Shadows and Silhouettes

This was a tough one from a technique standpoint. I’ve often accidentally taken photos in which my subject was in silhouette, but I’ve never done it on purpose. The key to it was in the challenge itself … which I should have re-read before setting out to accomplish it. “Expose for the background and let your subject fall into shadow.”

Expose for the background.  That’s the key I didn’t fully pick up on. Still, I had fun trying.

He stands in peace and turns to the spirit for understanding and solace.
He stands in peace and turns to the spirit for understanding and solace.
In the early evening light they wander.
In the early evening light they wander.

Home again, home again. Something in the evening light captures his attention through a window.

Something catches his eye and sets him to pondering.
Something catches his eye and sets him to pondering.

I almost used this next as the challenge shot. I love it.

He pauses, remembering something he had to do, before striding out of the room.
He pauses, remembering something he had to do, before striding out of the room.

Then we were called to London to attend to business. Not knowing what the day held, I took my camera.

Looking through the doors of the National Gallery, an idea comes to me.
Looking through the doors of the National Gallery, an idea comes to me. It became my challenge shot.
It was raining when we got to the exit and people clustered, hoping it might end before they had to go out.
It was raining when we got to the exit and people clustered, hoping it might end before they had to go out.

It will be fun, now that I’ve figured out what I should have been doing, to develop this further. The backdrop is the key to a scene played in silhouette.

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