As technology advances and software becomes more important in the creative process, I feel like I'm starting to see more images without pure black. People are lifting shadows to show us what's hidden there. I'm not here to pass judgment on whether the technology is intrinsically making photos or worse. Like any tool, it's up to the photographer to use it properly. Show us one of your best where the shadows (whether pitch dark, or lifted to show us what is hidden in them) are a key element to the photo. I'm looking forward to your submissions. The salon will end on August 31st, so you'll have just under 2 weeks to shoot something new or pull something from your archives. _______________________________________________ Rules are simple................ 1. Either take a picture that matches the nominated theme or select one from your portfolio. You must be the photographer that created the picture in order to enter it. 2. Only one entry per salon, please. If you want to withdraw an entry and replace it with another, that is OK, but you must make it clear in the post containing your replacement picture that this is what you've done. You can add or change the title and add to the edit line to let everyone know. 3. The decision of the curator at the end of the challenge is final - don't give him/her a hard time about it: this is just a friendly photo challenge, after all! 4. The person who submitted the chosen picture will assume the responsibility of curator for the next Salon Challenge and as soon as possible post a message in a new thread in the PL Photo Challenges forum, with details of the new theme. Don't forget - that opening message must include a copy of these instructions, which also double as the rules. 5. The curator can't enter his or her own salon. 6. Please, don´t be shy...Participate and have fun!