One of my goals during our beach trip was to take a lot of silhouette photos. It’s something of a personal project this year to seek out fun places for silhouette images. I thought it would be easy to do on the beach, but it was harder than I expected.
When we went to Johnson’s Beach one evening for some photos, we found tall dunes and this was the perfect spot. No condos in the background, no crouching low to get more of the horizon. And I loved the sea oats. I’ve learned that having something in the shot, especially if it represents movement, besides the subject makes a more interesting silhouette image.
The above image came off my camera as a raw file and I opened it in Photoshop. I edited this image using MCP actions, Outdoor Illusions/ Lake Michigan Sunset. This action is designed for silhouettes and it really enhances the sky. Sometimes too much, so I always lower the opacity.
I love the resulting image. Have you tried shooting silhouettes?