This week’s WP Photo Challenge is Silhouette.
A few months ago I did a post on Silhouettes (here), but after I posted that, I tried to create a few new silhouettes. This is the best from that second bunch of shots:
I like how the view outside the window is green and alive and fresh. There are even raindrops on the windowpane. This view is juxtaposed with the inside view in the foreground: a dying bouquet of flowers, some of the petals having fallen on the backlit table. It isn’t just the difference between the light and the dark sections of the photo; it is the difference between what is living and what is dying.
Shooting silhouettes is more difficult than I realized before I tried this setup. Under-exposing one part of the photograph is an easy mistake, but intentionally exposing — or under-exposing — a portion so that its shape is defined by what you expose correctly is not a simple accidental occurrence. I think that technically this photograph leaves lots of room for improvement, but I like the idea I had for the composition. Maybe next time when it is light outside after a summer evening rainstorm and I have a wilting bunch of flowers in a vase on the table. . . .