Silhouettes are pretty irresistible. Graphic, powerful, design-y, all that stuff. The sun behind something or someone is a powerful silhouette maker. And then there’s the silhouette with a twist. Add a bit of flash up front and you still have graphic shape and power, but you have, in the face of the impossible odds the all powerful Oz of the sun gives you….detail! You got this bazillion foot candle source behind your subject, but sometimes, just a little bit of flash can pull your subject back from the shadows.

We’ve done a few of these over on our Instagram account and there have been some questions. Here we go.

But straight up sun is fun thing to play with. The below I shot onboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the Persian Gulf many years ago. I mean,…


This is only a snippet of a Photography Article written by Joe McNally

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