"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

School Chairs & Chain Link Shadows in the Snow

Someone left the chairs out in the snow. Today the sun came out.  I photographed these a couple of weeks ago and they just looked uninteresting to me.  So not the whole chair, just a part. It was the shadows that attracted me today.

This morning I saw my first sundog*.
I was unable to photograph it properly.
It was a stunning sunrise from the Birmingham Bridge.
I didn’t even know what a sundog was until Joanne
sent me a photo of one.
It was clear and cold, blue sky and a magnificent sun.
It is amazing how you can feel when it is light.
The view of the sundog from the school parking lot seemed less dramatic.
I was trying to show our librarian.  Definition below.
*from good old wikipedia
A sun dog or sundog (scientific name parhelion, plural parhelia, from Greek parēlion, (παρήλιον), παρά(beside) + ήλιος(sun), “beside the sun”; also called a mock sun or a phantom sun) is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.[1]

Sundogs may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right of the sun, 22° distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun, and in ice halos. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low.

A classic assignment for beginning photographers- Capture the shadow!

4 responses

  1. Beth Piraino

    A very wintery picture.

    February 11, 2011 at 7:53 am

  2. Laura

    spring is near!

    February 11, 2011 at 8:14 am

  3. Sue Reinfeld

    I love shadows. Means the sun is shining.

    February 11, 2011 at 9:21 am

  4. karin

    unoccupied school chairs, featured out of context always make me feel a bit sad… there is an abandonment that comes along with the image. But the shadows are interesting.

    February 13, 2011 at 1:04 am

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