A picture of the twin cupolas that form the top of the façade of Salzburg Cathedral taken in the late afternoon and deliberately underexposed to obtain this silhouette effect against the blue sky.
Salzburg Cathedral (German: Salzburger Dom) is a 17th century baroque building, dedicated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg. It was the site of Mozart's baptism.
Some trivia from Wikipedea about silhouettes:
“A silhouette is a view of some object or scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouette usually being black. The word is an eponym named after Etienne de Silhouette, a finance minister of Louis XV who in 1759 imposed such harsh economic demands upon the French people that his name became synonymous with anything done or made cheaply.
A silhouette is a form of artwork. It is most commonly a human portrait in profile, in black. They do not show any facial expression. Silhouettes are most often made by a skilled silhouette artist by looking at a subject's profile, whether in person or from a photograph, and simply cutting out their likeness freehand.
Two hundred years ago, long before the camera was invented, someone wishing to have an inexpensive portrait created of their loved ones would have visited a silhouette artist. Within minutes and using only a pair of scissors and a skilful eye, he would have produced a little image with a remarkable resemblance to his subject.
In America, silhouettes were highly popular from about 1790 to 1840. The invention of the camera signalled the end of the silhouette as a widespread form of portraiture. However, their popularity is being reborn in a new generation of people who appreciate the silhouette as a nostalgic and unique way of capturing a loved one's image.”
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dip (23888) 2008-02-25 23:51
beautiful and interesting image,very good contrast and framing,
robertosalguero (284) 2008-02-26 0:32
Yes indeed you have perfect silhouettes here. The contrast the towers create against the blue sky is excellent. The point of view is very good to create good balance of elements and light, and still shgow some good details on the church. I find your note interesting regarding the use and meaning of silhouettes. Thanks.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-02-26 0:48
Hello Stephen! Amazing lightness. Wonderful shadow. Interesting architecture. Very original POV, original composition. Great effect. Well done!
Muse (34942) 2008-02-26 0:49
Jolie vue de ces toits en silhouette.
Un ciel superbe et un cadrage qui convient bien.
ChrisJ (111746) 2008-02-26 0:53
Excellent graphism & sharpness. I like the dual blue & black colour combo. The white clouds complete the tonal range. Good symmetry, between the 2 crucifix topped spires. Tfs!
Nicou (139218) 2008-02-26 1:39
Ce contre-jour est mangigique, le sessin de clocher de découpe parfaitement dans ce slpendide ciel, superbe.
Bravo et amitiés
wolf38 (31296) 2008-02-26 1:56
Hello Stephen. Again a worth seeing motive. Also this time again typically for Salzburg. As it seems, this city for walks with the camera is ideal. The photo pleases me very well. Best regards, Wolfgang.
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2008-02-26 2:30
An excellent example of capturing silhoettes. Fantastic contrast with the sky. A very good presentation.
horatiuTT (4570) 2008-02-26 4:07
Lovely shot with an interesting approach,I like how thought it
with this big silhouette,fantastic light also.
Cricri (117403) 2008-02-26 4:24
Belles silhouettes en contre jour sous un beau ciel aux nuages blanc, bon POV et présentation
Have a nice day for you
amaryllis (36705) 2008-02-26 5:50
une photo originale de ces silhouettes des deux tours de cette cathédrale
un beau ciel
une belle composition avec ce contraste
UnTrained (0) 2008-02-26 6:13
well done, the soft light on some edges give depth and structure, but the main part is hidden in the dark. The blue and white behind is very pleasant for the arrangement of towers. Good position in the capture and clear, sharp lines.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-02-26 6:20
C'est bien vu de faire des silhouettes sur ce ciel d'un beau bleu sombre, et ces nuages lumineux. La cathédrale garde son mystère en ne se dévoilant pas. C'est utile de découvrir l'origine du mot. Très bon travail.
carper (96) 2008-02-26 7:33
a very nice silhouette here Stephen,
good contrast with the blue sky, very well seen, good photojob, have a nice day.
jurek1951 (42196) 2008-02-26 7:53
Nice scene. Great composition and light,great effect.
Gustaw (21670) 2008-02-26 8:14
Hi, my friend!
And next interesting photo in your collection. I like your old architecture and shadows. Interesting dark colours. It is oryginal photo. Well done.
Fis2 (95561) 2008-02-26 8:30
Good idea, surious effect. I like the composition and frame. Tef shadow make impression.
chrisnet (22948) 2008-02-26 12:39
Nice silhouettes on this beautiful blue sky, thanks for your interesting note.
cobbydale (1958) 2008-02-27 12:26
Great silhouette Stephen, and crystal sharp. I like the way the clouds are positioned.
TopGeo (38216) 2008-02-27 12:32
Hi Stephen ! excellent shot!I believe that your idea you take silhouettes the Temple in the blue background of sky gave a picture interesting! Him keep in my collection? on the subject? silhouettes figures out line!
Pitoncle (3745) 2008-02-29 12:50
Agréable composition dans laquelle les silhouettes sont judicieusement mises en valeur par la nébulosité.
A bientôt sur TE pour de nouvelles aventures.
ikeharel (69311) 2011-11-29 8:52
Good evening Stephen,
Nice black turrets silhouette aganist the blue sky aloft.
The clouds on back sure adding a good clue of how changeable the mood there...
Noel_Byrne (30191) 2013-05-21 11:00
Beautiful subject for a silhouette, the cupolas and the statue look excellent presented this way. Really nice light and composition. Cheers.
serp2000 (43616) 2014-05-26 7:07
Simple but interesting composition, I think, every photographer has got similar minimalist picture in collection. Well done, impressive contrast of the clear blue sky and the black silhouettes.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (96797)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-07-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS D30, Canon 28-80 3,5-4,8 USM IV
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): silhouettes figures out line [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-25 23:25