Silhouette : How I Got the Shot

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I love coming up with excuses to take photos of my son Alec and his beautiful girlfriend Cindy. They started dating when he was 13 years old. For the past five years I’ve photographed their anniversaries, birthdays, holidays and of course Valentine’s Day. One Valentine’s Day we planned a picnic on the beach at our favorite spot. Someone buried a trunk of a Palm tree deep in the sand so it would stand up. It was beautiful. As the sun started to set, I had an idea for a Silhouette that represented Valentine’s Day. This is how I got the shot.

Quick settings overview

  • Nikon D700
  • Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens
  • Shot at
    • f/22
    • 1/400 sec shutter speed
    • ISO 200
    • aperture priority
    • -2/3 EV (exposure compensation)

The sun started to set behind the Palm tree. I quickly exposed for the background before I asked Alec and Cindy to take their…

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