This contest is going to emphasize an often neglected aspect of photography, the background. Backgrounds can be used to compliment the entire result or to draw attention to certain aspects of the subject. Some backgrounds can even be distracting and lower viewers' opinions.

Your goal is to take a picture of a static object on an entirely black background. The only colors should be that of the subject, and the solid black background. The photo has to be taken with a real background (So no post-editing to remove the background and make it black!)

If you are looking for some inspiration, check out this contest we had on Pxleyes 3 years ago: It was won by still26 with this photo:

PS: It's very important to vote on every entry, the more votes we get, the more accurate the rankings will be. Also, when you see something on someone's entry that can be improved, let them know. That way, we can learn new skills from each other!

PS #2: the user profile pages have been updated, check them out by clicking on a person's name!

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan

If you have any questions/suggestions/comments about this contest, reply to this comment!

Good luck! 👇

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Bronze awardGold awardGold award
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Seduction created by Olga.L

Oftentimes when I go to shoot flowers I take a black muslin cloth stretched over cardboard to place behind the flowers as this eliminates the background busyness. This is how I got the black background in this photograph.

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Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Congrats Olga 😁

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

Mercy buckets! Cherie....

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Congratulations on First a worthy winner.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Vibeke :

Thank you again.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Beautiful

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Vibeke :

Thank you, Vibeke.

Velya avatarLevel 8
Velya

Congrats Olga.L

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Congratulations on first and second Olga. You're work is always top notch.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

Thank you Sky.

Velya avatarLevel 8
Velya

a job you deserve

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Velya :

Kind of you ....THANK YOU

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Thank you for explaining how you got the black background. It's a helpful tip for people who are new to photography. The flower is beautiful.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

Thank you again Sky.

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The Champ created by Olga.L

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Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

The Champ is you too 😋

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

..blush.......merci

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

It's good to be green.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Congratulations on 2nd too, well done Olga.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Vibeke :

Thank you Vibeke.

Velya avatarLevel 8
Velya

Congratulations, nice work

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Fuchsia created by Vibeke

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Velya avatarLevel 8
Velya

Congratulations, nice work

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Velya :

Thank you Velya

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I really liked this one Vibeke, congrats!

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga

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Skyangel

Congratulations on 3rd place Vibeke. I just love this one. It is so clear, I feel like I could reach in and take it out of the screen.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Love it...how did you do it? Purple and pink combo is my two MOST favourite colour combinations...my graduation bouquet was purple and pink. Lovely sharp detail is shown too...good aperture!

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga, I had picked the flower and hung it inside in front of a black backdrop.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Simply beautiful.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Skyangel :

Thank you so much.

eugen avatarLevel 7Bronze award
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Surreal repair created by eugen

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Velya avatarLevel 8
Velya

Congratulations, nice work

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Velya :

Thank you

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Very clever, I love photos that show imagination.

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Vibeke :

Thank you very much !

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The end created by eugen

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Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Well done

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Vibeke :

Thank you !

Velya avatarLevel 8
Velya

Congratulations, nice work

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Velya :

Thank you

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I really liked this one ....glad it made it into the top ten.

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Olga.L :

Thank you.
Take the opportunity to ask you something : on this site users have a gallery with photos uploaded in he contests ? Haw can I access the gallery of any uses ?

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to eugen :

The creator of this site is Staan. His email is [email protected]

He will answer all of your questions 🙂.

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Olga.L :

🤠

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Sweet still life created by eugen

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

What a story.....ahhhh. Lovely, love it!

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Olga.L :

Thank you very much

Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin

GREAT one! 🤩

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Merlin :

🤠👍

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Wonderful, was it photographed against a black background?

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Vibeke :

Thank you

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Lunch created by Olga.L

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Dancer created by Olga.L

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Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Beautiful work

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Vibeke :

Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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Lights and shadows created by eugen

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MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye

Masterfully lit and Beautifully presented.
My Fav.
Awesome job Artist!

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to MyMindsEye :

Thank you

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Well done

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Vibeke :

🤠

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

WOW, a dissonance feel to this upload and because it hooks my wonder button and has opened my mind to a new way of thinking and looking , I give it many thumbs up. Creative and mysterious an image that makes the viewer look inward. Great negative space, well balanced, the dance of light and shadow is felt. I would love to know your process for achieving this shot!

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Olga.L :

There is not much to say. A black T-shirt with support and an all-black robe as a background. Natural light ( at a certain distance from the window ) and a lot of patience to find a favorable position of the subject. Maybe a little inspiration should be added...
PS. I apologize for any mistakes, but I do not speak English and I have some difficulty expressing myself

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to eugen :

Thank you . I understand you perfectly.

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Catman's armour created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A stable entry with good negative space all around holding us glued to the 'batman' armour. Portrait format makes gives this a regal feel and your saturation of colours is natural and not overcooked at all. The focus is good the subject is sharp. How is this armour managing to float on a black background? Is it suspended from behind?

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

I don't remember if it was suspended or on a basement, this masterpiece was in an art museum 😊

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Moment of Impact created by kyricom

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MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye

Clever concept well executed!
Well done, Artist.

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom replied to MyMindsEye :

Thank you

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scream! created by iquraishi

my nephew!

