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“It is the Late city that first defies the land, contradicts Nature in the lines of its silhouette, denies all Nature. It wants to be something different from and higher than Nature.” Oswald Spengler

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Sade and band to the rescue…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Folded outdoor table umbrellas at a Hudson River restaurant at sunset.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… The spooky trees come alive at dusk…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Met Museum visitors to the “Ugly Chic 1” section of the Schiaparelli-Prada exhibit.

When I read this week’s Photo Challenge assignment, I was surprised. Silhouette? Silhouette? Who intentionally shoots silhouettes?  I love the word and the way it rolls off the tongue when you say it; quite romantic, sexy, even lyrical … but the beautiful shots I see in ads for exotic vacations can be elusive unless the light behind the object has the same quality and creates that effect… So I muttered, as I went about my day.  Pausing from that rant, I went looking anyway and found some silhouette shots to share with you… 😆 What do you think?

“The dark-veiled silhouette that solitary form patrolling without visible strain or vainglory a demented dreamland of fearful potential.” Kathryn Hulme

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Another Hudson River shot…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Lamp post and rooftop in site…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… A noble Cathedral in the mix…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… At a Lego Store display in Manhattan.

The beauty of these photo challenges, at least for novice/amateur photogs like me, is that they force us to consider other perspectives in photography; to view the world through another lens, and to push/stretch our focus a bit more. But what do I know? Acting like a boorish amateur won’t get the work done, would it? So I humbly present a few shots from my photo folders above and below… If you’re a novice like me, don’t worry, you might surprise yourself and find some lovely silhouette shots you took in your photofile. It’s been a hectic week but, as always, I’ll stop by later to enjoy your contributions and cheer you on.  Hope you’ll do same for me. TY! More below. 😉

“Vehement silhouettes of Manhattan – that vertical city with unimaginable diamonds.” Le Corbusier

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Bird’s nest tucked between tree branches…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… A Collage of Wikipedia Silhouette shots.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… A countryside scene… hearth and home.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… More going on at that Hudson River restaurant.

In addition to the photos I added here from my collection, I found some excellent examples from Wikipedia, and decided to create a collage of the type of silhouette shots I’d love to add to my portfolio in the future.  Thank you for stopping by. What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on Silhouette to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 Have a spectacular weekend!

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs… I’m halfway there. Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I will list some when Zemanta offers them up! I added a few from WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – Silhouette – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette. SILHOUETTE. The proper definition of a silhouette is “the outline of a body viewed as circumscribing a mass.” In photography, often we achieve that effect by putting light behind the object whose silhouette we want to capture, effectively darkening out the features of the subject instead of highlighting them. My silhouette of the Colosseum in Italy I think still shows off the ancient landmark while bringing other details into focus. Share a picture of a Silhouette with everyone!

Positive Motivation Tip: Follow the light and let it reveal its secrets in Silhouette and otherwise. Keep an open mind. 😎

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection. Collage via Wikipedia: Imagine, Church, Microwave, Tiler, Independence,  Skydiving, Hands, Sunset hopping,

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

120 Comments leave one →
  1. 20/10/2012 5:59 am

    Wow! Excellent selection. I appreciate the pingback, thanks so much.

    • 23/10/2012 2:04 am

      TY for stopping in Nuvofelt! It was a challenge but I love the final outcome. 🙂

  2. 20/10/2012 6:02 am

    Excellent photos and just loved the collage. Great.

    • 23/10/2012 2:05 am

      TY! The collage is my dream silhouette selection if I ever get the chance, 😉

  3. 20/10/2012 6:05 am

    Love your many selections. I especially love the collage. Thanks for the pingback.


    • 23/10/2012 2:06 am

      TY too and I wish I could claim the shots as mine… they are gorgeous but not from me. 😉

  4. 20/10/2012 6:06 am

    The Lego store silhouette is my fave! I love the contrast between the dark and ultra-bright!!!

    • 23/10/2012 2:37 am

      It was a lovely surprise for me and I like it too. 😉

  5. 20/10/2012 6:10 am

    Gorgeous photos! Thanks for the ping back!

