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In an effort to move on from soft drinks and pollution, this weeks challenge is silhouettes
I find it interesting how a good silhouette shot works. For me it needs to be recognisable from an outline and potentially have some serious interest around it, there is an example from me below.

Here are the rules:
-One shot per person (unless you just want to show a few but clearly state which one is to be judged)
-Shots must have been taken in the last year
-Competition closes at 8pm BST next Sunday 3rd July
-Please state if you took the photo especially for the challenge as this might sway me if two shots are extremely close!
-I rule with an iron hand, my decision is final, I will not bow to peer pressure (but will accept bribes if of sufficient size) :lol:

Here's some examples to get your juices flowing
http://www.digital-photography-school.com/12-super-silhouette-shots

and here's something I took a while back:-
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conjoined crosses and a volcano by Cristem27, on Flickr

This was taken last April 2011, on Black Saturday, a fitting photo for the Holy Week. This was actually among my first silhouette shots. These crosses were erected as a monument for many people who lost their lives on that spot near the foot of the volcano, whenever there were violent eruptions or severe storms and flash floods. The crosses are conjoined as a symbol of the community's unity in times of suffering and despair.

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I REALLY like both submissions thus far. 8) I have an idea for my entry and hopefully I can find the time (and get up early enough :lol: ) to create something for this challenge.

Bambi...is there a story behind this image....I find it very unique and interesting.

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I will stick this in for now, taken earlier this year at sunrise, will try and maybe get out to shoot one specifically for the challenge and if I do will replace this one

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I REALLY like both submissions thus far. 8) I have an idea for my entry and hopefully I can find the time (and get up early enough :lol: ) to create something for this challenge.

Bambi...is there a story behind this image....I find it very unique and interesting.



thanks Duane. Here's the story. I was visiting a local garden centre in the next community. There were a number of statues made by a local artist (I think he's one of the owners of the nursery). He does very natural poses etc. This is one of his displays. I spent some time wandering around but couldn't get the right shot so I gave it up and wandered into the woods. When I came out of the pathways I looked up and saw this and thought 'aha!' That's the angle I was looking for. Sorry if you thought they were real people but the man does very realistic work. :)

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I don't know...thought it was kinda pretty. Offering $1.00 bribe. :lol:


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Great starter Brazillance.The sun replicating the eye of the figure is very unique.
Cristen...Very moving and powerful. Great composition.
Bambi... Very interesting capture and unique in regards to the amount of detail in the foreground.
Ade... Very beautiful colors and interesting subject.
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Thank you, BuddyBob. Your submission is so mysterious. Very effective framing, too.
Bambi, yours is very interesting, clearly focused and nice foreground.
Ade, I'm such a sucker for those colors!
Brazilliance, you gave a great example. Glad it is not included in the challenge... :lol:

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Well, some superb entries so far, keep em coming!

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Not a new one. Took this on a shoot with Ade last September:

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PaulT wrote:
Not a new one. Took this on a shoot with Ade last September:


I knew you'd be along with one of these killer shots. Lovely Paul!

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Wonderful images in this thread. I need to get out and try to get something new.

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Wonderful submissions. I envy many. Elegant shot, Thunder.

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Wow! Very impressive images. This group has really turned on the heat!! Jamie, this is gonna be a tough one!

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I think I'm going to need to enlist some help in judging this one :) Excellent stuff. Still taking bribes by the way...

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Wonderful submissions. I envy many. Elegant shot, Thunder.



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Stunning images here everyone, Jamie, love your example with the sunburst just in the right place...

Here's one from me, view from my old house:

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Thanks to everyone who entered. I've written a few comments against each image below. Hope they're useful!

Cristen - Conjoined Crosses
Good silhouette, well composed with a strong interest in the background too. Good backstory too. A poignant image with the volcano in the background.

Bambi - Sculpture silhouettes
I like this, the widescreen format works well too (removing the fairly bland sky)

Ade - Fishing boat at sunrise
Superb colours in this, great capture of the boat on it's way out for a day's fishing. Highlights how early they have to leave (and how early we have to get up sometimes too!). I would've preferred the boat "looking" the shot instead of out of it, but nonetheless, a cracker

Buddy Bob - Sun through trees
This has quite an eerie feel to it. Like it's actually the moon and you're lost in the woods at night.

Bakeys - Silhouette Cayuga
This one blew me away when I first saw it. Conjures up memories of summer holidays fishing as the sun goes down. Magical! I'm not fond of the oof tree/leaves at the top left of the image, I feel it would've been stronger if these were omitted by recomposition. The way the light is dancing off the lake is wonderful, giving the child excellent rimlight on her hair.

PaulT - Yacht sunrise
As I said when you posted it, a killer shot, beautifully exposed and composed. Great silhouettes, love the sun just poking through the clouds, razor sharp too.

Thunder - Backlit kettle
Interesting image, the lighting's good (strobe behind the kettle?). The golden reflections on the front are nice too.

Patrish - Ocho Rios
Sunrises and sunsets are quite popular for this challenge i'm starting to notice! Great placement of the boat with a nice interesting backdrop, almost looks like a storm on the cards. There's quite a bit of noise in the clouds, per'raps the cam chose a high ISO to freeze the action in the low light?

Eastsider - Misty morning(?) tree
I love mist and have never managed to capture it very well. Always seems to happen when I dont have a camera handy! You've caught it well, showing the very feint outline of trees in the distance.

Miadelight - View from my old house
All I can say is "Why is it your old house?!!". If I had a view like this from my house, nuclear war couldn't move me! It's a lovely silhouette and a nice view. I would've liked a larger image though.

I found it particularly difficult judging this one (more so than usual). The strongest images for me were from Bakeys, Ade and PaulT. I have been changing my mind all day between these three, but i've got to make a decision... PaulT, you're this weeks winner by a hair.

Thanks again to all who entered/contributed. Looking forward to the next one!!

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Great choice, congrats Paul.

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That really is a surprise. Thank you!

Now I have the hard part to do - coming up with a new challenge. Give me 24 hours to think about it ...

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