Creative Silhouettes

Some of the most beautiful photo images are silhouettes. By that I mean the source of light is behind the object or scenery one is photographing, resulting in some very dramatic images. Another way to put it is having the light source directly in front of you, the photographer. Be sure to turn off the flash on the camera’s settings to help attain the silhouette effect. For sunset silhouettes like the one above, try setting your digital camera’s scene mode to “sunset” if it has this option. This will assure that the flash does not go off and will retain the intense hues of the composed image. Below are some of my more favorite silhouette images I composed.

Rural Silhouette

Mount Hood Silhouette

Bird Silhouette

Try taking some creative photo images using this photography technique I described to attain some of your very own beautiful, silhouette images! You may be pleasantly surprised!

All photos property of Northwestphotos and Peggy Thompson

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A long time resident of Washington State, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA. I am retired and enjoy regional travel, exploring all the wondrous, natural settings that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you get a chance, visit my Northwestphotos Zazzle store,
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16 Responses to Creative Silhouettes

  1. dianne - life as i see it says:

    beautiful silhouettes. and i agree, some of the most beautiful photography are silhouettes

  2. Nice collection of silhouettes. I especially like the bird one. I try to get up at that magic hour when silhouettes are best but . . .

    • Don’t worry about about that “magic hour” so much! I bet some of your best pictures are from ‘whatever’ time of day it was that you took them! Photography is full of surprises! You never know what you’re gonna get! Just have fun and enjoy what you are doing. I find that worrying about every little detail affecting outcomes makes me uptight. And an uptight photographer eventually loses some of that enjoyment of taking photos!

  3. ldsiebs says:

    Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing and for the photography tips!

  4. Your work never ceases to amaze me.

  5. I especially like the subdued minimalism of your Mt. Hood sunset: well done.

    Steve Schwartzman

  6. Meanderer says:

    What wonderful silhouettes – each one beautiful in its own way.

  7. no1queenie says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog! These silhouette pictures are beautiful x

  8. rdowney86 says:

    Beautiful, the colors are astounding!

  9. Hutch says:

    Very nice, I love silhouettes.

  10. switters says:

    Yes, the early morning lighting of a NW Steelhead (fly) fisherman for sure. Ladies welcome. Very nice work. Pleasing to the eye and soul.


  11. scottrandall says:

    the silhouettes are beautiful!

  12. Your silhouettes are great! I’ll be stopping by again – thanks for liking my blog.

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