  6. 20/10/2012 6:16 am

    Sorry I was too late to see this.. WOW .. Wonderful silhouettes may I say…!!! .. Thanks for the pinging

    • 23/10/2012 2:38 am

      You are not late Mariane. TY for checking in to see my silhouettes. 😉

  7. 20/10/2012 6:35 am

    Great interpretation! My favourite pic has to be the hudson river with the sun blasting through!

    • 23/10/2012 2:39 am

      I quite like that shot too… TY! I was down there with a few other people taking photos and enjoying the beauty of the river… 😉

  8. 20/10/2012 6:41 am

    Beautiful silhouettes it’s always nice to be stretched seeing in new ways. Navar is a huge fan of silhouettes. If it wasn’t for Navar I probably wouldn’t be very aware of them, but becuase his eyes are often drawn to them so are mine. :+) Fun project.

    • 23/10/2012 2:41 am

      TY and yes, we are stretched to do different things in the photo challenge, and I’m grateful for it even when I kvetch. 🙂

  9. 20/10/2012 6:49 am

    Nice job. I think you got the idea. 🙂 I like your Wiki collage as well.

    If you find time, why don’t you pop over and check out my bit in this week’s photo challenge: Eclipse of the Moon (Silhouette)

    Thanks. Have a great day and weekend.

    • 23/10/2012 2:42 am

      TY Cris and yes, I’ll stop by soon to see your contribution. Glad to see you here! 🙂

  10. 20/10/2012 6:55 am

    This post brought happy memories. My mother used to collect the antique silohuettes when she was alive. My siblings and I have bits and pieces of her collection now.

    • 23/10/2012 2:44 am

      Hi Freedom! TY! I remember those decorative ones too… Glad you and you siblings kept and shared them… TY for sharing your heartwarming memory. 😉

  11. 20/10/2012 7:15 am

    Excellent gallery of silhouettes!

  12. 20/10/2012 7:34 am

    Great collection! Love the Church steeple silhouette. 🙂

  13. 20/10/2012 8:03 am

    It’s so interesting that highlighting the silhouettes makes me reconsider some of my “oops” photos that I normally think don’t look good. Put in a photo collage they’re compelling! I love the one of the Hudson River at sunrise,too. I can imagine you were a little thrown off by the original challenge, but it seems to me you’ve done an excellent job!
    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. Debra

    • 23/10/2012 2:47 am

      Thanks Debra! I was a bit thrown off, but once I got over it, I went looking and found stuff… I’ve never thought to capture silhouettes and will now. 😉

  14. 20/10/2012 8:28 am

    I’d say you aced this project Elizabeth. I love a great silhouette shot and you clearly had more than you realized. Well Done!

    • 23/10/2012 3:00 am

      I sure did Barb and what a lovely surprise it was… I love them too. TY! 😉

  15. 20/10/2012 8:56 am

    You are always an inspiration to me – thanks!

  16. 20/10/2012 9:22 am

    Eliz, I’d never know you were a novice photographer–you took amazing shots! 🙂

    • 23/10/2012 3:06 am

      Oh TY Tracy! I am a novice photog. I’m learning and growing every day though. 🙂

  17. 20/10/2012 9:52 am

    Lovely photos! Thank you for the Pingback!

  18. 20/10/2012 10:01 am

    that first shot is AWESOME!!!

    • 23/10/2012 3:07 am

      Cool. I’m glad you approve… I love that one too. 😉

  19. 20/10/2012 10:47 am

    fabulous choices! I LOVE the skydiving one! great entry!

    • 23/10/2012 3:08 am

      TY! The Wiki collage photos are brilliant… and I aim to get better ones like them in the future. 🙂

  20. 20/10/2012 11:18 am

    Wonderful collection of photos that show Silhouette! You never cease to amaze me with your photography 😛

    • 23/10/2012 3:10 am

      TY Dana and same here to you too! I keep my camera close and take lots of pictures… I’m enjoying the process. 😉

  21. lolakojane permalink
    20/10/2012 11:44 am

    Great collection…you are right about not intentionally capturing a silhouette Elizabeth, and yes I think most of us have these photos. 🙂

    • 23/10/2012 3:11 am

      Yes I believe so, as so many more people joined in the fun this week. TY! 😉

  22. 20/10/2012 1:48 pm

    Love the photo of Sade and her band (actually, I love all of them). I think silhouettes are such an expressive mode in color photography.

