One of my Flickr contacts – Hettie Naude from South Africa creates some wonderfully atmospheric images by capturing a minimal amount of light in her photographs. This year I was inspired enough to try my hand at some silhouette images of my own. These shots were taken at Lake Panic in the Kruger park at sunrise as the mist is rising off the lake. The light only lasts for 5-10 minutes before the sun is fully above the horizon so you need to be ready for it and also be lucky enough to have a suitable subject appear in that time-frame. I think the key is to have just enough light in the shot to recognise the elements of the image from their shape alone. Below are shots of a Pied Kingfisher and a couple of Herons with a Hippo.

Kingfisher SilhouetteLake Panic Sunrise