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Photo Craft Technique Assignments Weekly Assignment #152: Sunset Silhouette

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Old Jul-03-2011, 10:49 AM
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Weekly Assignment #152: Sunset Silhouette
It's been a while... Ran out of ideas, and the class seem to run out of students... But... may there is some new kids on the block?

Let's make it easy this time: take your subject for a walk around a sunset and take her/his silhouette. Your subject should be a prominent part of the frame, not a spec in a corner.
Technique is easy: pick up your exposure settings from the sky close to the sun (do not include the sun itself though - aim aside or block it with a gobo of sorts, e.g. your thumb). If needed, adjust levels/curves in post to achieve complete lack of details on the subject.

For an extra credit complete your entry with C-theory analysis.

Let's get some sunset silhouettes, shall we?
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Old Jul-08-2011, 06:19 PM
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I have been absent for a while, too. I think I can learn a lot from participating. Thanks for bringing the WA back.
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Old Jul-11-2011, 04:30 PM
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Students may not be present because of day jobs, but keep posting the assignments! When you miss class, you have to make up the assignments, no exceptions.
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Old Jul-22-2011, 07:59 PM
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Here is my go at this. I had my boys out the other day and the sun was setting and Trevor was practicing his juggling of a soccer ball. So placed him between me and sun. Tried to use him to block the sun but with the action sometimes the sun was visible.

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I might try some more in the next few days.
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Old Jul-23-2011, 03:14 PM
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Thank you Chris,
good entries!
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Old Oct-22-2011, 02:23 PM
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In flight over Africa:

Old Oct-22-2011, 10:58 PM
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In flight over Africa:
Pretty cool, thanks for the entry!
I wish you stopped the lens down to get the lowest shutterspeed possible and hence get the rotor blur...
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Old Oct-24-2011, 02:40 PM
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Thanks, looking back that would have been much better, but I took this after having a slow shutter fiasco. I was shooting in shutter priority with a 1/125 a sec shutter to get a nice blur on the rotors. But we unexpectedly came across a desert oasis. And what did we find there? Ostriches, baboons, antilope, some huge flying birds, and so on. I even saw a cheetah chasing down dinner. Words can not fully explain the awesome. Just one itty-bitty issue... I never took my camera off of shutter priority. So I flying along at about 100 mph, with a slow shutter speed on a helo that has about 13,000 horse power shaking it. So I took a few hundred photos of the animals doing there thing. 3 kinda came out. I didn't even notice it until after we had left the oasis. I was pretty torqued. So I was bound and determined to get some clear shots. Hence the very high shutter speeds for this photo. I'm going to have to give another go when I have a chance.
Old Oct-24-2011, 04:47 PM
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Thanks, looking back that would have been much better, but I took this after having a slow shutter fiasco. I was shooting in shutter priority with a 1/125 a sec shutter to get a nice blur on the rotors. But we unexpectedly came across a desert oasis. And what did we find there? Ostriches, baboons, antilope, some huge flying birds, and so on. I even saw a cheetah chasing down dinner. Words can not fully explain the awesome. Just one itty-bitty issue... I never took my camera off of shutter priority. So I flying along at about 100 mph, with a slow shutter speed on a helo that has about 13,000 horse power shaking it. So I took a few hundred photos of the animals doing there thing. 3 kinda came out. I didn't even notice it until after we had left the oasis. I was pretty torqued. So I was bound and determined to get some clear shots. Hence the very high shutter speeds for this photo. I'm going to have to give another go when I have a chance.
Ouch, that must have hurt :-( yeah, shooting fast moving animal from a fast moving vehicle requires all your camera speed bits... That's why I love and use user settings when I go on a serious shoot where, I know, I'll be under pressure.
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Old Mar-12-2012, 07:44 PM
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This was taken along I-20 in SE Arizona.

Old Mar-12-2012, 08:06 PM
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This was taken along I-20 in SE Arizona.
Please allow me to repeat: "take your subject for a walk around a sunset and take her/his silhouette. Your subject should be a prominent part of the frame, not a spec in a corner."
Sorry, no go.
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Old Jun-03-2012, 11:59 PM
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Old Jun-05-2012, 08:50 AM
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I understand the excitment about the eclipse, but this assignment is about the subject, not about the light source.
Please allow me to repeat: "take your subject for a walk around a sunset and take her/his silhouette. Your subject should be a prominent part of the frame, not a spec in a corner."
Human, preferably.
Sorry, no go.
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Old Jun-05-2012, 09:22 PM
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Sorry :p
Old Nov-07-2012, 03:31 PM
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I tried taking a silhouette on an overcast morning. I am still learning how to take my camera off of the auto setting... actually all I did in this one was to put it on manual, but I didn't actually manually adjust anything (still have no idea what P and those other letters mean). I have the canon tutorial which is interesting and useful, just using these weekly assignments as a motivation to put them to use. I find that I read the tutorial but fail to put them to use... I think because I read to much and forget it all. I want to pick one thing and focus on it.

Why is sunset better than any other time of the day?
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Old Nov-12-2012, 03:49 PM
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opps...just found the sticky with the rules. My 2 post above weren't fresh. they were archive. Sorry. still getting familiar with this forum. just joined.
Old Nov-20-2012, 02:44 PM
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opps...just found the sticky with the rules. My 2 post above weren't fresh. they were archive. Sorry. still getting familiar with this forum. just joined.
That's OK! take a couple of fresh ones and post!
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