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LAPC #152: Shades and Shadows Dilute the Car Show

Time for a simple, but hopefully enjoyable challenge for this week – Shades and Shadows. As the weather is fairly hot over here now, you can guess why I chose this theme. Of course it can be interpreted less literally, but as always you are free to surprise us!

Anne Christine AKA Leya

Shade or Shadow – Good or Bad?

On a hot summer day most people would say that shade and an ice cold lemonade, milkshake, or beer are welcome treats. Walking in the 90 degree noonday sun, Visalians aimed for the shade of the Visalia oaks. These same trees made taking good pictures of cars difficult.

My good friend Leanne Cole in Australia taught me that shadows across part of someone’s face was a very bad photographic faux pas. It assumes the same naughtiness across the hood of a beautiful car as you can see in most of the photos below.

Shadows at this car show meant that someone or something got battered by the hot orb in the sky. I’m not a big fan of extreme heat, so I prefer shade. On a cold London night, a shadowy alley would not give off a good vibe. Today we stayed in the light and observed its obstructions.

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

Warren Buffett

I took four or five pictures of #1 Bucket as I chatted with the owner. When I returned home, I was horrified to find not one good picture without dancing shadows covering the bug. Nonetheless, Leya offered me a grand opportunity to display shade and shadows, thus making my favorite shade of blue car back in fashion. The photo demonstrates examples of both shade and shadows.

Fully shaded, my friend’s grandson posed for me in front of his favorite blue car.

dancing light
playing with senses
cool respite
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Submitted for Tanka Tuesday 229 Synonyms “dawn, twilight”

harsh shadows
bold streaks dominate
noon day sun
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disguising beauty
colors dim
shadows laugh with glee
© 2021 Marsha Ingrao Haiku

Submitted for Tanka Tuesday 229 Synonyms “dawn, twilight”

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  1. This shows (!) there is a place for everything! Never throw away a photo until you have found a place for it…Love your show and the little boy – he looks so happy and content with his car. And, to my eyes, the last shot of the orange car could not have been better made any way. The shadows are enhancing it and almost making faint flames. Thank you for adding these to the challenge – much appreciated!

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    • Thanks so much, Leya. One thing that makes your challenge so interesting is the prompts. It’s nice that we get to use photos that we might throw away, and we can usually tell what’s been going on in our lives through a challenge, but it promotes divergent thinking. I’m thinking of starting a photo challenge, but first, I want a team, like you have, and secondly, I want to help people think, not just throw in their old vacation photos. I love the “art” part of your challenge, and I try to make some changes to make my photos original for each challenge, and in this case, choose only the best that fit the theme criteria. 🙂


  2. I enjoyed the car shots, shade or not, especially the Beetle as I had one years ago. The little boy is so cute but those wooden seats do NOT look comfortable in any weather or temperature!!


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    • Hi Janet, Those wooden seats did not look great to me. I think that was my freckled friend’s favorite car. 🙂 I’m not sure of the appeal. 🙂


  3. Lovely poems! My first car was a Volkswagen bug too, like this one, but dark blue. I don’t mind shadows in the photos, I think it shows the moment. Great shots!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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