Monday, May 14, 2012

Gorgeous play of Light and Shadow in Central Park

What's special about this shot is that even though the sun is behind the runners, they are fully lit from the front. This spectacular lighting condition came about from a fluke of timing. The Sun was behind them and high enough above their heads so it wasn't flaring my lens, but low enough that it was casting the long shadows on the ground. In the spot that I go this shot the sun was also exactly hitting the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, probably half a mile away, and turning the glass sheathed building into a giant mirror that was shining it's light right back at us and lighting the runners. The result was great rim and hair lighting and long shadows with perfect full fill on all the participants. I love when coincidence and timing create amazing light and shadow dances like this.

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