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One of our most popular posts on this site is How to Photograph Silhouettes.
Today I thought I’d add to the theory of the topic by posting some examples of silhouettes to give a little inspiration to take some of your own.
Have you taken any Silhouettes? Share them in our forum’s Share Your Shots section.
September 1, 2013 09:35 am
Not sure if it qualifies, but this is my favourite :-)
June 9, 2013 03:07 am
Here are some of mine... Enjoy!
June 4, 2013 03:44 am
I really like the third from the top image of the boy running, you do not often see an action silhouette shot.
Myself, I do not often make silhouette images, but a great blue heron sitting in front of the setting sun I could not pass up:
June 3, 2013 08:04 pm
Excellent photos !!
Here is one I just made a couple of weeks ago in Namibia (Etosha)... I do really like it, and I hope you will too.
June 3, 2013 01:44 pm
Thanks for sharing those great silhouette images. Silhouette is one of my favourites and would like to share some of my selected silhouette images:
The TM Tower
Shadows of spectators during the hot air balloon fiesta
May 8, 2013 01:55 am
Fantastic examples. I'd better get practising!
October 12, 2012 06:16 am
This definitely is fairly fantastic. That may be certainly give me an notion.
May 14, 2012 02:56 pm
Some of my attemp
All of them were taken in krabi Thailand in a second honey moon with my wife just a beautiful sky in the late afternoon
May 4, 2012 06:06 am
Wonderful silhouette shots, I have to try this. Thank you I appreciate your site and all it's wonderful tips.
February 22, 2012 12:45 pm
Found this page via pinterest and so happy I did! LOVE the selection of silhoette photos, my favorite is the man in a boat... but they are all stunning! I am so inspired now, am going to pin this page and try to do some creative silhoette shots in my sessions now!
February 1, 2012 01:58 am
Here's a silhouette of some Temple structures:
December 1, 2011 02:15 pm
I love silhoute photograpy. uhm inspiring and fantastic
October 1, 2011 12:18 am
Just posted another one today and wanted to share with you
August 30, 2011 12:38 am
One of mine
July 2, 2011 03:27 pm
This is one of my first shot
May 6, 2011 01:49 am
very nice pictures and i love photos
April 14, 2011 08:23 pm
Here is one of my attempts:
April 14, 2011 08:19 pm
Here is one of my attempts:
[eimg url='http://jlopez.smugmug.com/Travel/Japan/19032010-IMGP5386-Editar/1217635188_pEAta-M.jpg' title='1217635188_pEAta-M.jpg']
April 11, 2011 09:19 pm
I am indeed inspired with your work. I haven't yet taking this type of photos,but sure I will, I am amazed with your photos.
April 2, 2011 08:16 am
Heres one of mine
April 2, 2011 08:13 am
Nice stuff guys, enjoyed them all.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/18561041@N06/5559922692/' title='Seagull at Sunrise 12-18-09' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5068/5559922692_1a5ab79d7e.jpg']
March 29, 2011 02:49 pm
Love silhouette pictures, they have that special "feeling"...
[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidproesmans/5130339461/' title='Silhouette' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/5130339461_e6f98449b3.jpg']
March 28, 2011 11:48 am
I think silhouettes are a lot of fun, and very instructive on how to to learn photography. Without really thinking about them as silhouettes, I've been taking them for some time now. I imagine that we all have, based on some of the examples put up so far.
I've learned a lot from reading Rowse's DPS articles. But this is the first time that I read one on silhouettes. The linked article is very instructive. But, mainly, it is just being aware of their existence that I find instructive. I look through shots of myself and others and see them now with a new eye. I see how they both expose and hide. They bring drama by understating detail.
I LOVE silhouettes. Thanks for making me aware of them.
Here are two beach scenes from my folder of last summer.
March 28, 2011 10:32 am
[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/mustafakhayat/5562203120/' title='The 26th of March photoshoot' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5257/5562203120_a795fd381c.jpg']
March 27, 2011 01:58 pm
Here is my attempt -
March 27, 2011 12:14 pm
This is the same picture but correct URL.
March 27, 2011 12:11 pm
This is another of my silhouettes.
March 27, 2011 12:09 pm
The first photo was kinda creepy.
March 26, 2011 09:29 pm
Super images!! Loved the canoe shot!!!
