I hadn't thought of it that way. You could also say that a photograph of a silhouette is a photograph of the object itself (although with all the detail lost), while a photograph of a shadow is a photograph of a projection of the object.The difference between the top and bottom pic is that the top is looking at the shadow from within it and the bottom looking at the shadow from outside.
I hadnt visualised it like that. My thinking that you see the shadow from inside is faulty. At best you see only the part of the shadow that falls on you, so it's not just a different pic, you see something fundamentally different from the shadow it self..... a projection of the object.
You have a point, it's maybe a poor example of silhouette but I think the form is there... black/dark foreground objects againt a bright background.Great picture but I don’t really see the silhouette.. the people are in colour. Or maybe there is something I am missing
A very nice example. I don’t think it is necessary for a silhouette to have a light (or close to white) background, just lighter than the silhouetted subject.Since this thread started I've had a niggling problem I couldn't put my finger on but have put words to it today. What's the difference between a shadow and a silhouette?
My problem is that a shadow is where light is blocked from falling on a surface. Where as a silhouette is caused by viewing something that blocks light and so appears dark against a light background. But the difference there is just one of viewpoint.
This pic illustrates what I mean.
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The difference between the top and bottom pic is that the top is looking at the shadow from within it and the bottom looking at the shadow from outside.
So I looked it up and a silhouette literally started out as a black shape on a light background, nothing to do with light sources and shadows, the term has just come along as it's been used in different art forms.
They are named after Ettienne Silhouette.
Anyway. It then occurred to me that I could try and photograph the silhouette and the shadow of the silhouetted object in one pic.
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