A Patch of Sunset

Silhouettes and Sunsets

Silhouettes allow us to fill in the blanks and play tricks with our senses.
Whether we’re creating gambolling bunnies around a campfire for the amusement of children, or describing the starkly etched silhouette of a great building against the sky, they are a romantic device beloved of us all.  Here’s a little gallery of silhouettes against Sri Lankan skies (click the first image to activate the gallery slideshow).

Go to Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette – for other entries.

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168 thoughts on “Silhouettes and Sunsets

    • You can say that again Marianne!

      On the other hand, it’s very beautiful on the Sunshine Coast and I have barely any photos of it because I was playing nurse pretty well full-time! I’m hoping that setting about photographing my new home will intensity the sense of adventure and discovery, somewhat diminishing my nostalgia for Sri Lanka!

  1. For once, even I have joined in with this one! Vivid sunsets really do enhance a lovely silhouette do the not? I’ve got some more to post up, so unlike you, I’m doing them one day at a time. I like the last one best, btw.

    • Exotic paradise doesn’t always have the most splendid sunsets, Keira – not like Perth, or central Australia, but I’ve noticed, from my balcony, I get some beautiful sections high above the horizon – which is often clouded out by humidity. Then too, during stormy times … Like you, any excuse to get out the camera at dusk, or dawn :)

      • I use the framing of trees and the restrictions of house roofs and telephone poles to enahnce what can be an otherwise bland sunset. This evening’s won’t be much – no cloud at all. Tomorrow though? So, yes, I use tricks to get my shots too :-)

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  3. Your silhouettes are so romantic. A very long time ago I went through a “painting” silhouettes phase. If I had seen some of these I may have been inspired to continue to paint.

  4. Your eyes capture beautiful things and your words explain them wonderfully. I love to hear what a photographer was thinking when something was captured. Good stuff. I’m new to your blog and will look forward to your future posts! xo

    • It’s one of my favourite Unawatuna sunsets so far Allan – glad you liked it, and that the little post met the challenge. It seems a bit of a sham for something like this to get a nod, but hey, what the heck, it’s great to be Freshly Pressed – thanks :)

    • I just might need to store them Patti – I’m moving to the East coast of Australia, so there’ll be no more beachside sunsets unless I venture across the desert – but then they have the best sunsets there … :)

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    • Palm trees and beaches, perhaps, but there’re sunsets everywhere NQD! Hone in on them in a different way and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation even if you’re only on your way home from work :)

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  7. Great collection! Love silhouettes and sunsets…hope the ones I took last night are half as good as what you put up here! Thanks for the reminder to get them out there!

  8. The photo of the Galle sunset is absolutely stunning! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. I think every one of your posts deserve to be :-)

    • That makes me feel much better, Madhu!

      I’m glad you chose the bicycles at Galle shot – it’s a real slice of life type of shot, not all technicolour sunset, which, lets face it, you can get anywhere :)

      Thanks for spending all that time catching up! It’s good to have you back.

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