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Alternating Light in photos for this week's photo challenge. I changed the colors to more of a grayscale look.

Photo Shoots With Laz: Alternating Light in Photos | Laz’s Lounge

The prompt for Week 6 of the 52 Photo Challenge is …

Alternating Light and Rhythm

Alternate patterns of light to bring depth and rhythm to the photograph.

The challenges for each week are also divided into one of 4 categories. The category for this week is…

Vision

This category is designed to push you to go beyond sight, to insight; to take inspiration and make it a reality. Vision exists in your imagination and is revealed your photographs; expressing something otherwise invisible. Developing a Vision for your work is showing to others what you see in your mind’s eye.

 

Alternating Light Photo Challenges

This photo challenge proved to be difficult in regards to choosing a subject for my composition and what alternating light actually meant.

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to capture this week’s prompt, so I perused the subreddit thread to view other submissions from photographers.

The biggest aspect that stood out was that many photographers edited their photos to be in grayscale.

Some kept their photos in color, but grayscale aided in bringing depth and rhythm to the photograph.

Instead of making the entire photo grayscale, I left a more subdued color with the pineapple fronds to give more of an in-depth effect with alternating lights.
Instead of making the entire photo grayscale, I left a more subdued color with the pineapple fronds to give more of an in-depth effect with alternating lights.

After some deliberation, I decided that alternating light through the natural pattern of a pomegranate fruit would be perfect for this prompt. Unfortunately pomegranates are out of season here in Michigan, so I settled for a pineapple’s fronds and cut-open kiwis.

In all honesty I didn’t do a lot of prep work for the photo; I set the pineapple up on the table, shot a few photos and was happy with the result. All in all it took about ten minutes to shoot, whereas the real time investment was in Adobe Lightroom.

 

Alternating Light Photo Edits

Here's the before and after effects of my editing to achieve that perception of depth in this week's alternating light photo challenge
Here’s the before and after effects of my editing to achieve that perception of depth in this week’s alternating light photo challenge

The biggest edit in my photos for this week’s alternating light challenge involved removing the color in my photos. After playing with the saturation I actually decided to not completely remove all the color in the photos, leaving behind the subdued green of the pineapple fronds.

I’ve never been a fan of subdued colors and grayscale (which is probably obvious in how colorful and sharp I make my photos as part of my art style). This challenge actually made me reconsider that, as the subdued tones of the green were quite appealing to my eye, lending an extra level of depth with the highlights and shadows adjusted.

This leads into my other edits, where I raised and lowered my shadows, highlights, black and whites to create the desired effect. I also completely raised my sharpness to add more definition to the pineapple fronds, as well as played with the luminosity and vibrance of the greens to make the pineapple fronds appear brighter and lighter instead of a “fuller” green.

 

Laz’s Question of the Day: Alternating Light Photo Afterthoughts

I’m pretty happy with how this week’s challenge turned out. I was hesitant to see the end result, but this has been the best week I’ve had shooting. It’s also made me reconsider my shooting style and I plan on dabble in more subdued colors compared to the photography style I currently have. What are your thoughts on this week’s challenge and how these photos turned out? Let me know in the comments below!

Author: Brandon Lazovic

Brandon Lazovic is a district digital manager at General Motors assisting a number of dealers in New Mexico and southern Colorado with website optimization, reputation management, content creation, CRM integration, social media promotion and search engine marketing. Before Lazovic began working at General Motors he collaborated with start up companies in Ann Arbor, Mich. to expand their businesses through digital marketing initiatives and previously served as the news editor for the Eastern Echo in 2016 and as a staff writer for the EMU media relations department in 2017.