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

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy

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Newbaro

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Vic Nicholas

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John Sloan

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Vilhjálmur Ingi Vilhjálmsson

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Nuuttipukki

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teddymb

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Thomas Mues

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Bill Hinton

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TJ Scott

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Valerie (pearceval)

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Gazza or Garry

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Darvin Atkeson

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F. A. Ecker

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William Hundley

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madolina

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Kap’n’Kaos (Mike)

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Jason Swain

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

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Paul Bredow

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

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

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David Herreman
“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 Díaz

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Leley Noronha

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Fred Eerdekens

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Katarina Stefanovic

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Kevin McNeal

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Josh Exell

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ms4jah

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Michael McAreavy

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

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duesentrieb

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ViaMoi

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Ciscophotography

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Sarah France

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Gloredel
Create use of shadows to create some abstract tears.

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Joshua Liberman

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  1. 1

    have a nice spring everyone. inspiring photos.

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    Inspiring. Amazingly creative use of shadow and light.

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

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    Nice :)

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Beautiful pictures!
    I’m really impressed.

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    Wow, Cool Cool Post and Awesome Photography !

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    Something wrong with boy’s hand at the shadow xD
    Although, very good showcase.

    Короче, ахуенно.

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    wow, what a great assortment. That water tower with the trees is really slick.

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    Wow-Great pictures-beautiful!!! I love the shadows!!

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    joyoge designers' bookmark

    March 2, 2009 5:31 am

    very nice examples of shadow photography, thanks for share..

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    As with all photography topics. Many of the submitted images aren’t photographs. I.e. it is not captured moment in time. With or without editing.
    There is no original negative, slide or digital raw image.
    Many are dreamt up scenes based on one or more stock images (and I doubt if these were shot by the poster) with heavy editing, sharpening, color boosting etcetc.
    On future photography topics a check for originals should be applied. These originals should then be posted along with the published image. Otherwise don’t call it photography.

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    Excellent, it’s may be my inspiration. Thanks!

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    Some beautiful images, shadows bring life to any image and can create great atmosphere. I would say shadow is important for everything from photography to illustration and even web design.

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    Nice pictures. :)

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    Another cool post,the tree and fog one is my favorite….a feeling of being lost in
    childhood memories.

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    @Anjte… By the above comments, I think it’s a pretty safe bet you are a photographer. As a graphic designer myself, don’t you find it a bit fickle to say these images aren’t photographs. I mean an image is an image, plain and simple. And, I find it hard to believe that the large majority of even full-time, traditional photographers are not using Photoshop these days. Hell if you’re not, you’re wasting time. IMO, I don’t want to see the negative, raw image, or shots that haven’t been brought into their full potential. I think the digital work on several of these is what made them memorable, or worthy of posting. Take them for what they are, good inspiration, and if you think you can duplicate the effectiveness with “captured moments in time,” then please by all means do so, and submit them to SM.

    I think everyone is getting a little tired of photographers being so defensive on here. We live in a digital age, and you either embrace it, or get run over by it.

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