Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouettes

Do you speak in images? Enjoy taking photos to document your experiences or just to express what you notice in the world? Love to share them with others? Welcome to the weekly photo challenge! I post a new challenge each week…check in regularly and join the fun!

As a photographer I am fascinated by light.  I know some of the rules that photographers are encouraged to follow…shoot with the light behind you, avoid the harsh light of mid-day, and more.  And light is tricky…it’s hard to get it just right.  Last weekend I was at the beach near sunset…the perfect time for shooting into the sun to create silhouettes.

I found myself chasing birds and people to snap the shutter just as they lined up with the sunlight, creating a sort of spotlight on the silhouette…like this shot of my husband.

Geoff silhouette

And I love the way this one of the seagull also has the oranges and yellows of the sun setting against the clouds with a bit of blue peeking through.

seagull silhouetteThis one of the fisherman surprised me.  It is a silhouette without shooting directly into the light.  It has a softness and blueness that delights me.  I will have to experiment with this technique more often.

fisherman silhouette

This photo of the lifeguard tower is more typical of a silhouette.  I was excited when the lifeguard came around the corner just as I pressed the shutter!

tower silhouette

Looking for photos that I hadn’t taken at the beach and where I still created a silhouette was a bit more challenging for me.  I have a favorite spot on my way to and from work where the sun, sky, and the palm trees interact.  I love playing with the angles of the row of palm trees and their playful dance with the sun.

palm tree silhouettesBut that is still pretty near the beach…so I continued my search for silhouettes and found a couple of interesting ones from my trip to Yellowstone last month.  Here is one of the arch at the north entrance to the park.

arch silhouette

And here is one of a wonderful huckleberry soft serve cone that I enjoyed near Old Faithful.

ice cream silhouette

And sometimes the best silhouette of all is the one I didn’t take.  This picture of me in silhouette was taken by my husband in Yellowstone as he snapped a photo of me taking a photo of the amazing clouds in the distance.

me silhouette

So this is the week to frame a silhouette.  You might catch a pet, a loved one, an iconic building, or something else as you look to the light.  You can create your silhouette with the natural light of the sun or create a silhouette using indoor light.  (I’ll have to try that!)

You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!)

I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #silhouette for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

What will you find as you practice the art of the silhouette?  I can’t wait to find out!





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