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The Beauty Of Shadows

From Ansel Adams’ zone system with full details in shadows and highlights, to Brett Weston’s suggestion and mystery through dark shadows. Rafael Rojas explains why he considers shadows to be important elements in his compositions

During the last few weeks, I have been enjoying one of the latest photographic books I have purchased: "Brett Weston: Master Photographer". I have always loved Brett Weston’s work and consider him as one of my all-time favourite photographers. His bold use of design in his photographs and his almost abstract approach of both the classical and the intimate landscape filled me with awe when I first saw one of his photographs many years ago. If I had to choose a couple of images which particularly represent the aspect of his work that strikes me the most, those would be "Garrapata beach" and "Mendenhall Glacier". These two photographs, taken as wide landscapes with a large format camera and a standard lens, show scenes that...

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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