Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Silhouettes. Her post is filled with gorgeous shots taken one wonderful summer evening at Lincoln Center. Silhouettes are not something that I often shoot — at least not intentionally. Those unintentionally lit photos usually make it to the digital dustpan quickly.
Sometimes, however, there are a few of those unintended shots that manage to remain in my archives. I culled through several photos from my beach vacation last winter and had selected a nice collection of shots. Some of them were ones that I had eliminated for Ailsa’s last challenge, Sunsets (my entry here; others’ here).
Then, I remembered the following shots: perfect for this challenge. Not only are they silhouettes, but they also are ones that I wanted to be shot in this manner. I had been trying to get people out of the frame for a week when I realized that sometimes people in the frame can make all the difference, transforming a photograph from a landscape to an action shot. Sure there are always people on the beach who stand outside for a few minutes each evening watching the sun glide down below the horizon line — some, like me, with their cameras and tripods at the ready — but there are others who make a shoreline sundown a backdrop for more active end-of-daylight activities.
All of these shots were taken within a 2-minute period, January, 2012, Fort Myers Beach, Florida. As you can see from the buoy in the water, all walked this same short stretch of beach. It was a delightful and unseasonably warm evening, perfect for walking, running, or biking along the beach — or just watching the parade pass by.