Macro Monday: Silhouette

Monday, June 5th, 2017

This week’s theme for the Flickr Macro Monday group is “Silhouette.” From this week’s instructions:

In last week’s theme discussion thread I challenged Gilbert de Bruijn to come up with a theme for Macro Mondays because he wasn’t very fond of the theme I had selected. Here is his idea for next week’s theme, in his own words:


“This is what Wikipedia says about it: A silhouette is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single color, usually black, with its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all. The silhouette differs from an outline, which depicts the edge of an object in a linear form, while a silhouette appears as a solid shape. Silhouette images may be created in any visual artistic media, but was first used to describe pieces of cut paper, which were then stuck to a backing in a contrasting color, and often framed. There is no need to keep it all black and white so go wild as long as the guideline is a solid shape with its edges matching the outline of the subject and the interior is featureless. Over the internet there are dozens of “how to make” so get that help if you are not sure how to. Go out after dark or take the setting sun as a help.

[edit] The above ⬆️ text was written by Gilbert–not me.

Below ⬇️ is my text (from Janet Towbin, moderator of the group):

Gilbert was kind enough to put together a gallery for inspiration. (Lots of insects!!) A word of warning: there are many images in that gallery I do not consider to be silhouettes. Follow the definition above that I have made in BOLD type face for this theme.

Spider Silhouette

The sunset wasn’t as pretty as I was hoping last night, but I plucked a tiny rosebud with leaves from our rose bush and started setting up a silhouette shot of the rosebud against the sky. Before too long, a tiny transparent spider came investigating and I asked him to be part of my image. I really do connect with these tiny creatures and he hung out on a leaf for me while I got my shot. I like his hairy legs and the hairy stem of the rosebud that complements him. The rosebud isn’t even in this frame, the leaf is about 3/4″ in length, and the spider is less than 1/4″ in length. Because he is transparent, I couldn’t quite get him completely black.

New Braunfels nature macro spider silhouette photographer

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/16 | 1/320 | ISO 100

Thanks for looking!

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