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matthew
04-19-2009, 02:40 PM
It is most difficult to acquire the, how shall I say? the 'depth' of a subject in composition in silhouette.
- Ugo Mochi

Photographs taken against the light can create powerful and simple forms, or they can be playful and whimsical. Like everything else in photography, the only limit is your own imagination and creativity. For this assignment, please try something new and see what you can create.

Alan Baxter
04-19-2009, 03:08 PM
View from Stuart Mountain late afternoon. The "spear heads" are tropical "black boys" Xanthorrhoea johnsonii. The trees are eucalyptus species.
E3, 14-35mm @ 14mm, 1/100 sec, F10.
The end of a day exploring the smaller F stops (I went to F13). I found that the image degradation compared to the sweet spot of the lens is really quite subtle. F13 on the 14-35 is as sharp, or sharper than F5.6 on the 12-60mm, for example.

tomsi42
04-19-2009, 03:56 PM
A tree at Akershus festning (fortress) in Oslo. It's early spring, so no leaves yet.

E-420 + 70-300mm @ 100mm, 1/800s, f/14, ISO 100.

Tom

Don Kondra
04-19-2009, 08:58 PM
Not new but I like how this turned out :rolleyes:

Just happened to notice how the setting sun silhouetted my Aloe Vera plant, barely had minutes to grab the camera....

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg202/donkondra/AloaShadow3border.jpg

Cheers, Don

bilzmale
04-19-2009, 09:07 PM
Boab tree Broome WA 2006.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/102/287671213_93e25d3687_o.jpg

iSquirrel
04-20-2009, 06:31 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/Pyranha905/Photography/th_PA037216.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v609/Pyranha905/Photography/?action=view&current=PA037216.png)

Click to make big

optika
04-21-2009, 07:02 PM
Fooling around in the woods near me last week and did a few silhouette shots for the fun of it. Now this is the assignment so here is the best of about 10 shots I had.

http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=15377&stc=1&d=1240362129

6tsix
04-22-2009, 10:48 PM
Was out walking in the area taking pictures of a Waterfall. Saw how the sun beat on part of the Niagara Escarpment and snapped away.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y13/alieninvader905/silhouette.jpg

kmont
04-23-2009, 08:41 PM
Don't know if this can be called creative, because it was an accident. Bright day, shot against the light and vastly underexposed. Came out looking like it was taken in the moonlight! E-3 and 50-200 @ 200mm.

CharlesT
04-23-2009, 11:23 PM
When at the Sun 'N Fun Fly-In air show today I was standing under several palm trees. At one point, I looked up and this is what I saw. Thinking about this new assignment, I took a shot of it. I really like the way it came out since you can still see the green of the leaves and the blue in the sky.

Of course, Oly works its magic with these colors! No PP of any kind.

E3, 70-300 lens @ 74mm, ISO 100, 1/800 @ f/8

http://charlest.zenfolio.com/img/v7/p864760205-4.jpg

jMedia
04-24-2009, 12:39 AM
Scripps pier near home

MikeH
04-24-2009, 11:06 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3663/3471966819_ae6932daf6_b.jpg

Turret Arch at sunset, Arches National Park, Utah.

Maddogmd11
04-26-2009, 08:16 AM
This is an image I took last week while on vacation. The sunset was just excellent. If you ever get a chance to go to Maui don't miss it!

Jim

http://www.pbase.com/maddogmd11/image/111721569.jpg

halfwright
04-26-2009, 11:14 PM
This was on the top of Pike's Peak, taken with the E-300 and 40-150 kit.

jcsuperstar
04-27-2009, 05:34 AM
This pic was taken in Brazil with my e1 which was my 1st dslr. When I bought it I had a choice between the canon rebel and the e1 and at the time I knew nothing about cameras and photography. A coin flip determined the e1. Upon seeing this pic I felt a surge of pride and this spurred me on to delve into photography on a deeper level. And now I'm on the comeback trail after 2 years of neck hernia. Oh happy days.
Cheers, Jan

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsuperstar60/93300902/" title="how can you pass up a sunset like this by jcsuperstar60, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/23/93300902_c58d330488.jpg" width="398" height="500" alt="how can you pass up a sunset like this" /></a>

kennfd
04-28-2009, 07:57 PM
Taken at the Connecticut Fire Academy. Recruit fire fighters attacking a liquid propane fire. When I took this picture, I was practicing with the FL-36 flash and decided to try a few pictures without flash.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f390/kennfd/CFAfire.jpg

Camera Model: E-510
Resolution: 800 x 600 Flash Used: No (auto)
Focal Length: 25.0mm (pancake lens)
Exposure Time: 1/200
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO Equiv.: 400
White balance: Auto
Metering Mode: center weight
Exposure: program (auto)

cappalucci
04-28-2009, 08:16 PM
I took this shot while shooting for my friend's band. This was also his last night with the band as he is going to be doing studio work, and I thought this shot was appropriate to signify his last night playing with his band.

shrinkpictures
04-29-2009, 05:11 AM
One from this afternoon, I went around to shoot into the sun specifically for this assignment.

