Light and Shadow

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.- C.G.Jung, The Philosophical Tree” (1945).

Light and Shadow

One of my photography collections, entitled “Light and Shadow”, is rather small and I have only shared one image here, actually, my fist blog post

Spanning from 2018 and despite the fact that I like taking these types of photos, I have very few of them. This is not surprising since these images are more easily found in an urban environment, whereas I usually go out for photography in nature.

The other day, however, I decided to buy a dedicated lens for my “toy camera”, the Nikon Z50 mirrorless, and on the way back from the store I stopped at Sacramento’s Capital Mall to test it, since I could not wait the 20 min drive home to do so.

The lens, Nikon Z  50mm f/1.8, is surprisingly sharp. I took several pictures of flowers and other botanicals and was very pleased with them. On my way back to the car I saw this building. 

The symmetrical lines called my attention, and the light was just right. 

This is my second architectural photography post, the first one was a photograph of Fort Point.

Location: Capital East Complex, Sacramento, California, USA;

Equipment: Nikon Z50, Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8;

Settings: f/14, 1/125s, ISO 200;

Tips: Look for sunny days, early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the shadows are long. Weekends and early morning are best to avoid people.


Published by Alessandra Chaves

Photographer with a preference for nature photography in black and white and other abstractions.

13 thoughts on “Light and Shadow

  1. Awesome pictures, unfortunately I can’t get through to WordPress. I keep getting an error message.

    Anne Sandler 916-212-1436

    On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 7:07 PM It is all about the light wrote:

    > Alessandra Chaves posted: ” Capitol East End complex, ceiling Capitol East > End complex, floor One of my photography collections, entitled “Light and > Shadow”, is rather small and I have only shared one image here, actually, > my fist blog post. Spanning from 2018 and despite t” >


      1. Well, I got this camera for street photography and hikes because it is light and more portable. It takes sharper and cleaner images more consistently, particularly with higher iso, with the same lenses I use with the d750 (requires an adaptor). The live view is better, can be used to focus (touch screen) and the image you see on the viewfinder emulates the final photo more accurately than the D750. On the downside, it is not a fast camera: I had problems trying to photograph a horse show, and a lot of functions can only be obtained by digging into the menu. That is not good when you have to act fast. But it was cheap and with the mirrorless 50 mm lens, the images are just unbelievable. If you have $$ buy the professional mirrorless, like the z6 I use the z50 as a walkabout camera and second body only. I hope that helps.

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  2. Nice photos. I hope you’ll enjoy this lens. I love 50mm lenses (along with the 35mm).
    Patterns and geometry in urban settings is something I’d be interested to do more of, but I use my time available mostly to go out in nature, as you also say about yourself.

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