Showcase Of Beautiful Shadow Photography

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By Daved Brosche and Smashing Editorial Team

Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. While strong use of shadows in color photographs tends to be mostly used in silhouettes, it can also appear in a variety of other forms in color photos as well. In my opinion though, shadows are most powerful when used in black and white photographs.

Below we present a showcase of truly outstanding photos that make strong use of shadows in a variety of ways. All images are linked to the sources where they were found. Please feel free to explore further works of photographers showcased in this post.

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45 Beautiful Examples Of Shadow Photography

Ricky Montalbano6
Just a neat, artistic picture of a skateboarder and his shadow.

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deadstar8

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy10

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Newbaro12

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Vic Nicholas14

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John Sloan16

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Vilhjálmur Ingi Vilhjálmsson18

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Nuuttipukki20

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teddymb22

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Thomas Mues24

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Bill Hinton26

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TJ Scott28

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Valerie (pearceval)30

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Gazza or Garry32

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Darvin Atkeson34

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F. A. Ecker36

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William Hundley38

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madolina40

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Kap’n’Kaos (Mike)42

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Jason Swain44

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Lara Fairie46
A stunning silhouette of a beautiful young lady. The light and shadows here create and excellent beauty shot.

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Paul Bredow48

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Rosie Hardy50
A very creative use of shadows to help portray a powerful feeling and emotion in this picture.

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Massi Miliano52
A combination of deep shadows, dark colors, creativity, and perfect time make for a very interesting and surreal photo.

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David Herreman54
“View from the top of ‘Levant Terril’ at Mons in Belgium. A ‘terril’ is a hill made from mining waste. There are still a lot of them in the old mining regions like Mons, now being appreciated as green areas. I’ve used a ND1000 filter in order to have an ‘evening effect’ even if the sun was high in the sky. This is NOT a tone-mapped HDR but a digital blending of 3 exposures. The main exposure was of 30 sec.”

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Alonso Díaz56

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Leley Noronha60

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Fred Eerdekens62

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Katarina Stefanovic66

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Kevin McNeal68

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Josh Exell70

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ms4jah72

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Michael McAreavy74

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Watari Goro76
Original picture – no Photoshop or image manipulation is used.

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duesentrieb78

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ViaMoi80

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Ciscophotography82

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Sarah France84

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Gloredel86
Create use of shadows to create some abstract tears.

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Last Click

Joshua Liberman88

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/18/the-beauty-of-urban-decay/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/30/50-beautiful-examples-of-reflections-photography/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/09/60-beautiful-examples-of-night-photography-2/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/16/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift-photography/
  6. 6 http://flickr.com/photos/rickymontalbano/3108143427/
  7. 7 http://flickr.com/photos/rickymontalbano/3108143427/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/deadstar/3224346499/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/deadstar/3224346499/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/369678729/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/369678729/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/newbaro/2723885789/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/newbaro/2723885789/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/11646219@N03/2571729334/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/11646219@N03/2571729334/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnsloan/2132894930/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnsloan/2132894930/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/villiv/2097903748/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/villiv/2097903748/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/12208732@N00/369231654/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/12208732@N00/369231654/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/teddymb/8106725/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/teddymb/8106725/
  24. 24 http://flickr.com/photos/garibaldi/530661201/
  25. 25 http://flickr.com/photos/garibaldi/530661201/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bilbert/3175807036/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bilbert/3175807036/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tj_scott/2298732929/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tj_scott/2298732929/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/valanne/187549367/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/valanne/187549367/
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/garry61/3149912081/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/garry61/3149912081/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/liquidmoonlightcom/2858892596/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/liquidmoonlightcom/2858892596/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/glockenblume/405014914/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/glockenblume/405014914/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/williamhundley/214212879/in/set-72157594235409275/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/williamhundley/214212879/in/set-72157594235409275/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/madolina/2209307174/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/madolina/2209307174/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kap_n_kaos/2584784737/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kap_n_kaos/2584784737/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/s0ulsurfing/2330908946/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/s0ulsurfing/2330908946/
  46. 46 http://larafairie.deviantart.com/art/Beth-Silhouette-49886711
  47. 47 http://larafairie.deviantart.com/art/Beth-Silhouette-49886711
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pbredow/3212437148/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pbredow/3212437148/
  50. 50 http://flickr.com/photos/rosie_hardy/2942438120/
  51. 51 http://flickr.com/photos/rosie_hardy/2942438120/
  52. 52 http://flickr.com/photos/massimiliano_peana/370370413/
  53. 53 http://flickr.com/photos/massimiliano_peana/370370413/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hdr400d/1560338610/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hdr400d/1560338610/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigsleep/2670607562/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigsleep/2670607562/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigsleep/285530693/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigsleep/350074989/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/leley1/2049180872/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/leley1/2049180872/
  62. 62 http://www.fredeerdekens.be
  63. 63 http://2photo.ru/2009/02/27/prosto_neverojatnye_veshhi_tvorit_fred_eerdekens_s_obektami_svetom_i_tenju.html
  64. 64 http://2photo.ru/2009/02/27/prosto_neverojatnye_veshhi_tvorit_fred_eerdekens_s_obektami_svetom_i_tenju.html
  65. 65 http://2photo.ru/2009/02/27/prosto_neverojatnye_veshhi_tvorit_fred_eerdekens_s_obektami_svetom_i_tenju.html
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jup3nep/3199706204/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jup3nep/3199706204/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmcneal/3116271736/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmcneal/3116271736/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/josh_exell/2293989731/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/josh_exell/2293989731/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotair2112/137331615/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotair2112/137331615/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightchaser/322845787/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightchaser/322845787/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/inazuman/51011457/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/photos/inazuman/51011457/
  78. 78 http://flickr.com/photos/duesentrieb/120879600/
  79. 79 http://flickr.com/photos/duesentrieb/120879600/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/viamoi/3219633544/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/viamoi/3219633544/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/30457633@N03/3108400666/
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/photos/30457633@N03/3108400666/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahfrance/2754212174/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahfrance/2754212174/
  86. 86 http://gloredel.deviantart.com/art/Shadow-tears-Before-101292015
  87. 87 http://gloredel.deviantart.com/art/Shadow-tears-Before-101292015
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerikojosh/234415273/
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerikojosh/234415273/
  90. 90 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/18/the-beauty-of-urban-decay/
  91. 91 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  92. 92 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/30/50-beautiful-examples-of-reflections-photography/
  93. 93 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/09/60-beautiful-examples-of-night-photography-2/
  94. 94 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/16/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift-photography/

