Are we photographers who need to go off road to get good photographs? Probably not… oh, let's call a spade a spade– mostly not. We're offroaders who either: want to prove where we've been or merely need to be able to remember where we've been.
This session is about a topic which all of us mostly overlook and most of us always misspell: silhouette's. They're not all that difficult to obtain, and most of us have accidentally gotten them unintentionally– some more than once – yes, you know who I'm looking at!
A silhouette is an outline that appears dark against a light background. Specifically, it is where the subject is seen as a black shape without detail against a brighter background.
Usually, with all of our automatic camera settings, if you photograph into the light, especially if the subject is directly in front of the light, you get a silhouette.
If you notice in the photographs below, most photographers prefer sunrise or sunset, when the sun is just on the horizon. That is when the sun causes the sky to be at its brightest and produces a greater contrast between the sky and the subject (and the sky is more-ther purdy).
If you do a search for silhouette (and spell it correctly) on Flickr it will find a million and 70 thousand photographs! A good example of those relating to the "geo" are below for you to look at and get ideas for your next ride.
The basic technique for obtaining silhouette's is not difficult; but, most of those below are not accidents and were not taken in "automatic" mode. The technique is more fully explained in the selection of resources which I've included after the examples.
Gabbiani al tramonto
Li River Sunrise
Cowbow and his Mount at Sunset
Sunrise Paddling on the North Canadian River
Great Blue Heron Silhouette
Knotts Windmill Silhouette
Columbian Black Spider Monkey Silhouette
Birds Silhouette Flight
Tule Elk Sunset Silhouette "Point Reyes" by Josh Merrill Photography
Silhouette in the Lonely World by Easa Shamih
boys having fun by Abdalla Naas
Horse Silhouette by Sunyata Photography
Love is in the air by iskandar
Goodnight Darlin by Rob Zabroky
Silhouette by Wayne Nelson
This land is your land by The Family Dog
Silhouette of a Hummingbird by jhhwild
alone - by Amrou A
Windansea by NixieMichelle
Silhouette by redeye
Silhouette by Muhammad Fahad Raza
Mantis Silhouette by TexasEagle
Red Deer Sunrise by Rob '81
Gull Against Morro Bay Sun by mikebaird
Soussusvlei silhouette by cisco
Moto Silhouette by md&r