, so please have a look and join us. Remember to link back to Patti’s post and to tag with Lens-Artists so we can easily find you.

Last week we welcomed Donna to our team and I loved to see all the messages we shared. Truly uplifting. Next week is Amy’s turn to host. Until then, take care.

Posted for Patti’s Lens-Artist Challenge


51 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge – Shadows & Reflections in Monochrome

  1. Hi, Sofia. Now it’s my turn to say that your post was truly beautiful and inspiring. We’re going to Spain in a few weeks, so you’ve given me some ideas of how to approach the palace and Alhambra. Thank you! And I think your images are terrific. I was really drawn to the lamppost at the bottom–a great perspective with great shadows, the images from Spain and of course the Louvre. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Patti. You are going to love Seville but I expect you’ll love even more Granada. It feels more intense and real, something I can’t explain. I’m glad you liked my post, and thank you for your kind words.

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  2. Sofia, I must say this is one of my favorite of your posts ever. You truly have mastered the art of monochrome as you’ve shown in your beautiful examples. I absolutely loved the Louvre as well as Alcazar and the female statue with its shadow. Marvelous!!

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  3. I love the first two images. When I was in Paris, there was no water in the bassings around the Louvre pyramid. But I love most how the shadow reveals the pose of the statue 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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  4. They all are lead ins to look closer, Sofia. The Alcazar and Alhambra are great showcases for monochrome. The shadow of the sculpture was a great find, and I loved the look from Notre Dame. This was a fantastic challenge, and I loved your take on it.

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