The original Sunset Silhouette was the inspiration for these two shots. Below, notice the guy, far right, wearing the Panama hat. He was casting a net over the pier, but I think the fish were just too smart for that!
I’m always trying to capture that unique shot of the sunset. This method of framing the picture is one of my favorite techniques. The diffusion of light is a nice effect without having to use a filter.
I am not a professional. This is just a hobby, but I’m always looking for that perfect shot. On this day, I was taking pics at sunset, and was just about ready to pack my gear when this crowd began to gather at the railing. I took a couple of looks through the viewfinder, but the people were sort of staggered and the bright sun washed out the frame — you know, that purple streak you see when the shot is over-exposed?
But, then, the group moved in close, diffusing the sunlight and setting up this absolutely perfect silhouette. I only had a moment to capture the image before the “pose” was lost.
I might take a hundred photos to get one worth keeping, and it reminds me that to take the best shot you only need a little skill, and a lot of opportunity.