March 26, 2011 06:11 pm
How come silhouette photo's are so appreciated? I made an enormous amount of shots at an outtatown wedding in Indonesia, all great photo's (ahem) but my fave indeed is one of my son and some relatives in the canoe taken against the sunset, a bit like photo #7...I believe it's because it creates some sort of intimacy that most people can relate to, as you can tell from all the enthusiastic replies! Lovely examples.
March 26, 2011 10:59 am
I think the two best of the photographs above are the black and white of the child running away from the camera, the shadow is perfect. The second is the amazing sky with four people and their bikes. The things that I notice the most about these images is the colours, reflections and shadows that take the silhouettes to the next level.
March 26, 2011 02:03 am
Some great shots above, here's my contribution http://www.flickr.com/photos/35883591@N08/5478054301/
March 26, 2011 12:35 am
I love the 5th pickure in the set. this is one of my attempts at a silhoutte.
March 25, 2011 08:47 pm
stunning shots there.....
here's one from my collection ---
March 25, 2011 05:40 pm
great shots !
here is one from my side please have a look:
March 25, 2011 03:42 pm
March 25, 2011 09:16 am
All the sil shots are impressive. Hawk's was significant to me because this did not use direct sun or moon light. Really stunned with the colour! Great thinking, blew the box away!!
March 25, 2011 07:11 am
March 25, 2011 07:09 am
Right place at the right time
March 25, 2011 04:45 am
One of the things I love about dps is the inspiration I get from reading about new ideas and old ideas I've forgotten about. Thanks to this article I am going to work on capturing my toddler son in a sillhouette play composition. He's growing so quickly I need to get all the shots I can using different creative approaches before its too late and he's all grown up . Thanks DPS!
March 25, 2011 02:33 am
My version of the Museum D'Orsay silhouettes:
March 25, 2011 02:23 am
Here's a couple others you might enjoy...
March 25, 2011 01:58 am
Here is a portrait; Model Shoot: http://t.co/0ql5eaE
Also from redondo Beach after sunset: Fishermen: http://t.co/lP4n1BM
March 25, 2011 01:57 am
Those were AMAZING. LOVE the shots!!!! (red fish especially)
March 25, 2011 01:52 am
All beautiful images but the first and third are truly spectacular - incredible images.
March 25, 2011 01:23 am
absolutely stunning shots. love many in the comments too. t he one with the man and the net simply AMAZING capture!
March 24, 2011 10:13 pm
love the red in teh fishing shot...
March 24, 2011 05:43 pm
OMG!!! This is STUNNING!!!!!! LOVE the SHOT!!!!! :D
March 24, 2011 03:38 pm
These are great. Thanks for sharing.
March 24, 2011 02:52 pm
One of very few silhouettes I've taken, my best one.
March 24, 2011 02:49 pm
Here are some older pics of silhouettes.
March 24, 2011 11:44 am
March 24, 2011 11:33 am
I have a few to share.
March 24, 2011 11:09 am
Love these, especially the red fishing net and the people against a sunset. Didn't have plans for this weekend but now I'm inspired to try for some more silhouettes.
Took this one about 2 years ago and need to try for some more.
[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/lkn4aurum/3539045620/' title='He's Running Late - Silhouettes & Shadows' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2181/3539045620_576aeba59d_z.jpg']
March 24, 2011 09:38 am
What a wonderful blog. Lot to learn from here.
Here are two example of my work
Sunrise above Melbourne CBD through my window (sunrise Silhouette)
[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/neelelora/4537077059/' title='Sunrise above Melbourne CBD through my window' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4537077059_21915cf7eb.jpg']
The last day (Pregnancy Silhouette)
[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/neelelora/4953809057/' title='The last day' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/4953809057_d46b4f969f.jpg']
Thanks for visiting
March 24, 2011 09:23 am
This was taken at Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, Fl. 1) Little girl doing hand stands in the surf in the surf and 2) hands.
March 24, 2011 08:41 am
March 24, 2011 08:17 am
These silhouettes are amazing. Here's mine of my little 10-month old and her furry companion:
She has recently discovered the window and now the 2 of them like to watch the comings and goings of our neighbors.
March 24, 2011 07:45 am
Thanks for the great story and inspiring pictures!
March 24, 2011 07:33 am
Wow Amazing photos, I don't know which one is my fave. I love them all.
