In The Shadows Of Life Weekly Favourites | 25th May – 31st May

“For what is life but alternate times of light and shadow? When we work out the shadow part in ourself, the times of the shadow are not so dark.” ~ Lynne Namka 

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Greig Reid

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Bespoke Southern Photography

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2B Seen Photography

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Cynthia Dawson Photography

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Momentologie Photography

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@applewood photography

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Tiffany Erb Photography

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Jess Soper Photography

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Privizzini’s Passion Photography

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Helio Sun Photo

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Stacey Repinski Photography

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Tess Runion Photography

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In The Shadows Of Life Weekly Favourites | 17th – 24th May

Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows,the light and dark which that thing provides ~ Junichiro Tanizaki 

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Desra Ramey- Photography

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Joni Burtt Photography

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Marlize Meeding Meyer

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Melisa Renee Photography

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Applewood Photography

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Tanya Nadine Photography

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Catchnkiss Photography

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Solas Images

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Privizzini’s Passion Photography

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Karen Osdieck Photography

In the Shadows of Life | Weekly Favorites (May11-17)

 

“Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.”

-Conrad Hall

 

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2B Seen Photography

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Applewood Photography

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Danielle Kilgore Photography

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Holly Nicole Photography

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Karen Osdieck Photography

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kelly m photography

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Melina Nastazia Photography

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Melissa Hines Photography

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Privizzini’s Passion Photography

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Privizzini’s Passion Photography

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Somer Hoffman Photography

In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | May

 

     This month we are sharing with you the talent of Courtney Maltman, the artist behind Momentologie Photography.

“Whenever I convert an image to black and white, I am conscious about the mood I want to portray. Darker images often convey more soul, and my lighter ones can be free and spirited.” Courtney is especially able to connect the viewer with the soul of her photographs by her close attention to details. She is able to infuse the little details that make up childhood, such as the wispiness of a little girl’s hair, or the busy hands of a little boy, with a certain sense of nostalgia that seems very timeless and emotional. Which is exactly why you can’t help but feel attracted to and curious about her work.

Please enjoy the beauty of childhood as seen through Courtney’s eyes.

 

 

Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

It feels right. It makes me feel…something. I think that’s the point, to actually have work make the artist and the viewer feel something. There are definitely times when I think color is necessary to an image, but for the most part, I think it distracts from the subject. I process 95% of my personal work in black and white.

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For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

Whenever I convert an image to black and white, I am conscious about the mood I want to portray. Darker images often convey more soul, and my lighter ones can be free and spirited.

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Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way? What draws you to this style of photography?

Because with black and white imagery, there are no distractions. Without color, you must focus on the subject and mood of the photograph.

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When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

Light. It is always about the light. There can’t be shadows without the light.

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What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

What I try to capture is the rawness of their emotions and the beauty of their innocence, in simple moments and details. Adults tend to be clouded by distractions and being perfect; children are passionate, pure, unadulterated, and beautiful!

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Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

My tip would be to find the best light for the moment, and don’t be afraid to crank up your ISO. Grain can add so much emotion to an image.

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What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?

Three things: 1. My children, hands down, always inspire me. 2. I am very inspired by golden hour light and freelensing. The two together bring such a beautiful harmony. 3. Unplug! Stop looking at what everyone else is doing and just take your camera out and use it. When I was feeling uninspired this winter I did both of those things. Freelensed a ton indoors and played with double exposure. It was a soulful way to get me out of a creative funk.

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What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?

Late afternoon through the golden hour. I love dramatic rim light and backlit images.

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What’s in your camera bag?

Nikon D7100, Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art, Nikon 50mm 1.8 for freelensing. I am clearly a minimalist. 😉

ITS4

JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

I always shoot RAW, edit mostly in LR and finish in PS with anything I can’t do in LR.

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In The Shadows of Life | Weekly Features (May 4-10)

“You can’t run from the shadow. But you can invite it to dance.”

-Unknown

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Applewood Photography

ERIN VONRUDEN KEOGH

Erin VonRuden Keogh

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Holly Nicole Photography

joni

Joni Burtt Photography

karen osdieck photog

Karen Osdieck Photography

kimberly walla photography

Kimberly Walla Photography

LIZ GODFREY PHOTOG

Liz Godfrey Photography

PRIVIZZINIS

Privizzini’s Passion Photography

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Solas Images

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Somer Hoffman Photography

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Sonia Epple Fotografie

In The Shadows of Life Collaborative | Collection TEN

“A light from the shadows shall spring.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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Cate Wnek Photography

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Samantha Lawson Photography

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Lens & Beauty

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Photographs by Jennifer

Kate

Kate Vellacot pictures

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Nicola Stewart Photography

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Rahel Krabichler: photography and imagination

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Ana Rosenberg Photography

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Kelly Jacobi Photography

Cousins at home

Niki Boon Photography

In The Shadows Of Life | Weekly Favorites April 27 – May 03

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”– Anna Karenina

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Charlotte Heart Inspired

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Karen Osdieck Photography

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Momentologie Photography

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 Sonia Epple Fotografie

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 Kristin Hiatt Photography

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TKP One Story

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  Somer Hoffman Photography

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Rebecca Wang Photography

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Catchnkiss Photography

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  Somer Hoffman Photography