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.