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Showcase Of Beautiful Shadow Photography

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 Link

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 Exell

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ms4jah70

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Michael McAreavy72

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Watari Goro74
Original picture – no Photoshop or image manipulation is used.

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duesentrieb76

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ViaMoi78

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Ciscophotography80

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Sarah France

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Gloredel82
Create use of shadows to create some abstract tears.

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Joshua Liberman84

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/the-beauty-of-street-photography/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/25-beautiful-macro-photography-shots-photos/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift-photography/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/celebration-of-smoke-photography-and-smoke-art/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/10-easy-steps-to-advanced-photography-skills/
  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/hotair2112/137331615/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotair2112/137331615/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightchaser/322845787/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightchaser/322845787/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/inazuman/51011457/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/inazuman/51011457/
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/photos/duesentrieb/120879600/
  77. 77 http://flickr.com/photos/duesentrieb/120879600/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/viamoi/3219633544/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/viamoi/3219633544/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/30457633@N03/3108400666/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/30457633@N03/3108400666/
  82. 82 http://gloredel.deviantart.com/art/Shadow-tears-Before-101292015
  83. 83 http://gloredel.deviantart.com/art/Shadow-tears-Before-101292015
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerikojosh/234415273/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerikojosh/234415273/

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  1. 1

    have a nice spring everyone. inspiring photos.

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    these are real amazing & inspirational !

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    Shadows are like negative space. Reminds me the Dali Atomicus photo. Great post!

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    Inspiring. Amazingly creative use of shadow and light.

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    Brian Gottier

    March 1, 2009 4:43 pm

    Very Cool! Michael McAreavy’s picture of the trees is my favorite.

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    Nice :)

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    ChiefWakambi

    March 1, 2009 5:05 pm

    Damn beautiful. I like the shadow within the trees.

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    I do dislike when obvious fakes are used in examples of great work. There are at least 3 up there that are physicly impossible to have actally happened. Not that i dont give credit for good photoshop work, or the relevance of useful photoshopping in fake shadows to enhance an image.

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    amazing !

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    Not all of them are higher quality.
    A lot is known ‘middle of the road’.

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  11. 11

    Wow! Love the skaterpic and the one from teddymb.

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    Great photos!

    This photo by Erik Hedman is also very nice!
    http://www.skellskate.com/media/bilder/g1/images/erik_sjolund-nollie_heelflip.jpg

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    Nice photos, but I’m quite sure the airplane was painted on that wall ;)

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    once again a very nice collection.
    thank you

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    Dallas Web Design

    March 1, 2009 3:55 pm

    Those photos are amazing!

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    Ken the tech

    March 1, 2009 3:56 pm

    Indeed the shadows give to the pictures some kind of mystery or even a surreal air :)
    Nice pictures!

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    A.B.C. Photography

    March 2, 2009 1:14 am

    I would reduce that to 25 maximum.

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    ultimate collection!

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    OverZero.it

    March 2, 2009 3:07 am

    Beautiful pictures!
    I’m really impressed.

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    Wow, Cool Cool Post and Awesome Photography !

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