Project 52: Silhouette

I Love Silhouettes!

I was so excited when I saw the theme for this week! I love silhouettes!

It’s a neat coincidence that the subject of silhouettes came up.Ā  We are headed to Disney World with my daughter’s show choir in a few weeks, and it is a tradition that we get a hand-cut paper silhouette cut while there.

Pine Belt Problems

For this week, I would have loved to make a sunset silhouette like many others you will likely see in the blog circle. You know, where the photo was taken at or near sunset and you only see the subject in silhouette. Those are so pretty!

But when you live in an area called the Pine Belt, you are constantly surrounded by trees. I don’t know of anywhere other than the middle of a highway where I could see the western horizon. Hattiesburg simply isn’t a good place to watch a sunset.

Plan B

So I then had to go to my backup plan.

A few years ago, I made a family portrait:


This was my inspiration for this week’s photo. I wanted to do something similar, but make it more like one of those paper silhouettes.

I placed each of my dogs in front of the light source to make sure they were in silhouette, and took their photos.

Then, I combined them into one image in photoshop.



To provide some separation between each dog’s silhouette so you could see one from another, I duplicated each silhouette and inverted the colors (so it would be white). I then “nudged” the inverted silhouettes a little to the left of the actual silhouette. This provided the white lines between the silhouettes


Ok, I’ve been doing this all year. You know the drill.

Next in the blog circle, we have Nancey Kieffer Photography serving Central New York, the Adirondacks and beyond. Maybe she was able to get one of those sunset silhouettes that I couldn’t.


14 thoughts on “Project 52: Silhouette”

      1. Yes, I am in NC and my attempt this week was a total bust. Oh well… my model, my assistant and I still had fun. šŸ™‚

  1. Kelly Middlebrooks

    I know how you feel about location and sunsets. Mine was taken on a high school football practice field. Sometimes we just have to get creative. šŸ˜‰

    1. I actually thought about using a similar location, but it was in a shallow depression, so the terrain went upward right outside the field.

      The best place around here would be a five-story parking garage on a college campus. There are still trees in the distance, but you see over them for the most part. I just wouldn’t have been able to get the dogs up over the wall of the parking garage.

    1. Oregon! I’d love to take a trip to the Oregon coastline. That’s some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen in photos!

      Thanks for the kind words on the family photo. I had seen the ide several years before. As I mentioned, I’ve had some critique that it would look better with the faces looking to the left, but you live and learn.

  2. Wow! What a great idea! Iā€™m going to give it a go with inverting them and nudging! Thanks????. Love the family photo too….enjoy Disney World!

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