20/20 Photo Challenge : Light

Last week I missed joining in with Jude’s photography challenge. The assignment was to take 6 photos through the day showing the changing light. Jude gave us an excellent example here. But  in my part of Australia we had a week of grey, dull days, no consistent sunshine and even rain. Well I suppose it is only 2 weeks to winter… Impossible conditions to show changing light.

This week it is another, for me, difficult assignment. Something I have not tried before. I almost gave up again.

This week’s assignment – Create one image using strong lighting which creates strong shadows and emphasises contrasts in tones and one image with much lighter tones. If you have post-processing software try experimenting with ‘low key’ and ‘high key’ effects.

Suddenly, today, I had a flash of inspiration. I remembered I had downloaded some photography apps a long time ago onto the Ipad, but never used them…

Now was the time to metaphorically “dust them off”.

I made a cup of tea and played around with the technology. Using “Snapseed” this is what I came up with.7162729008_3cb115b523_o (1)_3264x2448This is the original photo of a pretty little light house but I have no idea where it was, but what a dramatic light….

First made into a high key image. Then dramatically darkened to low key and finally into black and white.

But I decided the original image, though a dramatically lit photo, was too dark to start with for this excercise. So searched around for something else.IMG_0371 (2)_4000x3000This is the lighthouse at Manukau Heads in New Zealand. So let’s see what this looks like when made more dramatic.IMG_0371 (1)_4000x3000Then given the high key treatmentIMG_0371_4000x3000Not a lot of difference from the original. Finally into black and white.IMG_0371 (2) bnw_4000x3000Now all together.


Now closer to home. Our beach at Burleigh Heads. This was the photo I used for the last photo challenge assignment. The photo taken late afternoon the setting sun creating long shadows. So let’s see what it will look like when changed to high and low key.IMG_0592_2064x1548

High key, low key and black and white.

Well this was an interesting way to spend time on a rather cold day, but I don’t think I will be using that app very often.


Thanks Jude for hosting this challenge. It is making me look at my photos from a different perspective. Jude has done 3 posts for this weeks assignment all quite different and well worth taking a look at.  assignment 3  assignment 2  assignment1  





  1. I prefer the originals too – but the dramatic versions of both lighthouses are wonderful. I could see One of them as the cover of a gothic novel with the long-haired floaty-dressed heroine running away looking back over her shoulder at … something. Or maybe I just have an over active imagination.

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  2. The first lighthouse is very dramatic before making any changes, but I actually like the high key version of this one, as it looks completely different and would be lovely as a romantic book cover. The Manukau Heads lighthouse is very different. The high key I think brightens up the rather dull grass and phormiums in the foreground, bringing out the textures and by softening them makes them more a part of the photo, the low key on the other hand changes the atmosphere completely, making it look much more dramatic and moody. And again in the last shot the high key works well, brightening up some parts of the image.

    The objective is to try and understand how light, and in this case the tones of light, affect how we ‘see’ an image. I agree with the other comments that the originals are great photos, but by tweaking the midtones we can produce something very different as you have shown and change what we see. Thank you for persevering in what has been a more difficult part of the challenge Pauline. I love your examples.

    I’m afraid June will be slightly challenging too! But it is all too easy to simply keep taking the same shots and I know I become complacent. Challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone is making me look at my photos in a different way now and experiment. I hope you are enjoying the learning experience too 😁

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    • Thanks for a very comprehensive reply Jude. It certainly was a learning curve and “snapseed” can do quite a lot more, but whether I will be able to work it all out is another learning curve. I do agree with your assessment of the photos. The changing of light gives a totally different atmosphere to the shot.

      I’ll have to take a sneak peep at what’s coming. I am enjoying this challenge Jude, it is certainly a learning experience and making me look for different aspects of my shots.


  3. I enjoyed the captures of the lighthouse especially once it had been lightened up. There is something mystical about them and the families or lone man who worked at keeping ships safe as they ventured towards shore. I have a large collection of lighthouses.

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  4. I could not put a like on this post, not because I did not like it, it was because the like choice did not appear on my computer
    . My comment will let you know I liked your exercise in changing the mood of a photo by changing the tone and colour. I also enjoyed reading the comments of other followers.

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    • Thanks for the link Jude. I’ve been very lax with the blogging this year, but i enjoy cruising around my favourites blog when I sit down for a cuppa. Best wishes for a safe Christmas. Starting to look like we may not go to Sydney, they’ve just had a small outbreak and our premier may shut the borders again. ☹️😷


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