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How to take a silhouette picture

A trip to the park at sunset created the perfect opportunity for me to work on my silhouettes.  In both these photos my kids are climbing up this really cool rope pyramid which they call the Eiffel Tower. The first one  is my son taken with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens in manual, shutter speed 1/250 F-Stop 3.5

A couple things I have learned about silhouettes is to make sure your background is brighter than your subject. Trying around sunset is perfect! The first time you position yourself in front of a sunset to take a silhouette you will see the sun sets faster than you think! So be prepared! Expose for the light. If you want your subject to be identifiable meter off their face instead.

This next one is my daughter same settings Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens shot at a shutter speed of 1/1250 sec. and F-Stop 3.5

The one thing about Montana come August we usually have Forrest fires in the surrounding areas. This summer was no different, but definitely not as bad as past  years.  The  smoke still came and lingered in the valley for a bit. This picture below is unedited.  I was in the kitchen when I looked out the window and saw the sun was pretty close to setting so my daughter and I jumped in the car and drove to a near by park to take this picture. I realize it’s not a silhouette… just a picture taken at sunset.

 

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