    • 23/10/2012 4:08 am

      They are quite expressive … I agree and we don’t’ often think of capturing them. TY! 😉

  23. 20/10/2012 1:50 pm

    I also like your collection of photos.

    • 23/10/2012 4:19 am

      TY dearrosie! I will be by to see yours soon. 😉

  24. 20/10/2012 2:33 pm

    Great photos Eliz, I think silhouette photos are very atmospheric. I love your collage especially.

    • 23/10/2012 6:18 am

      Ty dear one… I do love how they look when the back light is warm and colorful… 🙂

  25. 20/10/2012 3:16 pm

    Great collection of shots – and you’re right – silhouette is a nice word to pronounce!

    • 23/10/2012 6:19 am

      It sur is a lovely,even sexy word… TY for your feedback. 😉

  26. 20/10/2012 4:56 pm

    Great collection with some many to love 🙂 Thanks so much for the pingback 🙂
    I too have been finding the time to visit blogs and see what others are doing. Work soaks up my days and creeps into my weekends. Slow internet connection doesn’t help either. I wish I had more timet o explore and adventure out. Thanks so much for giving me a reason to come and check you out. I enjoyed the visit.

    • 23/10/2012 6:20 am

      I hear you and I do have the same issues you raise… It makes it harder to get far with followups but we persevere. TY for checking in. 🙂

      • 23/10/2012 3:45 pm

        Yes haven’t been checking in and I miss it, so soon I hope I will have time to see what others are up to. 🙂

  27. 20/10/2012 7:47 pm

    I love the pic of Sade and her band – her beautiful profile is so distinctive

  28. 20/10/2012 8:42 pm

    This is such a creative and fun response to the challenge — the quotes add a great element to the post. ~ Kat

  29. 20/10/2012 8:44 pm

    Sade and her band…to the noble cathedral silhouette followed by flowing almost lyrical words…your interpretation kept me spellbound from beginning to the end. thank you–*pingback* included in the mix– 🙂

    • 23/10/2012 6:22 am

      TY Sunshine…. Glad you like it and will be by soon. 😉

  30. 21/10/2012 1:06 am

    Love silhouette photos! They were once the rage for home decor. Beautiful. I tagged you in some fun but you don’t have to join in if you don’t want to, it’s all good no matter what. Details are here if you get time and want to

    • 23/10/2012 6:23 am

      TY Aurora and I appreciate the feedback. Will check out the tag and see what it entails. 😉

  31. 21/10/2012 7:36 am

    I suppose I knew that Lego stores existed, but until today had never given much thought as to how desperate I am to live in one.

    • 23/10/2012 6:24 am

      Oh you are funny. The one in the picture is in Rockefeller Center on the Saks side. TY! 😉

  32. 21/10/2012 8:46 am

    I like the thirst one. Sade does great music.

  33. 21/10/2012 12:24 pm

    wonderful shots.
    silhouettes sure is a word that sounds of romance … no wonder it is associated with mills and boon novels 🙂

    • 23/10/2012 6:25 am

      OMG! You read those too? I remember reading Mills&Boon years ago as a pre-teen. I had to hide in my room to read them; cheesy, over the top romances and all. 😆

  34. 21/10/2012 1:34 pm

    What a beautiful selection of silhouette photos, Elizabeth.The collage is wonderful. You’re so right, it is a lovely word. 🙂

    • 23/10/2012 6:26 am

      TY Adin, it is quote lovely… TY or stopping by. Hope you are enjoying your visit in the UK. 🙂

  35. 21/10/2012 2:29 pm

    Wow, these are fabulous, all of them!

    • 23/10/2012 6:27 am

      TY for your comment…. I appreciate it and will stop by soon. 😉

  36. 21/10/2012 8:14 pm

    A beautiful visual narrative of silhouettes – Thank you 🙂

    • 23/10/2012 6:27 am

      TY Allyson! I had fun with it after all… 🙂

  37. 22/10/2012 6:34 pm

    Lego store always a fun place to be. Love the many beautiful versions of the silhouettes. Equally beautiful are the words the inspires me. Thanks.

