January 14 - Photography Technique Silhouette

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  1. bestcee

    bestcee Lorelei and Rory are my neighbors

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    I love Em-Oh-Cee, or Mock, if you prefer. The challenges, the creativity, the overflowing gallery! Today, I have a photo challenge for you. Silhouettes are a captivating image. The focus of the photo is usually black, with no visible features, just a shape against a (usually) color background. The contrast between the black and the color adds a unique mood to a silhouette. It can be mysterious or romantic or joyful or any number of emotions. Sometimes I capture them on purpose, sometimes purely by accident. Either way, I love the focus on the shapes in the photo. It adds another dimension to a photo when it is told through shapes alone.

    Here are a few examples of silhouette photos from my collection.
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    Today's challenge is for you to take a silhouette photo and scrap it.

    There are many ways to achieve the silhouette look. The easiest is to shoot a backlit subject. Backlit means the brightest light is behind the subject. If you use nature for your light, it's easiest to get a silhouette at sunrise or sunset. The trick with a silhouette is to expose your photo for the light, not for the person or object. This can be captured with any camera type.

    1. Shoot Against the Light. Doors and windows work, so does the sun. Hiding the sun behind your subject is another trick.
    2. Pay Attention to the outline of your subjects. If you use people, you don't want them too close together or they will only be a blob.
    3. Set the exposure manually and turn off your flash.

    Here is my page. I used two photos, you do not have to. I knelt down to look up a little at my son. It created a better silhouette against the fading sunset. It also gives him more importance, but that's a subject for another day.
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    Rules:
    1. Take a silhouette photo. The photo must be new and it can not be a stock photo. The photo must be taken by you.
    2. The largest photo on the page must be a silhouette. Shadows do not count as silhouettes.
    3. There must be other TLP product on the page besides your photo.

    Your page must be a new page in order to count for the Month of Challenges. Your page must be posted in three places:
    1. Uploaded to the TLP Gallery (not an outside hosting site).
    2. Posted in your page thread you created in the MOC Layouts Folder. You should have one post per completed challenge page. If you complete all 31 challenges, your thread should contain 31 posts. Please do not comment in the participants’ page threads so we can keep them clean.
    3. Posted in this thread. People can comment here if they wish.
    Pages should contain at least 75% current Lilypad product (currently for sale in the store from either permanent designers or guest designers). Pages with just photos and/or journaling do not count toward your MOC pages.

    If you need more help with capturing a silhouette, here are a few links:
    https://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-silhouettes/
    https://www.eyeem.com/blog/10-tips-for-taking-stunning-silhouette-photos-with-your-smartphone

    I can't wait to see your silhouette photos!
     
  2. bestcee

    bestcee Lorelei and Rory are my neighbors

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    Reserved for Q & A and clarifications

    Define new:
    A new photo anytime after this minute when I posted the challenge :-)
    So today, tomorrow, January 31st....

    I know there's a lot of grey weather in the winter. Here's some tips: I found this article with an example for a cloudy day and tips on how she did it.
    https://www.rebeccaspencerphotography.com/2015/09/how-to-shoot-a-silhouette-on-an-overcast-day/
    You can do it! The photo at the bottom right in my example is actually taken at nighttime, after sunset. The pipes behind us glow brightly creating the silhouette regardless of the sky weather. I've also gotten some silhouettes of my kid playing video games in front of the TV. Not a lot of light inside, plus the bright tv screen = silhouette.
     
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  3. Eyeore

    Eyeore Think it over, think it under

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    Wow, a great challenge.
    We have to take a new photo, like today?
    What do you consider "new", how recent?
     
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  4. bestcee

    bestcee Lorelei and Rory are my neighbors

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    A new photo anytime after this minute when I posted the challenge :-)
    So today, tomorrow, January 31st....:whistle
     
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  5. LilachOren

    LilachOren Well-Known Member

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    Oh.. this is fun... It going to be interesting.
     
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  6. cinderella

    cinderella Give me a word, any word ...

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    Sounds cool!
     
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  7. bestcee

    bestcee Lorelei and Rory are my neighbors

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    Yay!
     
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    bestcee Lorelei and Rory are my neighbors

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    I'm excited to see what you capture!
     
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  9. jagruti patel

    jagruti patel Well-Known Member

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    Never mind! I see we can have multiple subjects! Lol...that was going to be my question! Have an idea. Hope it pans out!
     
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  10. CharlotteM

    CharlotteM Well-Known Member

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    thank you for the Challenge!
    In January there are always the most beautiful sunrises here in Berlin, so I take pictures of the beautiful sky and the tree silhouette almost daily from my window.
    I did that today, exactly at the time when you shared the challenge. Photo is brand new ......

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  11. nessita

    nessita Well-Known Member

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    It's gonna be a real challenge here in this foggy, cloudy weather. Hope i can see some sunlight soon :)
     
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  12. Mumma848

    Mumma848 Well-Known Member

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    excellent!
    So the main photo, the biggest photo must be a silhouette, but there can be other photos on the page that are not?
     
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  13. disneysheryl65

    disneysheryl65 Well-Known Member

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    If the silhouette picture is take today and dominates the page, can there be other photos that aren't new on the page for a theme? I have an idea about what I want to photograph today and pair it with some existing pictures I have. Thanks!
     
  14. meterr

    meterr I've got ICE in my veins!

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    I hope my silhouettes are ok. I took the only opportunity I had to take photos as its cold here and we don't go out much in the cold. I used our early morning commute to school to do my photography! I used dark colours to keep the feeling of the layout/photos as well as making it masculine. If you're wondering what's playing on the radio its one of my son's faves, Jethro Tull!

    Silhouette: Husband and son in silhouette in vehicle
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  16. mirjam

    mirjam mirjam

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    The silhouette photo isn't all that but the lunch at Kek sure was!

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  17. bjc

    bjc Trophy Wife

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    Same here. Cloudy and grey almost every day
     
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  18. Pachimac

    Pachimac Shhhh! You're disturbing the books

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    Aw man!!! I have the best photo I took last week of a silhouette of my friends daughter on top of a cliff at sunset!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    flowersgal I have big ears and wide arms

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    cestlafranz Well-Known Member

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    @bestcee Would it be ok to use a bw-version of my picture? It does show the silhouette in the coloured version as well, I just prefer black and white. I don't mind attaching both images to the thread later, if that helps with the requirements. But I can also understand if a bw-image does count as cheating.
    Many thanks, Franzi
     

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