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    Senior Member jamsus's Avatar
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    Some silhouettes experiments - need help

    Hi everyone, those are my first experiments on "silhouettes" style (which i really like). My premises where: "Hey Andrea, go try those shots just when the sunset was exceptional".

    For that sky i took 1 hr permise at work to arrive where i wanted with my motocycle (protagonist with his viewmirror in one of the shots)!

    So... those are the shots, they are a bit post-processed to enhance the "Black\COLOR" effect, and to exalt the moment but they are not so heavy retouched, just a bit fixed to complaint my vision.

    Neeeeed criticism\comment

    Thank you
    Andrea

    "Sunset cloud"



    "Vineyards line"



    "Sunset from view mirror"
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    Nice sky in #1 and #2. Sorry, have not shot many silhouettes so I can't help much...

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    I do like where the third one is going. I can clearly identify a few objects that are silhouetted against the bright sky. Catching it in a mirror just improves it. Could try cropping it tighter or maybe just using a partial view of the mirror to get a more detailed look at the tall tree and keep people guessing a little bit about it being in a mirror? Just some random thoughts that came to mind when looking at it for a while. It just seems that the image has a lot of black area.

    If the subject of the first image was intended to be the cloud in the sky then perhaps a longer focal length, or cropping, would isolate it better? I am not seeing a shape in the hill that is strong enough to hold my interest for very long. Yes there is a suggestion of a woman's hip and arm along her side but the jagged edge of the trees works against it.

    Hope that at least something in this rambling might be of help to you.

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    Most strong silhouettes have a very strong, singular element - like single tree to focus on in the skyline or a single person. I think those are most effective. You might try to find a subject that looks good alone, and is distinguishable, against a relatively uncluttered backdrop.

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    Thank you everyone for suggestions, really helpful.

    Next time i will try to apply the tips!

    @jrw - I will try to work a bit on it
    @jrw - Yes, the subject was the cloud alone and i worked more on the simmetry instead of shapes - i'll search for the original RAW to try something as you suggested
    @Sean - Okay, i will try to get it
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