Lately, my eye has been drawn to the lines created by silhouetting an object with the sun, stripping away everything but the outline.
Of course, it's never quite that simple - the silhouettes that I enjoy producing the most STILL have a little information in the shadows, but your eye is forced to look for it. The image can be enjoyed for it's simplicity, or it's hidden textures, whatever strikes my fancy at the time, but I am always looking to create layers in my images.
This fascination really took hold of me in Rome a few weeks ago, and it's grip has only tightened. I was forced into it by brilliant, smoldering sunlight as we toured that ancient city, and I was fighting it at every turn. I'd shoot an image, and realize the that sky was overexposed to pure white; not the Mediterranean blue that surrounded us. If I exposed for the blue of the sky, the building that I was admiring was underexposed to black. So, in a fit of desperation, I tried to compromise - I'd try to capture the blue, and as much of the foreground detail as I could. After about an hour, I fell into a 'Eureka!' moment: I was in love with what I was shooting. It was a unique way to capture a city that had been photographed millions of times, and if I concentrated on my exposures, I could still provide ample detail of the landmark structures that I'd loved since I was a boy. If you have the time, please look a little deeper than you might normally - I hope that you discover the layers that each image is build upon.
The issue that I find myself running up against now, is my fascination is threatening to overtake my camera on a permanent basis. I was shooting a wedding yesterday, and I found myself wondering if the bride would like to see her ceremony as a series of backlit silhouettes??!? Fortunately, I came to my senses...