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  1. 1

    Great pictures! tks for sharing

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  2. 52

    amazing pix!

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    Ignatz Horowitz

    March 3, 2009 7:16 am

    Mediocre at best, but certainly (kinda) better than the “fantastic” HDR crap that’s on this site.

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  4. 154

    great photos!..

    found more shadow photography here Link [AYOFOTO! Photo Challenge – Shadow]..

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  5. 205

    I love SM, but am seriously turned off by the photogs who frequently comment without considering context. The perspective from which these articles are presented aims to inspire the use of smashing images in web design and development, not to uphold the puritan values of traditional photography. Your comments that consider this perspective are welcome and useful, any others are not.

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  6. 256

    Who are you to say what is and isn’t welcome Tp? Whether you are right or not, your points are cheapened by appointing yourself the welcome police.

    If you don’t like the comments but love the articles, then read the articles.

    I read stupid crap like I can has cheezeburger, but there is no way in hell I’d read the drivel that people post in the comments.

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  7. 307

    Hi,
    I am a designer, very useful to me.
    Very nice examples of shadow photography. thanks

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    Hm,

    @ Nice collection! The camels (2005) are missing:
    Link [www.snopes.com]
    ->
    Strange how these shadows are so sharp over the full length of 5-6 meters. And then photographed from such a distance. Normally poles of 5-10 cm have hardly a core shadow left when projected by the sun and at these distance.

    Considering the general discussion:
    Remarkable how people want to enhance their creations by mirroring it to film/cinema or photography. And expect the appreciation which normally comes to these.

    For example: untrue images are a problem when travelling. From a magazine or guide you build expectations and when you get to a loactions it proves all a bit less. Skies aren’t as colored and space is far less. The reserve hasn’t as many animals, herds are smaller. This has always been problem with guides . Wide-angles are of all-time but now the simplest of publication like on website are completely untrustworthy.

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    Remarkable how some expect this to be their right when creating publications. But the law and common acceptable beheaviour will in the end envelope the web too. It may take few court cases or refunded travellers.

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    Amazing pictures!

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  10. 460

    the one from nuuttipukki is ace

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  11. 511

    I wonder if the photograph by Katarina Stefanovic is not a montage. The mountains are lit from the left and the moon is lit from the right ;)) Not that it really mattered artistically but worth noting all the same.

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  12. 562

    Impossible moon positions and sizes are classic montage errors. Happened in the old times too. I.e. on film and in the darkroom

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  13. 613

    i really like this post.

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  14. 664

    Nice one!
    Even though the plane isn’t (wasn’t) a shadow but a temporary mural painting in Berlin.

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  15. 715

    awesome post…my favs are deadstar, Sarah France and Gloredel.

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    As one of the featured photographers, I’d just like to say thanks for dropping by my flickr account and dipping your toes in my stream, it is very much appreciated

    @ingatz – you had many images posted on here or else where ?

    ohh yes and its so trendy to HDR bash …….

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  17. 817

    wonderful creations of photography,very realistic.

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  18. 868

    even im a beginner in the world of photography,i appreciate all the pictures.

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  19. 919

    wow….thats all I have to say!
    these are absolutely stunning

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    Wow. I’m looking for a model artist for my NCEA level 3 photography board and these are just amazing, absolutely brilliant I must say. But they do look so well times and placed with the lighting so good and the colouring amazing they seem some what too edited. But great skills never the less. I will be using this artist for sure.

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    these are superb. thanks for sharing. I’ve got a good one on my flickr photostream. Hate link dropping but I thought it’d be relevent. Delete if you want SM http://bit.ly/14mumU

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    I’m curious as to whether you got the permission from any of these photographers to use their photos? I know some of them and it’s seeming that you have not when the photos are clearly marked all rights reserved.

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  23. 1123

    Those picture Are very beautiful and amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    D'vorah Berkowitz

    January 29, 2012 10:10 am

    The little girl with the balloon. we are looking for shadow photography to use in creating a learning environment at school. Is this photo copyrighted and if yes can we use it giving credit?

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    Wow. These are awesome. My favorites are Thomas Mues,Gazza or Garry,Jason Swain and David Herreman

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