In this exercise you are looking at the different effects produced by lighting an image from a variety of different sides and heights. All else is kept equal.
|Lighting level and in front|
Here the lighting comes from in front of the statue of the cats. Most of it is well lit.
|Lighting level and from side|
Here the light is from the side, only a small amount of the cats are lit, with most of the faces in deep shadow.
|Lighting level and behind to the side|
Here the cats are virtually unlit, other than a rim of light around the left side, little detail is visible.
|Lighting level and behind|
Here the lighting comes via the diffuser directly behind the cats, this forms a silhouette, with some vignetting effect showing the shape of the bulb.
|Lighting 45deg. and from in front|
The lighting has now been raised and is coming from about a 45 degree angle above the statue. This shows the shapes of the heads and upper parts of the bodied well.
|Lighting 45deg. and from the side|
Here the side lighting is ineffective in showing the planes of the cats. The overall shape is shown, but with little detail.
|Lighting 45 deg. and behind to the side|
This is more successful and shows some rim lighting on top of the cats heads as well as showing the shapes of the bodies.
|Lighting 45 deg. and behind.|
I am not sure why this has come out with such a different colour than the rest. Here the lights almost give a silhouette, but her is some light showing on the cats heads, and just enough on the bodies to act to separate the two cats.
|Lighting above and centre|
Here the light is held directly above the statue, the top edges are lit, but the rest is in darkness.
|Lighting above and in front|
In this one more of the cat is shown in detail and the faces are modelled more clearly.
|Lighting above and behind|
Oddly enough this is successful - with enough light coming though between the statues to illuminate the body of the smaller cat.
In retrospect this exercise would have been better if carried out using a lighter statue, possibly one with colour. In the full images (not made smaller for the web) the changes in light patterning are much more visible showing a wide range of possibilities.
Out of these my preferred image is the last one, although the first one shows most detail.