March 24, 2011 07:32 am
[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/dynastyphotoinc/4464908004/' title='Come Along, Follow Me' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4464908004_9540510135.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/dynastyphotoinc/3642117858/' title='The Most Colorful Silhouette' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3609/3642117858_a2d64eefb0.jpg']
March 24, 2011 07:28 am
Here are a couple of mine that I like..
March 24, 2011 06:43 am
Ahh, I love silhouettes! Here are a couple of mine:
Haha, I guess I really like jumping silhouettes :)
February 24, 2011 06:59 am
May 27, 2010 02:59 am
These are nice.
Here's my silhouette set on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregoryjordan/sets/72157612611289551/
April 16, 2010 08:03 am
Those are great photos, i'm a fan of silhouette and i'll practice more on these craft.
April 14, 2010 11:56 pm
Perhaps no harm was meant, and I mean not to start trouble, but I don't care for remarks such as "I have seen better". I think it more useful to encourage someone to develop their potential talent, but offering positive statements maybe with a useful tip, of a photograph that someone was obviously proud enough to offer to view in a public forum. This person should not be discouraged. I speak up because I love photography to the point that I photograph anything I can find endlessly, ....on my iphone, because at this time I cannot even afford a point and shoot, let alone a serious camera. But that does not daunt my aspiration to be a photographer when the time is right, and to be as creative as I can be, going around the obvious limitations of a 3.2 megapixel camera phone without a flash. I just use different editing programs, be as creative and original as I can, and I am quite proud of some of my creations, and have recieved many compliments on my photographs.
Please encourage art.
March 20, 2010 10:12 pm
superb i became great fan of silhouett on seeing this piczs..........
March 17, 2010 02:52 am
Inspiration oozes through this post. Thanks.
February 11, 2010 12:40 pm
You images are absolutely stunning.... I can't say how much I liked them. There was something even spiritual about the way you captured those scenes. Extremely good pictures.
December 26, 2009 09:50 pm
hi there. I really wanted to learn how to take good pictures. I already got Canon 500D and I have already took some shots, but I am not satisfied with the results. Can you please help me on what software do I need so that my pictures will be good like the pros. Thank you so much.
November 26, 2009 03:02 am
Here are some of my shots that I count among my faves!
Sea Gull against a setting sky.. Island Beach State Park, NJ
Clicked aboard a cruise boat - Ellis Island, NY
Manhattan Bridge, New York City, NY
November 19, 2009 12:43 pm
Here's my only successful try at silhouettes. Taken last spring at our local park.[img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/20440192@N08/3505404775/in/set-72157617670577985/[/img]
November 19, 2009 09:39 am
More, much more, than "stunning." Tried to pick a favorite. Couldn't. Will now read everything on the site on this subject. Loved it.
November 4, 2009 10:36 pm
wow, great images!
November 4, 2009 10:08 pm
With due respect, I have seen more beautiful silhouette images than the pictures presented here.
November 4, 2009 04:06 pm
hello,great photos..here's my attempt..
feel free to critique
October 9, 2009 09:50 pm
October 9, 2009 09:49 pm
OK...... back in Aug, you wrote about silhouette photography and I wrote and said I was not educated enough to do this but decided to give it a try anyway. Here's what I took... Now I want to take more....
October 7, 2009 11:06 pm
THis is my first silhouette :)
I like shadows)
September 7, 2009 12:09 pm
silhouette plus accompanying shadow(the natural silhouette) make a great composition!
September 1, 2009 03:52 am
Great picture the one with bycicles, sky is also a plus to composition
August 31, 2009 05:59 am
Amazing... Love the couple by the clock
August 27, 2009 11:47 pm
I am also a silhouette fan and this is also my first time to post. Amazing shots and truly inspirational! And, thank you Darren for such a great website! Love it!
August 26, 2009 09:26 am
Love these! (and so many more on this site) I just took my first shots silhouette style, by accident. I was pretty pleased by the results, but didn’t know if I could do it again. Thanks for the great tips.
August 26, 2009 03:02 am
Heres my best three attempts:
August 12, 2009 09:05 pm
That's some amazing photos! They're really inspiring :)
August 12, 2009 06:37 pm
Thank you for the article and wonderful photos
August 12, 2009 04:59 pm
August 8, 2009 09:28 am
I love backlit shots. We even offer a workshop on it at the college where I teach...
Here are some of my favs that I have done...
August 8, 2009 02:35 am
these are beautiful!!
August 7, 2009 08:10 pm
Nice subject Silhouettes.
I just love backlit scenes, often edgy captures!
