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Giraffe Silhouette

Photographing silhouettes in Africa is a very simple job! But needs a bit of anticipation and forethought. One of the greatest secrets of my silhouette photographs is that when the sky starts showing signs of a great sunset and dream colours in the making let’s say at 5:45/6:00 PM, I immediately stop shooting what ever I would be and will start finding a subject that will perhaps fit the backlighting/silhouette better. It would be great to get big cats in such dramatic light, but due to their height unless they are in an elevated spot with the sky as their background, it is seldom possible to use them as subjects.

For instance many a times we are busy shooting Cheetahs or Lions and once the sun is about to set and the light is great, we get excited and start looking for better subjects for silhouettes. Most of the times we don’t find anything within that 5-10 minutes slot and we miss the bus and end up shooting a tree like an acacia.

But I often remember bidding good bye to the big cat and looking for Elephants, Giraffe or similar subjects which stand tall against the sky and makes shooting such pictures. One of the reasons why I love Africa is the skies, sunsets and such larger than life animals.

Love Africa!

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10 Responses to “Giraffe Silhouette”

  1. Zhayynn James - Thanks for that info Jayanth. I was asking cos I´d be going to the Masai Mara in the 1st week of Nov. Will there still be enough wildlife to enjoy?
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  2. Prashant Dhanavade - Amazing sir !
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  3. Pankaj Parmar - Lajwab
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  4. Shubham Jain - desereve a fine art print
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  5. Sanjay Sandilya - Brilliant Jayanth!!!
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  6. Ramya Ravighante - Mind blowing and my fav animal , majestic
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  7. Advait Paithankar - Lovely
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  8. Zhayynn James - Beautiful!
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  9. Rohan Konar - awsm Sir :-)
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  10. Jayanth Sharma - This year I will be skipping the Great Migration, but my colleague Sachin Rai Photography is all set to bring back some images of the savanaah along with a few who are hoping for a really Great Migration Photography Tour. http://www.toehold.in/phototours/2014/masai-mara-migration-tour-august.php
    June 11, 2014 Reply