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Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Looks like you had fun with that photo shoot. I really like the coloured lighting effects.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

yellow and green are analogous colours meaning they appear side by side on the colour wheel meaning they are strong and visually very pleasing! I love this sweet "scream" shot and am intrigued with your sharp focus that enables us, viewers, to see dental caries this poor kid has....is that the reason he is screaming? A fun portrait, well-done artist!

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Dance of Love created by Wayne-Cheah

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

prachtig!

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Wayne-Cheah replied to Marleen :

Dank u wel!

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Exotica created by Olga.L

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
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Wired created by Zizounai

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Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

This is a fascinating wire sculpture. I have never seen anything like it before. Are the colours the result of coloured lights or are they coloured wires?

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Skyangel :

Thank you Skyangel. The wires are of different colours, enhanced by the lighting.

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Double portrait created by TroyMcClure

Mother and daughter

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Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Well done.

Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

leuk idee

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan

I met both!

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
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Coffee Money created by MyMindsEye

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Leuk idee

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MyMindsEye replied to Marleen :

Bedankt!

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A thoughtful and humorous upload and love the title! On a diagonal slant like that the photo gives a dynamic feel and all that spillage of coins gives it an acoustic touch. Nice little border to hold the coins in...! Technically sharp ...I'm still smiling!

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thanks, Olga.
Glad it amuses.
I appreciate your comments and recognition.

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Music of the Night created by Wayne-Cheah

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

This post stopped me in my tracks and I love the creative expression you have shown. I personally see an aesthetic beauty to this image with the smooth oval curve juxtaposed against the white ivory keys which are in contrast sharp...sharp and smooth, very nice. The lighting and exposure are well handled although there is a bit of blowout on her back (Upper R)with soft movement shown in the wisps of hair teasing our eyes in the corner. Through this image, you have shared with us your interpretation of what Music of the Night is all about and it is up to us to delve deeper into it and exercise our imaginations. Thank you.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for your even more creative interpretation. The "model" is my daughter, BTW. She was playing the piano in a black dress and I saw the "creative" opportunity.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Wayne-Cheah :

...........and you succeeded!

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom

This is a very nice shot!

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Wayne-Cheah replied to kyricom :

Thanks.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
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Girls having fun created by Vibeke

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Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin

Nice shot! Nice feeling!

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Merlin :

Thank you Merlin.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Love it. Sassy and shy are a nice combo for the viewer. Dark background yes, but your tones are wonderful showing detail in the white, exposure is spot on, great focus...next time you do a portrait like this try not to amputate digits as you have for the shy girl (it's minor really and we do get caught up in the emotive aspect of your image). Nicely framed with good breathing space all around. I like the natural authentic feel to your post....the girls are comfortable with the photographer and there is good communication between you and them and therefore us viewers.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga, you are so kind.

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom replied to Vibeke :

I love this shot. I didn't want to say anything while the contest was going, but I almost feel like I've watched them grow up. :-)

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to kyricom :

You have indeed. They are now about 6 feet.

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The Eye created by Zizounai

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Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Intriguing

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Vibeke :

I'll tell you all about it when the contest is finished.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Vibeke :

Here is where it is:
https://en.naiamuseum.com/

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Zizounai :

Thank you, a fascinating place.

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Fairy Michelia created by Vibeke

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At the end of the day... created by eugen

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Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Beautiful, but the background has been made black?

eugen avatarLevel 7
eugen replied to Vibeke :

I am saddened by your assumtion...
Absolutely not ! It is a clear-dark accentuated by the fact that the subject was dressed in black.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to eugen :

Apologies

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Swag! 100%! created by iquraishi

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Delightfully SWAG indeed and her facial expression oozes confidence...love it! A portrait format would have given more strength to the post. Overall the technical aspect is well done, natural tones, well focused. I wouldn't mind having a discussion about the world situation with this young lady!

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Nicely done

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Calla Lily created by kyricom

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Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Nice mood.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

I love this one it deserved a higher placing.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Done in soft focus which gives your post a melodic, romantic feel. Nice saturation of colours set against a black background. A more considered crop to include leaves would have stabilized the image for the viewer.

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Dark Novel created by Wayne-Cheah

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Bee and the flower created by aipics

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Prachtige kleuren

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Out of the Dark created by kyricom

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Intrigued by the star-shaped scar on his tummy is that some kind of body modification art? Love the shadows caught which emphasize the beauty of the human body. A portrait format gives strength to the sharp image and the serious look on his face adds to mystery. Thumbs up!

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Neighbours Cat created by Vibeke

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High Heel created by MyMindsEye

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Slice of the Moon created by kyricom

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Retired Professional created by MyMindsEye

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Olé! created by Wayne-Cheah

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First? created by MyMindsEye

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Chrysanthemums created by Vibeke

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Rack-em. created by MyMindsEye

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Fireworks in my garden created by Merlin

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Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin

🐔🙋‍♂️🐔

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Great catch...love it. Nice angle sloping down and considered crop. Well done.

Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin replied to Olga.L :

Thank U, Olga 😘

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Lady bug, lady bug created by Zizounai

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home, Your house in on fire and your children are gone, All except one and that's little Ann, For she crept under the frying pan...

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Friendly Pooch created by kyricom

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A very well behaved pooch posing for your camera. Your focus is in his chain, it needs to be on his eyes. I do like the POV you caught and have brought him right to us.

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