Many photographers use the technique of photographing people, objects or landscape elements against the light, to achieve an image in silhouette. The light might be natural, such as a sunset or an open doorway, a technique known as contre-jour or it might be contrived in a studio (low-key lighting). Silhouetting occurs when there is a lighting ratio of 16:1 or greater. The exposure is set for the background, usually with an aperture at 9–11 and a shutter speed around 120–200.
Bright light reflecting off of water will help you create the silhouette effect for waterborne objects and animals such as these geese.
Well lit doorways and windows are another great way to achieve a dramatic looking silhouette effect.
You don’t need direct sunlight from a setting sun. In this case a brightly lit mid-day sky is all it took to provide the necessary light to create the silhouette of a dog.
Let your imagination run wild and show us your best silhouette image of the week.