On the Edge

On the edge

the cusp ~ the difference between light and dark #1

I have chosen a series of images which I have grouped together as being on the edge.

at a point where mystique and refinement are achieved

Rim lighting intrigues me as it provides a stark dark contrast to that which is usually seen, and let me be honest it’s not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea. I feel either sets itself up as either instant reject or instant impact, depending on a particular viewer’s perspective.

Lighthouse Factor

I hope each sets a mood. I also hope that this inspires a few more people to have a go at it ~ as it is a bit lonely being on the edge.

Hook Hands

One word of warning if you are seeking this type of capture ~ when you are focusing on the cusp (the edge between dark and light) be careful not to look straight into the sun in the viewfinder (as this can cause serious damage to your eyes).

Approach Shot
These images are a delicate balance of highlights, shadows and mid-tones, and for me help to produce very satisfying dynamic monochrome images

Shadows and Spirits

A reason to believe

Windmills make great subjects to try this technique on as there is always a strong structured shape and some filigree type pattern in the sails to focus on, oh and a little floating cloud passing by helps to.

Daudet’s Windmill 2b


  • Mary Ann Reilly
    Mary Ann Reillyalmost 4 years ago

    Oh my. What an intense collection. I am seeing them as a show on a gallery wall (Very white wall). Marvelous and intense.

  • thank you Mary Ann, much appreciated

    – ragman

  • Mary Ann Reilly
    Mary Ann Reillyalmost 4 years ago

    At the point where…is my all time favorite of your work. That is simply a masterpiece, David.

  • thank you Mary Ann, much appreciated
    simply a masterpiece ~ yet it is so simple

    – ragman

  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous all of them! I agree with Mary Ann, would make a stunning gallery collection!

  • thank you Berns, much appreciated

    – ragman

  • reflexio
    reflexioalmost 4 years ago

    super collection, love your B&W work.

  • thank you John, much appreciated

    – ragman

  • Louise Fahy
    Louise Fahyalmost 4 years ago

    These are really interesting, love the first one.

  • thank you Louise, much appreciated

    – ragman

  • lucin
    lucinalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for this inspiration. I love how you share information. It has added to my work. This collection is grand. Especially love “Lighthouse Factor.”

  • thank you Lucin, much appreciated

    – ragman

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 4 years ago

    great collection

  • thank you Sean, much appreciated

    – ragman

  • berndt2
    berndt2almost 4 years ago

    very cool series – the way the dark is a ‘presence’ rather than merely an absence of light is what works for me!

  • Thank you Berndt, you echo my own thoughts on this

    – ragman

  • walela
    walelaalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful shots

  • Thank you

    – ragman

  • ragman
    ragmanalmost 4 years ago

    “On the Edge” was featured in All Things Poetic, Artistic and Philosophical