We had a massive storm about a week ago and the Jetty was smashed to bits by the waves. The distance to the water here is about 16 feet - so you can just imagine how big the waves were to actually take out part of the Jetty!

http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=15648&stc=1&d=1241003474

guelphguy
04-30-2009, 11:11 AM
This one really was a fluke...
I often take photos of this large church where I live to test cameras or lenses. This time I pulled the camera out and started snapping without really paying attention to what my settings were. The first couple came out severely underexposed...but, in the end, they probably looked the best of the bunch.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3470/3313625887_26f0ec4105.jpg

Thanks,
Sam

wisertime
04-30-2009, 09:48 PM
I took this Wed night. The sky was beautful and its hard to catch sunsets in NC (trees are too tall and EVERYWHERE), without being in a tall building. This was the only thing available at the time to silouhette...I did find a statue, but couldnt do it without a building in the background.

http://wisertime.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p369178709-3.jpg
http://wisertime.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p369178709-3.jpg

JackAZ
05-05-2009, 02:38 AM
Not the best quality but can't get to my photo storage at the moment so it will have to do. Mt. Jefferson, Oregon.

carisi
05-06-2009, 11:31 AM
Captured with the E-520 + 35mm zd macro....The silhouette was generated by the position of my body to capturing the photo....jpeg straight out of camera and minimal pp with Picasa....

http://carizi.smugmug.com/photos/529806134_BAhqW-L.jpg

Johannes
05-12-2009, 05:12 AM
Alfa Mito :)

http://johannes-fotografie.smugmug.com/photos/534062290_UcWvY-X2.jpg

brucelehman
05-12-2009, 05:24 AM
Was out shooting pelicans the other morning. This group seemed to line up in perfect formation. I underexposed by 1.5 stops.

Bruce Lehman

Johannes
05-12-2009, 02:27 PM
One more from my Europe trip. :)

http://johannes-fotografie.smugmug.com/photos/534592125_3eaoc-X2.jpg

rat256
05-16-2009, 10:44 AM
Taken on the e1, 14-45 lens.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3353/3408228762_838812c859_b.jpg

1/320 @ F10

just taking a walk from my house one evening...

savyhilton99
05-20-2009, 02:07 PM
I have never participated in an assignment before, I'm not even sure I am posting this correctly, but here goes. This is from a sunrise wedding I photographed last week.

Olympus E3 12-60 http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt217/savyhilton99/P51538911.jpg[/IMG]

carisi
05-27-2009, 12:01 PM
My bad...I did forget the attachment??????...must be old age...lol...here are a couple....http://carizi.smugmug.com/photos/532248874_Cqq8j-L.jpg

http://carizi.smugmug.com/photos/537850902_aCHF4-L.jpg



Captured with the E-520 + 35mm zd macro....The silhouette was generated by the position of my body to capturing the photo....jpeg straight out of camera and minimal pp with Picasa....

http://carizi.smugmug.com/photos/529806134_BAhqW-L.jpg

carisi
05-27-2009, 12:02 PM
That is a beautiful composition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I have never participated in an assignment before, I'm not even sure I am posting this correctly, but here goes. This is from a sunrise wedding I photographed last week.

Olympus E3 12-60 http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt217/savyhilton99/P51538911.jpg[/IMG]

akentphoto
10-22-2009, 10:45 AM
Don't know if this is too late or how this works but here is my addition...

http://akent.smugmug.com/photos/655928476_XGjRk-L-1.jpg

pfjong
10-25-2009, 11:40 PM
Didn't post here for a long time. Here's mine - sunrise shot. Taken last weekend when I was back at my hometown, a small fishing village somewhere on the left most tip of the Borneo Island :)

E500+40-150MKI

Petephoto1
10-26-2009, 04:41 PM
"Dam under repair" E-3 and 12-60mm Cheers Pete

JBC
10-27-2009, 03:12 PM
'Beta'

Shot in Leavenworth, WA while rock climbing during my first weekend shooting with the E-620 - shot with the 'lowly' 14-42 I believe.

barkly
10-28-2009, 03:39 AM
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g289/vh-grumpy/2009October25RANmemorialpilot.jpg

sjoseph335
10-31-2009, 09:02 AM
Marco Island Florida

E500

flipGTO
10-31-2009, 01:08 PM
I don't know why, but I like this shot a lot. Shot with an E-510 w/ kit lens.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2744/4016482976_0c4e6836e9.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2744/4016482976_0c4e6836e9.jpg)

Dibs
11-05-2009, 11:21 PM
A pic from my Lucknow trip....