47 Stunning and Creative Examples of Silhouette Photography

47 Stunning and Creative Examples of Silhouette Photography

In photography, a silhouette is defined as an outline that appears dark against a light background. More specifically, it is where the subject is seen as a black shape without detail against a brighter background.

A silhouette is achieved by photographing into the light – preferably with the subject directly in front of the light. Some of the best silhouette photographs are taken at sunrise or sunset, when the sun is just on the horizon – that is the moment when the sun causes the sky to be at its brightest, giving a greater contrast between the sky and the subject of the photograph.

47 Stunning and Creative Examples of Silhouette Photography

47 Silhouette Photography

The technique is not easy, and there is a lot more involved than in my short explanation here. There is a selection of resources about taking silhouette photography included after the showcase.

So here is a selection of stunning silhouette photographs where the creative photographers got it absolutely right!

Andando
Andando

Just Waiting
Just Waiting

Perspective
Perspective

Method Silhouette
Method Silhouette

I said to the man…
I Said to The Man

When All Limits Are Crossed
When All Limits Are Crossed

Gabbiani al tramonto
Gabbiani al tramonto

Reflection Kiss
Reflection Kiss

Winding up
Winding Up

Landscape
Landscape

Russia
Russia

Silhouette-1
Silhouette 1

Green Shadows
Green Shadows

Art Studio
Art Studio

Silhouette-2

Li River Sunrise
Li River Sunrise

Cowgirl
Cowgirl

My heart will go on
My Heart Will Go On

Power
Power

Silhouette at Sunset
Silhouette At Sunset

Cowbow and his Mount at Sunset
Cowboy and His Mount at Sunset

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Reflections
Reflections

Camel Silhouette
Camel Silhouette

Strangers in the Night
Strangers in the Night

Sunday Sunset on Rabat Beach
Sunday Sunset on Rabat Beach

Sunrise Paddling on the North Canadian River
Sunrise Paddling on The North Canadian River

Santos – Brazil
Santos Brazil

Sunset in Lisbon
Sunset in Lisbon

Untitled
Untitled

Munich in Silhouette
Munich in Silhouette

Tabled Silhouette
Tabled Silhouette

Miss Silhouette
Miss Silhouette

Great Blue Heron Silhouette
Great Blue Heron Silhouette

Knotts Windmill Silhouette
Knotts Windmill Silhouette

Columbian Black Spider Monkey Silhouette
Columbian Black Spider Monkey Silhouette

Sunset Silhouette
Sunset Silhouette

Silhouettes
Silhouettes

Nature FM
Nature FM

Silhouette-3
Silhouette 3

Water
Water

Silhouette-4
Silhouette 4

Birds Silhouette Flight
Birds Silhouette Flight

Silhouette-5
Silhouette 5

Silhouette in Orange
Silhouette in Orange

Silhouette-6
Silhouette 6

Fountain Silhouette
Fountain Silhouette

Silhouette Photography – Tips and Tricks

Conclusion

There is more involved in silhouette photography than may at first meet the eye, therefore, great shots of silhouettes are quite an achievement, requiring a creative eye, possibly a very early morning start and a lot of patience.

Have you taken a great silhouette photograph, or have you come across any that we have missed here? Please share your thoughts and links with us in the comments below.

Carol is a blogger and Photoshop enthusiast. She enjoys surfing the net in search of outstanding art, design and photography, and enjoys nothing better than sharing her discoveries through article writing.

Comments

  1. / Reply

    Nice Photos! I like the sunlight in “I said to the man…”.

    • Dena,
    • June 23, 2011
    / Reply

    “Strangers In The Night” has the most amazing lighting! Fabulous!

    Here’s a link to a couple of silhouette images I captured…
    http://anysandybeach.smugmug.com/Other/Mobile-Uploads/16470091_zPPqU

    http://anysandybeach.smugmug.com/Sports/Surfin-USA/i-LxcXfQP/2/M/04171101-M.jpg

    1. / Reply

      Thanks for the links, lovely shots

  2. / Reply

    great examples, some of them are so romantic!

  3. / Reply

    So many of those are wonderful and inspiring.

    That kind of photography is so much fun, but so difficult because we only have a few minutes when the light is “just right” to play…I wish sunsets and sunrises would last a few hours!

    If you’re interested here’s a photo I took of my wife when we were doing a maternity session on an ocean-front beach when she was pregnant with our first son. The colors are more subtle than the stunning examples here, but the subject is beautiful in her own right (maybe I’m a little biased)

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150227152264379&set=a.10150227137564379.338560.13205139378&type=1&theater

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. / Reply

      Very nice shots – thanks for your comment and the links

    1. / Reply

      Thats a lovely photo – thanks for sharing

  4. / Reply

    Nice examples of silhouette photography.

    • Rana mukherjee,
    • June 27, 2011
    / Reply

    Favolus

    • Jim Brusciano,
    • June 27, 2011
    / Reply

    Beautiful!
    I like this:
    http://www.fotomaniac.it/tramonti.asp?Categoria=Tramonti&Galleria=8
    What do you think?

    1. / Reply

      That is a beautiful example of silhouette photography – there are some more very good examples in that gallery also – thanks for sharing.

    1. / Reply

      The sunlight on that shot is beautiful – a great silhouette – thanks for sharing

    • Alan,
    • June 28, 2011
    / Reply

    Thanks for including my photograph of the silhouetted windmill at Knott’s Berry Farm. Nicely done article and the other images are inspiring.

  5. / Reply

    Nice collection! Thank you!

  6. / Reply

    just wow…. the pics are so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing such cool and inspiring stuff

  7. / Reply

    Beautiful photographs! I find the ones with the warm sunsets especially striking, but the shot with the figure walking towards the camera on an old western-like city street was very compelling. Was that strobe in the back right lighting the scene, or was that a street light?

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  8. / Reply

    These are all wonderful. I had to scroll up and down a few times to pick my favorite photograph. It was a close call, but I like the color palette of Gabbiani al tramonto http://www.flickr.com/photos/ziopaperino/1334557355/ Thanks for the share.

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