"Good morning San Francisco" by (c) Deborah Sandidge Sunrise or sunset can offer the photographer exquisite light conditions to create photographs with mystery and drama. A scene that we experience every day becomes somehow magical.
In San Francisco's financial district one day, I was concentrating on photographing the light warming up buildings, and turned around to see an equally beautiful scene behind me. The solitary figure enriches the photo, and makes me wish I was watching the sunrise too. The image wouldn't have quite the same impact without the human element.
Silhouette photography can be done with most any type of camera, no special equipment needed other than a tripod. My tip for you is to be there at the right time, at the right place, and look to see what else is happening around you. Scout out locations ahead of time, find the most dynamic composition and several alternatives as well.
Use an app that will help you define sunrise, sunset and twilight. If you are traveling, research locations online to find your best subjects. Just about everything looks wonderful bathed in golden light - trees, landscapes, cityscapes, people. Try it and see ... and make great pictures...
Editor's Note: Deborah Sandidge teaches two digital photography online courses - Photoshop - Enhancing Digital Images and Creating Works of Art and Digital Infrared Photography - at BetterPhoto's online photography school and photography certification program.