Sunset Dancer





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AlanJakarta August 23, 2014
Wonderful silhouette. Congratulations on being Featured.
akhtarkhan August 23, 2014
Awesome silhouette, wonderful composition and brilliant view......stunning capture. Congrats on the feature.
catini August 23, 2014
Great composition and silhouette, congrats on your feature!
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EyeArtsbyMichael August 23, 2014
this is great everything works
fred62 PRO
fred62 August 23, 2014
You nailed it Craig ...awesome shot.
iceman2 August 23, 2014
Excellent silhouette capture with beautiful clarity.Congrats!
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vojce August 23, 2014
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sweetpea72 August 23, 2014
Perfect... Congrats!! ")
Capture-Life August 23, 2014
Stellar silhouette.. loooove it !! Big Congrats !!! :D
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WileKyK August 23, 2014
Stunning composition! Congratulations on your Feature!
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gondmagdi August 23, 2014
wonderful picture ! Love it ! congratulations !
stamatispappas August 23, 2014
Harmony packed in a great photo!
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JRosewarne September 12, 2014
Fabulous image
ashview October 09, 2014
Shulie1 November 21, 2014
Beautiful image! - Congratulations on the feature!
KatieMcKinneyPhotography December 12, 2014
Stunning shot! I would love it if you joined my photo challenge "Creative Silhouettes" you can find it on my profile under challenges then click created. I love your work! ~Katie
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Etna December 12, 2014
Nice shot
KatieMcKinneyPhotography January 10, 2015
Congrats! This great photo is one of the top contenders in the "Creative Silhouettes" photo challenge! :)
ClydebankPhotography July 11, 2015
Beautiful image Craig and congratulations on being featured
dimplestwn August 13, 2015
One of the most magnificent silhouettes I have ever seen!
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adavies March 16, 2017
Lovely image! Really well done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my FREEZE! challenge:)

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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at Pismo Beach, CA
Sunset in October, around 6:30pm
There was a large fog bank out over the ocean that I thought was going to block the sunset, luckily the sky turned golden just before the sun went behind the fog bank.
I used a Canon 5DmkII with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens
The plan was to do silhouettes against the setting sun. The model was a yoga student who's mother was her instructor. Mom was standing next to me and yelling out instructions to her daughter. I asked for poses with a lot of angles and separation between the arms and legs as I knew that would make the best silhouettes.
I used Lightroom to increase contrast and vibrance to make the yellows in the sky really pop. I also drop the black levels to add even more contrast.
In my camera bag
Canon 5DmkII, 17-40mm f/4, 24-70mm f/2.8L, 24-105mm f/4L, 70-200mm f/2.8L, shutter release, polarizing filter, ND filters, and lots of batteries and CF cards.
The key to good silhouettes is good backlighting, the sun at sunrise or sunset is best and clouds are going to add interest and drama. You want to be able to clearly identify the subject, so that means arms and legs away from the body, otherwise they look like a featureless blob. You want a recognizable shape. In post-processing don't be afraid to using the black slider to make the subject black. You want to remove any detail from the subject. If the background gets too dark then compensate by increasing the exposure until you get a nice balance of black foreground/subject, and bright background.

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