Subject in a photo can make a big difference. Some make you smile, some make you think…and some make you curious. Its like you are given a hint but there is no sure answer. You see it clearly but you can’t figure out the details.  Yes, it is not good for the heart but in photography, it creates ‘silhouette’.

A sunset or sunrise alone can make a very appealing picture but I guess it will become more visually satisfying when there is another center of interest, such as a foreground that work well as a silhouette..

If you ask me how to create silhouette, well I guess technically it is always created when the contrast between highlight and shaded area is more than 6 stops different ( some book suggest lens only can read up to 6 stop in different, while our eyes can read up to 11 stop).

So how do I capture the silhouette? It is an easy work, the keyword is to meter, correctly. First, you have to meter the bright side of the scene to correct exposure.. recompose to your intended composition and there you’ll get it… a “silhouette”.

Oh.. but there is one rule about silhouette.. make it an obvious one.


- fisherman & sunset, Tanjung Aru Beach, Kota Kinabalu Sabah -


Walk Alone - Pantai Dalit, Tuaran Sabah


Somehow.. I guess good silhouette will create more imagination …and I haven’t heard of anyone getting heart attack because of imagination 🙂 …Well, have fun with your imagination my friends…  as usual kopisanangan do dongoutung (good nite) 🙂


About lano lan

A freelance photographer with 5 years experience in photography. Familiar with local culture in Malaysia and has vast experience in capturing moments in any local event particularly in Sabah. As a full time photographer, I am also familiar and able to take advantage of the local climate condition. In other words, rain or shine, there is always a chance of capturing lights in action.
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