How to Create Colorful Shadows

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Shadows are created when light hits an object and reflects onto a surface. Although most shadows are black, but some can be in color. Translucent objects create shadows based on their color. Water is translucent, glass is translucent, and some umbrellas are translucent. If you put food coloring in water and put that in a translucent glass and put in an area where you can get shadows, the water will create a shadow based on the color you put in. You can do this indoors or outdoors depending on what you are trying to do.


  • Get a translucent watering pail or glass
  • Fill with water
  • Put food coloring of your choice into the water
  • Mix it in
  • Wait for sunrise or sunset
  • Put watering pail or glass in front of a surface of your choice
  • The shadow should be in color if you are doing this right

Just be creative and the photo will look great! Here are some photos that I took at sunset. I would like to add that if you do get food coloring on your fingers, good luck trying to get that off…

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