This week’s #PetPhotographyChallenge was a technical one. Silhouettes eliminate facial expressions and details, relying on the stance of the pet to tell the story. Ideally, you would have your pet slightly above you against a beautiful sunset or sunrise; time of day is important. We, however, have barely had any sun here lately, never mind pretty sunsets, so we had to make do with what we had. A dark animal makes it easier so Samantha was my best subject.
The shot should be underexposed, with a fast shutter speed and small aperture. If you have a fancy camera, like I do, then you can also take the easy way out and use your “silhouette” effects setting, which is exactly what I did (that’s why I paid all the money, right?)!
Getting Samantha to stay still for long was probably my biggest challenge! I liked this shot since you can see the outline of her nose and face, as well as the detail of her beautiful long fur.
Have you ever tried this photo effect with your pet?