Back in May, I discovered the magic of silhouettes while returning on multiple occasions to a spot at the Lab of Ornithology where I could watch great blue herons changing nest duties. I learned that all I needed to do was to shoot towards a light source with the subject blocking out the light. Not surprisingly, sunrise and sunset – times when the sun is low in the sky – are both good silhouette light (backlight) candidates.
One advantage of these shorter days is that I’m able to be out for both sunrise and sunset without losing too much sleep (sunrise is still a bit early for me)… translating into more silhouette goodness. It will be interesting to find out whether this is just a spring and fall thing, or whether I need to appreciate these opportunities while they’re here.