Jose Cartas  

Shadow by Jose Cartas

June 2020 - Shadow

About the Image(s)

The photo was taken inside the St. Mary's Church in Greifswald (Germany), last September. While walking one side nave, I found this shadow projected by a wall figure onto the floor. The photo was converted to B&W, but the original was already monochromatic, so no big changes here. I just cleaned up some imperfection on the floor and worked a little with the level sliders. Technical specifications: 210mm., 1/400 sec. at f/8, ISO 800, handheld.

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5 comments posted

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Without reading, I imagined -- someone desperately wanting out of our lockdown, or someone surprised by a monster around a corner. It reminds me, somewhat, of a similar image I took not long ago in color. I like the concept and your treatment of this, especially the use of negative space. I would remove the shadow at top right with a slight crop. You might prefer the floor with no imperfections, but it might be interesting to add even more texture across the image.   Posted: 06/09/2020 08:59:34

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Your shadow has a definite air of mystery around it. It is clean and works well in b&w. My only suggestion is to add a 2 pixel white stroke to define the borders especially on the right side.   Posted: 06/11/2020 10:24:32

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Is that writing on the "floor?" The mystery of the subject makes this a really interesting photograph. The lower right had corner needs some definition. Perhaps when it is printed and matted that will be enough. I wouldn't clean up the floor. If anything if the writing can be enhancedm I would try that.   Posted: 06/15/2020 11:10:35

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I found this very disturbing the first time around, and because of that, I think you were very successful.   Posted: 06/15/2020 16:53:16

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
When I look at this image, my initial reaction is trying to figure out what casts the shadow on the right side, but this would be anybody's imagination. Then I would ask what did the maker want to tell us? I think you have achieved your goal by making this surrealistic picture.   Posted: 06/18/2020 08:58:18