Light and Shadow

I put some legwork into this one. I walked and walked and walked around this parking garage at 5:30am in the morning looking for the perfect symmetry of lights…one hidden, one not, but feeling like both of them were pointed directly at me. I found a similar scene elsewhere, but I didn’t like the lack of detail on the garage floor, so I kept looking for some awesome tire tracks that would appear as if they were coming from where I was standing. And, I mean, to get the reflection of shiny cement on the left, but a shadow on the right…well, that takes planning, practice and lots of trial and error.

Okay, whatever…I’m totally lying. This is what I see everyday at work the second I step out of my car. In fact, I think my camera fell out when I opened the door, hit the ground, fired off a bunch of brackets and I was like “Wow, these are pretty good Camera…well done.”

But seriously, I have been wanting to take some photos of this place in the early mornings and it’s finally dark enough still at 6am for it to be possible. I definitely was struck by the support beam blocking out one of the lights and creating this fantastic shadow.

Lesson for today is to make sure you take a look at where you “are” not where you could “be.” Sometimes I see the photos that friends take in exotic locations that I just can’t afford to get to. Like the coast of Oregon just as a small example. And while yes, I still want to go there someday, there is nothing better to pass the time until that happens by taking a look around you.

This photo is by no means the Pacific Northwest and the infamous Thor’s Well…but you know what, if you were standing by that sinkhole and had taken 100 photos of it…you might be thinking, “I really wish I could take a picture of a dark and stanky parking garage with some sweet shadows…”

Beat you to it man.

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Great context Mike, and the photo is amazing as well! Great job!

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  • http://www.sabrinahenry.com sabrina

    This is a great lesson, Mike and one I’m hearing more and more. What excites me though is seeing the results of that lesson. Like this image. Well done!

  • http://heathofee.com Heath OFee

    I love the play of shadows and light in this one…plus, for some reason, I’m a sucker for parkade photos. Nice work!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nu_husky_91/ John Tammaro

    Love the lights and shadows and how they play of each other

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    I love the subtle texture of this.

  • jina

    love it! and what you said is a good lesson for life too… nicely done, young sage.