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Drop Shadow

Drop Shadow
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Copyright: Mushtaq Hussain (mushtaqhussain) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1685 W: 62 N: 3007] (13921)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-02-16
Categories: Nature, Artwork, Experimental, Mood
Camera: Nikon D700, Vivitar - Series-1 AF-19-35/3.5-4.5
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-02-20 10:04
Viewed: 1635
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Folks.

I have been out all day and when at home most of the time there is no light as we live centuries back due to our sincere leadership?

Well while going to Hanna Lake which is no more lake but a dry desert so in the way I saw this tree and composed it against the sun and the sun was covered behind the tree trunk which created this drop shadow though the timing is normally not ideal for photography directly shooting at sun which gives nothing but OE however here I tried to utilize this sun light which resulted in this how much it succeeded is judged by you respectable members.

I uploaded its color version in Workshop.

Thank you for visiting and useful feedback.
My Best Regards

Fortuna, tnahari, boreocypriensis, fransx, vanda, daisydaisy, gaillarde, CAROL50, werdir, tanburi, Teresat, loribird, dilshan74 has marked this note useful
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To me Mushtaq the light is excellent. The bright sky silhoetting the bare tree, with the wide angle works very nicely! Great use of shadow too.


great work Mushtaq!
the shadow is strong and threatening, coming from the tree shape right to us!
b&w version is better in my opinion, because this shot is about light and shapes, not about colors.
very nice image, really impressive. This is photography!! congrats my friend

Boa tarde dear Mushtaq,

Excellent (and difficult) composition in B&W! I love the contrast between the sky and shadows.
Parabéns e um grande abraço,

Hi Mushtaq
you did a good job with hiding the sun from your camera while catching such a clear shadow of the tree's trunk.
the B&W version enhances the fabulous silhouettes in an artistic way. The original version shows the desert's beauty at dusk. (I like the colors).

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2011-02-20 11:07]

b/w surely stronger imo

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-02-20 11:18]


fantastique iamge quel bel ombre fait le tronc de l'arbe comme il grandit et grandis, superbe raélsiation et jeu avec la lumireère.

Bravo et maitié


Hello, Mushtaq -
Wonderful image - the POV from the shadow of the magnificent tree is inspired. The rugged landscape is clear and sharp. Great atmosphere. Very nice work.

Hi MF Mushtaq,

A very pleasant capture of this leafless tree against to light in a fine composition. A great art work indeed!
TFS and have a nice night/new weekend!


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-02-20 12:11]

Hi Mushtaq,
Another lesson from your behalf on the appropriate use of available lighting! The back lighting is casting a fabulous tall shadow of the tree which is leading us into such depth into the perspective.
A nice B&W shot with superb contrast and perfect light management.
Well done.

Francis Xavier

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2011-02-20 12:28]

Salaam Muhammad!
Beautiful view of this lonely tree, captured with an excellent light. Nice long shadow . The B/W gives a special mood to the scene, but I also like the color version very much.
Congratulations my friend on this lovely image.
Have a nice week.
ciao! Vanda

Hello Mushtaq

I watched the WS and I must say I like both versions.
This b&w atsmophere accentuates the loneliness of this tree.
There are good contrasts and a very good light managed.
Clever pov and great use of shadow.
Artistic work.
My best regards

I like this composition for its simplicity especially that it is in B&W. I like your pov and it has a good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.

Hello Mushtaq,

Excellent silhouette haloed by a beautiful silver sky. This black and white image is elegant in its composition.
It's amazing how the shadows lengthen on the floor.
Congratulations dear friend Mushtaq for this great work.
My friendships and enjoyable week.

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2011-02-20 16:55]

dear Mushtaq,
this back light is fantastic to show us illusionary silhouette of the lone tree,
and its shadow feels so powerful that it looks more realistic than the actual figure of tree here,
nice B&W gradational toned image, and distant back view is wonderful too,
thank you for your excellent shot,

Really dramatic effect.You have rightly chosen b/w version.Congrats!

Good idea to put the color version in the WS to compare Mushtaq and since you ask what i think i would say yes it is a little more dramatic in B&W but the color one shows not only beautiful tones but i can make out slightly better details on the tree and the long shadow as well, a bit more that is visually speaking , i prefer the color one .
It looks as if rain has not fallen here for a long period of time , probably long enough to have dried the lake up , the drought has not inhibited the growth of trees.. well..to a point , whether this large one has stopped enlarging for lack of sufficient water in this harsh environment it still is a proud individual , great sky to bring it to the fore even more , not a bad looking presentation my friend , keep it up ,

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-02-21 6:39]

Hi Mushtaq,
Your nature photos are getting better and better ! Great eye on this photo- a nice conversion to black/white. I love the long shadow and details from the tree. Well composed and TFS Julie

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2011-02-21 8:22]

Hi Mushtaq,

While both versions are nice, I agree that the B&W version has more impact. The silhouette of the tree and long shadow are nicely captured in this contrast laden scene. Nicely spotted and executed.

Best regards,

Hello Mushtaq,
Perfect silhouette of lonely tree on sky. I liked light and texture on ground. Shadow at front add depthness effect
Selahattin E

Boa noite Mushtaq
The good point of color version is to see more details of the place instead of B/W where the atmosphere came more interesting. Your note is, for me ,more in acord with color version.
you did a good photo.
Um abraço

  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-02-21 16:16]

Fantastic shot Mushtaq. The lighting is perfect for this incredible composition in b&w. I think it is wonderful! TFS, Lori

A work of art my friend! Jaw dropping pov and artistic exposure. The B&W tones are amazing with a great composition and beautiful light! Perfect!

best wishes,


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10644)
  • [2011-02-21 23:51]

Salaam Mustaq,
Here I'm at my destination, today it is connected on wireless and enjoying in a limited access. I see here some hing fresh from Quetta that looks faraway but shot well with a nice composition and view. Yesterday I visited the Nayarawan Royal Palace and made many shots, here on my way back found this..
hope to show more of daily life over here, TFS.


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