Looking for a shadow or the right circumstance to get a good picture that plays with light and dark is not easy. I feel like a lot of times when those shots happen it’s unplanned and just so happens to end up being a really cool picture or you spot it spontaneously and take a picture so when I saw that the new photo challenge from The Daily Post was “Shadowed” I knew I was in for a challenge.
Shadow, from natural light, that isn’t for lack of a better description boring or ordinary is really difficult and can feel forced. I spent the week taking random pictures of the shadow on the wood floor from the sunlight streaming in, the shadows on the ceiling from the sun, etc. All pictures that were alright, and probably would’ve been fine to share, but nothing I was excited about.
Then, one night I was about to go to bed and I glanced at this little metal, Eiffel Tower souvenir I got when I went to France for the first time ever when I was 14. I went with my French class to France over spring break when I was a freshman in high school. It’s only a few inches tall, but this little souvenir was my favorite thing I brought back. I wondered to myself whether this little tower would cast a shadow against my wall if I turned off the ceiling light in my room and have a smaller lamp in my room be the only light. Lo and behold it cast a perfect Eiffel Tower shadow onto my wall and I finally had a shadow picture I was happy with!