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TOPIC: Shadows v Shade

Shadows v Shade 30 Jun 2018 17:44 #4995

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I'm going through my catalogue looking to see if I have any more shadow images worthy of uploading for selection into Albany Comp. I'm looking at a number of landscapes and for some reasons I've just started to wonder what the difference is between shadows and shade.

Can anyone provide a down to earth logical answer for me? Mr Google has just confused me even more.
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Shadows v Shade 01 Jul 2018 09:47 #4996

Hi Chris

My first reaction was that a shadow would produce a distinct shape on the surface that it was projected on to.

However, looking at the dictionary definition it seems like shade could be just another word for shadow:

1. countable noun
A shadow is a dark shape on a surface that is made when something stands between a light and the surface.
An oak tree cast its shadow over a tiny round pool.
Nothing would grow in the shadow of the grey wall. [+ of]
All he could see was his shadow.
Synonyms: silhouette, shape, outline, profile

2. uncountable noun
Shadow is darkness in a place caused by something preventing light from reaching it.
Most of the lake was in shadow.
...a combination of light and shadow.
Synonyms: shade, dimness, darkness, gloom

Confusion reigns.
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Shadows v Shade 01 Jul 2018 20:44 #5001

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haha thanks for that 'down to earth' account.
Cheers Chris
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Shadows v Shade 08 Jul 2018 11:05 #5018

No definitions just my interpretation for what it is worth... I consider shade to be an absence of light and a shadow to be a distinct shape, pattern or feature created by the ‘shade’.
Without shade their is no shadow, but the shadow gives a story to the shade!!!
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Shadows v Shade 09 Jul 2018 16:38 #5030

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things beneath shade could be said to be in shadow.....
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