Some examples of my own experience with taking silhouettes:
Darren, keep up the good work!
August 7, 2009 05:52 pm
Sharp intake of breath! Just had a shock when I saw the picture taken of the clock face in Paris with the two figures in front as I have the exact same image! At first I thought it was my photo, but then remembered mine only has one figure in it. I took it years ago with my 35mm SLR and I'm sure it was a total fluke - it remains one of my favourite images. Usually so self critical, I can't fault this one.
How cool! We were both inspired by the same thing!
These pictures are all amazing. Congratulations everyone!
August 7, 2009 02:48 pm
I don't think it's possible for me to take silhouettes... just not enough knowledge in photography... I see the actual sight but I can't capture it ... usually too dark... or something else..
August 7, 2009 09:03 am
August 7, 2009 02:44 am
Very impressed with the creativity of these contributions. The subject matter can become cliched, like anything else that's overdone. Living near the Pacific Coast has provided me ample opportunities to create silhouettes. I hope I've managed to escape that trap with my work. See these examples for yourself:
August 7, 2009 01:31 am
I've only manged to capture landscape silhouettes so far, usually early morning or round sunset
May 31, 2009 10:00 am
I clicked expecting another 5 pages of mediocre photographs, I leave very impressed.
April 26, 2009 07:31 pm
wow i really liked that snow skatting one. Really exiting
March 30, 2009 08:17 pm
Does any of these qualify to be a Silhouette?
March 29, 2009 02:49 am
I live in a beach city and sunset silhouettes are some of my most favorite photos. What started off as an accident turned into a classic shot!
March 28, 2009 11:43 am
I love the skiing one! All of them are really good though.
March 28, 2009 05:07 am
I love your news letter. I really like the way one cover page can take me into the equivilant of a college course by just cliking on a link. The clear depth of each process that you include from start to finish stirs my creative juces. I am a beginner and your knowledge is helping me to not only take better photos but to love doing it! Thanks, Jeanne Kamps
March 28, 2009 05:03 am
Beautiful pics. Each one is unique.
March 28, 2009 02:42 am
I love silhouette photos! The one with the bikers on the beach doesn't look quite real though. It looks like they were cut out and pasted on. When you zoom in, why does it look like the first biker has seams?
March 28, 2009 12:46 am
Great shots, everyone.
This is my favorite silhouette shot:
I snapped it while we were driving by this refinery on our way home from a shoot trip. I took it while hanging out my friend's car window while driving down the freeway.
March 27, 2009 11:28 pm
These are really beautiful and dramatic pictures. Can they be used in articles, on the web etc. or are they copyright?
March 27, 2009 08:30 pm
beautiful set of silhouettes Darren,
This is one of my favourite silhouette shots from my collection, taken dusing a sunset at a yacht marina in Malta.
March 27, 2009 02:20 pm
Stunning photos here!!! Thank Darren!
March 27, 2009 01:25 pm
These pics have some real soul. They beautifully
capture the mood of a moment .
March 27, 2009 12:33 pm
Wow, truly amazing dude, beautiful images. Well done!
March 27, 2009 10:13 am
THese are just lovely...some remind me of ancient Chines screens they are so epic and timeless. Just beautiful.
March 27, 2009 05:14 am
love these pictures! wish i was creative as this haha
March 27, 2009 12:40 am
The problem with silhouette photos is that they can become clichés very easily IMO. Here we can see some that definitely aren't :)
I like the photo with the owl, the cyclists, and the bridge+traffic light most.
March 27, 2009 12:36 am
Fantastic Photos. I like the photo of the boat by FreeWine. I took this a couple of weeks ago http://www.flickr.com/photos/clickandexpose/3340464178/in/set-72157614274715649/
You can even see the sailor pulling the ropes on the yaught.
March 26, 2009 11:45 pm
those are great
March 26, 2009 11:02 pm
Awesome pictures! I need to dust off my DSLR and start clicking again. Do you have any good resources for learning how to use a Nikon D40X?
March 26, 2009 10:42 pm
i too shot silhouette photos against the setting sun at the beach creating nice silhouette shots :)
here are a few of my favorites:
March 26, 2009 10:24 pm
I love silhouettes too. Here's one I took in Brooklyn on Brighton Beach. I blew it up to 20x30 and frame it - it's hanging in my dining room.
