13 Sep 11. After setting a record number of days of temps over 80 for September, it couldn't stand it any longer and Monday turned to overcast for most of the day with fog and finally some limited sunshine in the late afternoon, but it brought the temps back into the 60s which those of us in the PNW call normal. The trip across the sound Monday a.m. in that gloomy overcast brought back memories of a shot captured a year ago which I've dug out for today's submission. It was taken on a similar gloomy morning but with a momentary breakout of the sun, causing a passing freighter to be nicely silhouetted. Of course the topic for today is obviously that of creating silhouettes, an easy way to show your subject without having to worry much about critical lighting, noise, and to a lesser degree sharpness (silhouettes are, after all, totally black). Of course all detail is lost, but detail is often not needed; the outline conveys all the necessary information. You might compare it with your peripheral vision which doesn't give you sharp detail but causes you to bring your eye directly to the object such that you do get the necessary detail, a topic we could explore in detail later if anyone is interested. It is the sunlight that is producing both the silhouettes (pilings, birds, and ship) and the entire image for that matter, without which there would just be a very dark seascape, but it is the silhouettes that make the image interesting. Without them one would give the image a cursory look and move on, but with them the eye stops to inquire as to what is there and as such keeps it in the image. It may want to look at everything there, but it will keep coming back to those silhouettes. See if that isn't the case. ISO 250; 1/400 sec @ f /11.