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Silhouette

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Published Jan 5, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 17 Contributors

    17 photos selected by

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    This small southern beech tree silhouetted against the Devil's Punchbowl waterfall in Arthur's Pa...

    #silhouette #devils_punchbowl #water #tree #arthurs_pass #waterfall #new_zealand

    I’ll be honest with you—curating a Your Shot assignment is not an easy task, especially when the theme is as broad as silhouettes, but it’s definitely a fun experience. This is my second time curating an assignment for Your Shot, and it seemed equally challenging as my first. The last few weeks I have reviewed more than 15,000 images that came in for the assignment, and it was a great learning experience for me. 

    These pictures made me smile, they made me angry, and some tinkered with my emotional senses—all this while keeping the subjects entirely black and featureless. I think that was the coolest part of the assignment.

    Singapore is considered one of the most developed cities in the world. I feel it is futuristic. T...

    #silhouette #futuristic #cities #singapore

    Editor's Note

    I agree with the caption of this image Mohsin; it has quite a futuristic feel to it. The silhouette, the shadows and the pattern in those glittering lights make this look like a snapshot from a sci... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    the choice is yours

    #silhouette #silhouette_assignment

    Editor's Note

    This image brings a smile on my face and reminds me the power of simple composition. It appears like the silhouette has an opportunity of choosing a color and makes me wonder if it has that choice?... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    What if another world existed behind this curtain? A young girl determined to find out and impose...

    #silhouette #black_and__white #shadows #sunlight #behind_curtains #girl

    Editor's Note

    Stunning image here Zoe. The enigmatic and puzzling silhouette of the girl made this image special for me. Makes me want to know more about the image, is the girl playing? Is she struggling with s... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    a sunset in venice in the contested bridge "Calatrava"

    #silhouette #shadows #light #reflection #bluehour #street #venice #sunset

    Editor's Note

    Loved the way the glass is reflecting as well as allowing us to see through, it's all placement of light, and you have managed it very well in this image. The silhouette balances the entire composi... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    The winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus twenty and l...

    #inner_mongloia #rider #winter #motion #speed #horse #china #mist #travel

    Editor's Note

    A perfect moment captured here. Loved the position of the whip, the action and I can feel the adrenaline that you captured in this image. The mist and snow flack just add to the surreal feel of the... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Reflection of the fire place in the crystal ball with the fire and the darkness at the background...

    #philosophy_of_life #light #fireinthearm #fire #crystalball #mindgames #silhoette_assignment

    Choosing from more than 15,000 images is a humongous effort, and I went through all the pictures at least twice before making the first cut of 580 images. From there I brought it down to 200 images. After that, it got painful. Some of the photos I had liked from the very beginning didn’t make it—many, in fact. It took me double the amount of time to choose the story images from the top 200. I fought with myself on behalf of each and every image that was entered in the assignment before coming down to these images. So here we are: the final story. 

    The montjuic fontain

    #silhouette #barcelona #fontain #color

    Editor's Note

    Slow shutter speed works very well here, creating a unique pattern of the water. The orange light gives a flame like character to that pattern. Those three people standing out of the row of the spe... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Just a little boy. It was a moment in the airport duty free area, next to some boutique.

    #man #high #noman #difference #alicja_yusupova #billboard #street #boy #human #small

    Editor's Note

    There are too many interpretations of this picture, and that's what I like about it. Even though the character of the image is featureless and I can't see kids face, I can imagine his expression, h... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Shot In downtown for Myers while doing a photoshoot

    Editor's Note

    This is quite a captivating image. I keep coming back to this, and It took me a while understand what's happening and notice the man resting next to the pillar. The posture of the man, the position... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Lantern Floating Ceremony - Held annually on Memorial Day on Oʻahu’s south shore, Lantern Floatin...

    #memorial_day #letsexplore #lanterfloating #abstract #hawaii #sea #beach #travel #oceans #sunset

    Editor's Note

    Focus on the front lamps highlighting the message, wonderful silhouette of the boy and smooth fading of the lamps creating a bokeh makes this image special for me. Lovely composition !!

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    ​While holding my breath I swam down into Devil's ear at Ginnie Springs. As I asended from my div...

    #freedive #silhouette #dive #santaferiver #spring #colors #florida #freshwater

    Editor's Note

    We usually imagine a Silhouette to be bicolored, but this is one of the best examples of multi-colored Silhouettes. I love the splash of colors here, the playful mood of the divers and ripples in t... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    I've had this shot in the back of my mind for ages. Fortunately the stars aligned (quite literall...

    #dolomiten #drei #dolomiti #cortina #laverado #tre #locatelli #dolomites #cime #zinnen

    Editor's Note

    There are too many elements in this picture, and all of them are excellently placed. The man gives a sense of the enormity of the mountains; his lamp appears to be illuminating the milky way which ... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    It's a hotel from outside after sunset at Waikiki Beach, Honolulul, Hawaii. I really liked the mo...

    #silhouette #ngmadventure #waikiki_beach #hawaii #honolulu #people #travel

    Editor's Note

    The orangish light gives it a mysterious feel and the empty black spaces between the windows are adding a character to this image. Leaves me wondering what's happening in there? What is that lady i... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Just after sunrise, in winter period, the warm rays of the sun found space and flood the valley o...

    #silhouette #sunrise #light #adda #italy #oppioni #river #tree

    Editor's Note

    The silhouette of the tree's, the lines created by the shadows, and the mist gives a surreal feel to this image. I feel like walking on that pathway. Loved it !!

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Silouhete at the museum

    #streetphotography #blackandwhite

    Editor's Note

    This image is full of frames and partitions but what I loved the most is the placement of black and white elements in the image. A wonderful way to show how these totally opposite colours are inter... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Tsugaru railway in Aomori Japan. This unmanned station will tunnel blooming cherry blossoms in sp...

    #evening #spring #japan #aomori #sakura #family #tsugarurailway #people #railway

    Editor's Note

    The illuminated rail tracks lead my eyes straight to the silhouette of the family, and I like how the kid is running ahead!! The blooming cherry blossom just adds to the image. Brilliant compositio... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    At the beginning of the assignment I had a vague idea of how this story would turn out, but the story we have here is far from it. You all surprised me every day by sharing totally new and fresh perspectives of silhouettes. As expected, you covered a broad spectrum and showed me images of people, wildlife, landscapes, products, and lot more. After this assignment, I personally would no longer imagine a silhouette only by its classic perception: dawn or dusk, golden light, and featureless subjects. You have changed it for me. Thanks a ton for thinking out of the box and making this assignment a success!

    About the Editor
    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer
    Prasenjeet Yadav is a molecular ecologist turned photographer and a National Geographic Explorer. Early in his scientific career, he realized that his real passion lay in storytelling. He now combines his research experience with his photography skills to tell stories about science, exploration, and conservation. Under his explorer's project, he ...

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