I read various tips on how to create a silhoutte photo. The most popular one being to set your subject up in front of direct light (ideally, sun) and expose for the brightest part of the photo. I found this technique to be a challenge while taking photos at the zoo over the weekend. It was a bright sunny day, around the noon hour. I had my telephoto lens which made it near impossible to get the sun and my subject in the frame together (this may have worked with a wide angled lens though).
So I instead experimented with another technique – exposure compensation. I dialed down to -3 or -2, and shot at different angles. My chosen photo above is a partial silhouette. You can see some details in the rhinoceros foot and ears, but I think it adds some interest.
For comparison’s sake, here’s a version of that photo without the exposure compensation adjusted.
Perhaps it’s not the rhino’s best side that I photographed (poor guy!), but I think this is a good example of when a silhoutte can make for a more appealing photograph.