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by Peter Allsop (subscribe)
Riding through life to nowhere in particular, just because I can. Direction = random(N,S,E,W) Instagram: @melbourneon2wheels
Published November 12th 2018
Spell Silhouette
So the light is poor or too bright - don't despair. Try your hand at silhouettes - even learn how to spell it - clever you!

What is a Silhouette? By mere definition: a dark shape and outline against a brighter background.

It's a great challenge to point towards the light source but let the subjects and shapes block that light.... often the effect is stunning, then post editing software can turn down the colours or completely convert it to black and white. In the pier image, the light source is behind and low - fun, fun, fun

silhouette pier sunset photography
Silhouettes Everywhere

The opposite can be done in fading light, have the light shine on the object to outline the shape / object. It works even better if you isolate the object to the left & front of your composition. In the fading light, the eye is drawn to the only lit subject.

black and white windmill silhouette

Whatever you do when you point and shoot, position the image in the viewfinder and adjust the amount of light coming into the lens, either via manual controls or whether you point towards or away from the light source - enjoy.
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