    • 23/10/2012 6:28 am

      TY IT! The Lego store was colorful and fun. I’d love to go back sometime. 😉

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  39. 23/10/2012 11:11 am

    i really love that first image…it has a real wow factor

    • 23/10/2012 12:52 pm

      TY Jo! I really loved that shot but had forgotten all about it until the challenge. Thanks again and will stop by. 😉

  40. 23/10/2012 2:02 pm

    Well, i think Iliked this at least twice…Such wonderful diversity and joy

  41. 23/10/2012 3:28 pm

    Quite a selection, Elizabeth – nicely done!

    • 23/10/2012 6:35 pm

      TY again… I appreciate the visit and thanks for the Circle too. 😉

  42. BohemianMamma permalink
    25/10/2012 2:28 am

    Who intentionally shoots silhouettes? That made me laugh because I had the same reflex at first. It wasn’t until this challenge that I realized that I love them. Lovely set of photos!

    • 25/10/2012 2:36 am

      TY and I’m glad you picked up on the humor… I enjoyed yours too… Glad to connect. 🙂

  43. 25/10/2012 3:06 am

    These are fantastic photos!

    • 16/11/2012 9:13 pm

      TY! I didn’t know I still had some to respond to. 😉

  44. 25/10/2012 5:58 am

    great photos you have…
    I love the bird nest photo..

  45. 25/10/2012 9:23 am

    Cool collection of photos for the challenge. Love Sade.

  46. 25/10/2012 12:54 pm

    Stunning silhouettes Eliz!

    • 25/10/2012 1:29 pm

      TY Madhu! Glad to see you here after so long.:-)

  47. 25/10/2012 5:18 pm thanks for coming to my blog. It’s such a nice day to see your photo’s for this weeks challenge. Love ♥

    • 12/11/2012 3:11 pm

      TY for checking in Jackie! I appreciate the support as i catch up again. 😉

  48. 25/10/2012 5:21 pm

    Extremely enjoyable post! Hello BTW !

    • 12/11/2012 3:12 pm

      Hello there Mezza! Long time no see. Thanks for stopping by and will return the visit soon… So behind. 🙁

  49. 26/10/2012 5:48 am

    “Who intentionally shoots silhouettes? I love the word and the way it rolls off the tongue when you say it; quite romantic, sexy, even lyrical …”

    • 12/11/2012 3:12 pm

      I’m glad you liked that line… It was my first reaction to the challenge… But I love it too! 🙂

  50. 26/10/2012 1:22 pm

    I finally got my “Silohuette” photo posted and I am still viewing my blogging friends posts too…Loved your collection…The lamppost caught my eye…and I reviewed them 3 times…maybe it’s the colors…VERY NICE!

    • 12/11/2012 3:14 pm

      Thank you Marilyn… I keep forgetting to mention that it would great to add your blog link to your gravatar. Your name doesn’t link to your blog and neither does your gravatar… How do we find you? With great difficulty. Ta love! 🙂

  51. 26/10/2012 2:27 pm

    a nice selection! I must admit I’ve never set out to get a silhouette, they have been totally down to my incompetence 🙂

    • 12/11/2012 3:14 pm

      You are so funny. I feel the same way… 😆

  52. 27/10/2012 6:11 am

    what a brilliant collection of silhouettes. i especially enjoyed your trees at dusk. thanks for sharing!

    • 12/11/2012 3:15 pm

      TY too for stopping by… Still have to check in with you too… 🙂

  53. 28/10/2012 6:31 am

    I enjoyed the silhouetted people, very fun.

    • 12/11/2012 3:16 pm

      TY and it turned out to be a fun exercise after all… 🙂

  54. 28/10/2012 3:46 pm

    You found some great shots, Elizabeth.
    Like you, I love the word too. It is lyrical, sexy and sophisticated. I used to shop at a store called Silhouette, loved going there.

    • 12/11/2012 3:17 pm

      What a cool name for a shop… I like that. TY for checking in Marcia! 🙂

  55. Mireille Roc permalink
    19/07/2015 10:24 am

    love the style of these photos. breathtakingly beautiful!


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