Shadow and Light


Wotan’s Throne-morning


Wotan’s Throne-afternoon

I’ve written earlier in the year about the rermarkable difference in light on the same formation with the passing of time throughout the day.  Here’s another example of how very different the light can be on this easily identified formation known as Wotan’s Throne.  You’re looking at the west-facing side in these two reference photos.  Although photographed in two different locations, I cropped them so they were nearly identical.  Just look at how blue the shadows are early in the morning at this time of year.  AND as late in the year and as low as the sun is in the sky, the shadows remain on the left side of “Wotan” even though they narrow a lot.  In the summer when the sun is much higher in the sky, they shadows will shift to the right side in late afternoon.  

So, if you were to paint this scene, which exposure are you drawn to?  You’ll look for a 1/3-2/3 light and shadow relationship and interesting shadow/light patterns.  Can’t make up your mind?  Neither can I.  Maybe paint both!  © Dawn Sutherland  2017