March 26, 2009 09:47 pm
I just realized how many of my Flickr photos are silhouettes. I therefore created that special set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/meckimac/sets/72157615926421776/
March 26, 2009 07:49 pm
I love silhouttes. Here is my favourite one:
March 26, 2009 07:06 pm
I love the shot of the guy in the kayak. It looks like he's paddling in liquid gold.
March 26, 2009 05:52 pm
March 26, 2009 04:44 pm
My fav is the man with the fishing net.
July 21, 2008 03:45 pm
Here is a blog post I did some time ago which may be of interest to your readers also on creating custom silhouettes.
and some of my silhouettes
July 21, 2008 01:56 am
Here's my favorite silhouette...
July 21, 2008 01:08 am
here are some of my attempts at silhouettes:
July 20, 2008 10:54 pm
Very great photos.
My favourite is the one with the bird,
then the dolphins and the running little boy.
Great photos. :-)
July 20, 2008 06:45 pm
I to, love the silhouettes,, one that I haven't even thought of trying. Thank you for showing and a must for me to try.
July 19, 2008 04:16 pm
Wow, all of them are stunning and so different and creative! But the first one is just amazing!
My attempt back when I shot in Aperture Priority mode:
I just used the exposure compensation set to -1.0 and it helped to get the effect.
July 19, 2008 10:35 am
I love silhouettes as well! These shots are really nice...makes me want to work harder to achieve more like them...with more contrast. (mine are not as rich looking):(
July 19, 2008 03:17 am
my attempt at a silhouette from an old dolphin photo that looked really bad in color! http://on.eti.me/3
July 19, 2008 02:08 am
Simply gorgeous. Thanks.
July 19, 2008 01:17 am
Beautiful work! I am inspired.
July 19, 2008 12:52 am
Spectacular shots!! I love the simplicity, yet complexity :) of silhouettes.
July 19, 2008 12:44 am
Wow, I really liked the clock one. I thought that was amazing
July 19, 2008 12:08 am
Very nice! Love the third one. Here is one of mine:
July 18, 2008 11:12 pm
July 18, 2008 08:08 pm
some great shots, nice post
here are mine,
July 18, 2008 05:47 pm
pictures tell thousand of stories.........
July 18, 2008 04:18 pm
Very nice shots - just beautiful. I love Silhouettes; there's a mystique quality about them. Thank you so much for sharing. -- Wendy J. Roan
July 18, 2008 03:17 pm
Thanks for this beautiful set .
This is my Silhouette Set in Flickr :
July 18, 2008 03:10 pm
Great Picture..Great effect. Thanks for your article.
July 18, 2008 09:18 am
Just stunning images and very inspiring. I've not yet tried my hand at this. Must do. Love the kayaker.
July 18, 2008 08:47 am
July 18, 2008 08:46 am
Leave All Behind :
Shadow n the Beach :
July 18, 2008 08:44 am
You can see mine too
I love this effect!
July 18, 2008 08:44 am
You can see mine too
I love this effect!
July 18, 2008 08:41 am
Mine too :)
July 18, 2008 08:05 am
Here is my attempt on silhouettes:
July 18, 2008 06:54 am
I really enjoy seeing these shots, very inspiring.
A beginner's try...
Taken in Antarctica.
July 18, 2008 05:22 am
Wow, those are amazing! I am partial to the boy running and the red toned fish net photos.......thanks for sharing.
July 18, 2008 05:18 am
I just did a post on this on my blog too. Mine was over a week ago and discussed how I achieved and edited my beach silhouettes. I really love some of these that are not even beaches - just every day scenes.
It has inspired me to try some away from the beach too.
Here is a link to my tutorial in case this can help anyone - especially on the editing side of it:
Part 1 (photographing): http://mcpactions.com/blog/2008/07/07/how-to-photograph-and-edit-silhouettes-part-1/
Part 2 (editing): http://mcpactions.com/blog/2008/07/09/how-to-photograph-and-edit-silhouettes-part-2/
July 18, 2008 04:40 am
I am, in fact, a silhouette fan. And for exactly the same reason you do. It's a photo that interact with the viewer. Really inspiring your post.
(first time I comment here, even reading the feed for so long!)
July 18, 2008 04:06 am
I really like the dolphin shot!
July 18, 2008 03:26 am
Boy do I love inspiring shots like these! I think the rest of my work day is going to pass very slowly now...
July 18, 2008 02:20 am
this was my first attempt at this type of shot. actually, it was accidental, but i love how it turned out:
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