Picture Perfect Namibia: Embracing the Silhouette

In photography, professionals will always tell you to “look for the light,” but sometimes it’s more fun to focus on the dark, to embrace the beauty of a silhouette.

A good silhouette adds drama, mood and depth to an image. It serves up a fresh narrative and gives another reason for a viewer’s eye to linger.  There are many types of silhouettes and there are no hard and fast rules in how they should look. It’s whatever fulfills your creative vision or helps you to tell your story.

Here are a few of my favorite silhouettes I took in Namibia while exploring the world around three different Wilderness Safari Camps (Desert Rhino, Hoanib Skeleton Coast and Serra Cafema) where I was an invited guest.

The Kunene river mountains near Serra Cafema camp in Namibia

Palm trees and a hint of the Kunene River with Angola on the left and Namibia on the right ~Serra Cafema Camp

Sunset near Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia

An ana tree sunset ~ Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Mountains near Serra Cafema in graphic Silhouette in Namibia

A graphic mountain sunrise ~ Serra Cafema

Springbok high on a hill near Desert Rhino Camp in Namibia

A large male springbok looks back at our vehicle moments before disappearing over the crest of a hill ~ Desert Rhino Camp

A tree drenched in a sandy haze after a sandstorm near Hoanib Skeleton Coast camp in Namibia

The haze from a recent sandstorm gives this silhouette a moody feel ~Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

giraffe eats leaves under a tree near Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia

A giraffe enjoys a picnic under a tree ~ Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Sunset near Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia

A sherbet sunset ~ Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Whispy clouds that look like rain at sunrise near Desert Rhino Camp in Namibia

Morning mist dangles in the air ~ Desert Rhino Camp

View from my deck at Serra Cafema in Namibia

The view to Angola from my private deck ~ Serra Cafema Camp

Tiny bird in Silhouette at Serra Cafema in Namibia

A tiny bird rests on some rocks ~ Serra Cafema Camp

Himba children play in their village near Serra Cafema in Namibia

Two Himba toddlers bursting with energy play near a hut in their village. ~ Serra Cafema Camp


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Categories: Africa, Namibia, Photography

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  1. these are fantastic as well, Susan! Can’t even pick my favorite. One can almost feel the sand storm haze in the air, and I love the animals you’ve captured enjoying the shade.

  2. More, much more than “light” or “silhouette” I can´t help mention” the construction of the decisive instante in shooting the camera” (Catala-Roca, Cartier Bresson). And this is great in your P.P.Namibia!!

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