A couple weeks ago, I participated in the Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls OR. I took several classes to improve my photography skills and got to see a presentation by George Lepp. George has been taking pictures for over 50 years, and was recently presented with Lifetime Achievement Award by the North American Nature Photograhy Association. He is a regular contributor to Outdoor Photographer magazine. I was able to visit with him for a few minutes before his presentation – a true gentleman, wonderful photographer, and a great presenter.
One of my classes was silhouette photography. The timing wasn’t great for the field portion of the class, but we did the best we could and I learned a lot about the technique. The key to a successful silhouette image is the background. For those fine art shots that people like to hang in their homes and offices, black outlines with a brightly colored background works great. Think sunsets and sunrises. Another key element is to be as low as possible to ensure that there’s a clear connection with the ground. Get low to ensure that feet aren’t lost in the foreground, for example.
For the images from class, I relied on pretty skies and the details in the trees to make the composition work.
Here’s a few images from the class.
This wasn’t my first attempt at silhouettes. In 2015, I made this image of my neighbor’s house and yard.
And this from the Siskiyou River in Florence, OR.
My best silhouette to date was shot in 2016 in the Pinenut Range just east of my home.
Enjoy – PHOTOROGR
Obviously the class was a raging success! Your hobby has graduated to your art. Your photos just keep getting better and better, bravo 👏🏻
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