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Under the Silhouette by bkm Under the Silhouette by bkm
Ever wondered how it looks like under the silhouette in a photo? Now here's your chance to take a look.

This is a single shot photo, no stiches from other photos. The light data from the near-black pixels on the lower half of the image has been carefully extracted and restored back to "normal" light conditions. Because the lower half was virtually black, this process is really exhausting the data information from the base, hence the slight noise and banding.

You can see a lighthouse there to the left of the halo in the sun.

Note: Post processed in PS.
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yesemina Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008   Interface Designer
This caught my eye right away. Amazing colors and I love the rocks.
sweetrocker911 Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Heyy, I absolutly love your picture, and I was wondering if I had your permission to paint this for my art class project.
We have to find a photo of soemthing with silhouettes in it and this one really caught my eye, it's simply beautilful.
Let me know,
ShelleyJackman Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
Such fantastic colours! Really beautiful.
CaroleLee Featured By Owner May 30, 2005
Very nice :)
flumpie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
instafav :clap: beklager, gidder ikke kommentere noe særlig. dette var bare
helt topp :D
MissQueen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
:jawdrop: oh my god....really beautiful.
DevilsAngele Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2005
Beautiful colours, and great perspective.
sfmoe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004  Professional Photographer
amazing work ... well done doestn begin to cover it :)
nasht-01 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2004
you achieved a nice effect here...

great postwork skill display!
wojcieh Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2004
wow. :+fav:
blackrose321 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2004
This most of all stuck out on the first page of your gallery (not that the ENTIRE thing isn't insanely amazing, ^^; but this caught my interest most.) The dark sillhouettes in the background contrast with the blinding colors in the foreground perfectly. The sky is beautiful as well, streaked with just the right amount of clouds and colors. I also find it extremely interesting on how you came to manage to manipulate the pic so, it's quite honestly spectacular. Great job as always =D

disfractional Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
the rocks look very nice, but have they been slighty boosted with a contrast in PS?
bkm Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2004
Please read the text that follows the picture, and the category. The whole point of this image is to show that there is a lot of "hidden" data in the was virtually black area of the pic which actually can be restored back to "normal" with some careful post processing. So of course it has been "boosted". This type of image is near impossible to shoot without this post pro technique. And the funny thing is that I'm the one bringing the "truth" in the scene forward to the picture, not the camera itself (Which is trying to "hide" it). If you don't know what I'm saying here, take some time to read about how cameras handle lighting in different proportions and from different angles, especially digital cameras. It's something that can be used to your advantage when shooting pics, and sometimes it can be an direct annoyance (F.ex. the rather infamous scenario when you're shooting a bright sky against a darker ground (digital cameras has a big problem with this)).

Thanks for you interest :thanks:
disfractional Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2004
oh ok lol, sorry i think i'm a noob at digital pictures. I like things because things look nice lol
rikausse Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
A very photo. I like when there are a lot of colours and contrasts. The rocks are so full of details. Great composition !
kewlkat21 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2004
LOVE everything about this picture!!! the rocks are kewl, you cought the sunset just right, and your composition is great!!!!!
randomnothingnis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2004  Student Photographer
that's a very very nice shot, i love the different rusty colors on the rocks. :)
BlackArts Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2004
omg that is amazing.
melisa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2004
Actually I think the noise and banding have really added something here. The vivid colors are really enhanced... this is a truly beautiful and stunning piece.

If I may, where is this location?
bkm Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2004
In Norway, here's a map: [link]

Thanks :)
melisa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2004
Now if I can only learn the language within the next few weeks... I found a new vacation spot.


Norway must truly be a masterpiece of land, sky and water. I found many a captured beauty from that country.
bkm Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2004
Heh, learning norwegian is not a requirement for coming here ;) And I think 99% of the people you'll meet here knows english quite well, so don't worry :)
NeuralCord Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2004   Photographer
That pic = Masterpiece
DiRt-RiDeR Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2004   Photographer
awesome shot... is it real?!?!? :P
PN-Guin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2004   Photographer
WOW - pretty amazing effect you achieved! The sky and clouds were probably enough to make this a very nice image - but you took it from nice to amazing by bringing the foreground back to life. :clap:

bkm Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2004
I'm glad that you liked it. Thank you so much for taking your time to give me feedback.
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My first question when i seen this picture was : how did he do ? Flash ? Or other lighting ? Now i undersand... PHOTOSHOP the great :D The result is trully impressive, the black gradient is quite strange because it does not correspond to a normal lighting but at final it makes a great pricture :)
Very nice !!!!
scotto Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2004   Photographer
Those foreground rocks are giving me good vibes! I like this very much, great range of colours and the small amount of cloud takes the sky out of the too ordinary realm!! :+fav:
pupasoul Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very interesting shot. It looks so cool the way the darkened silhouette is in the middle of the photo with such vivid colors above and below. The colors are great have a whole rainbow of colors in this one. Great eye for detail.
d0ma Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004   Photographer
iLoveOrli Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
wow so beautiful!!!!:nod:
lostheart Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
Holy sh**!
Another fantastic one!
Do you shoot in RAW mode with your 10d? I guess so, since I see no other way of retrieving underexposed details when post-processing the image.
See, since I'm shooting slides exclusively I wonder how a similar effect can be achieved...maybe with a fill-in flash? sure did one hell of an amazing job with this shot.
bkm Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
Yes I'm shooting all my pictures in RAW now in my latest deviations. And I've also started to only edit in 16 bit mode. This means I have a considerable broader range to work with with to get a cleaner result. I presume you can also retrive the data from the underexposed image without shooting in RAW, but then I would expect slightly less precision. I'm sure you could even do this effect with scanned analog images. I'm not sure what the outcome would be with a fill-in flash, if it would have enough reach, and if the light came out natural. But it would be fun to find out. Let me know if you try.

Anyway, thank you :)
CrAzYmOnKeY Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2004
wow hey that's neat...
very nice job...i love the forground and the gradient of colours in the sky :clap:
3sunflower Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2004
Nice view :). Colors are so wonderful :aww:.
nevsurfer Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2004
What amazing colours...

chris-alex Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2004   Photographer
Very, very nice! I add it to my favourites.
s0ngbird Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2004
that looks beautiful, nice angle and nice colours
anjules Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2004  Professional Photographer
Absolutely fantastic... I was going to add it to my favourites... but then I saw those magic words 'print available' so it's going on my wishlist instead for when I get some cash. :)

Well done. :clap:
ALIENLABS Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2004   Photographer
Quite a nice shot. I it really stands out as interesting.
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willarfunk Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2004
once again, the color is so rich. interesting composition as well
bkm Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2004
It's good to see feedback telling me that my attempt at making it interesting worked. Because I spent quite a lot of time trying to balance and restore the lighting on the rocks which would otherwise not show in the image. Thanks man.
amandadurdan Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2004
very beautiful pic!!! you sure have captured a BEAUTIFUL sunset!!!!!

monkstar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2004   Photographer
wow, this is just awesome!!
very nice shot! :)
LotteS Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2004   Photographer
This is.......I´m speechless.
It´s...amazing, wonderful, beautiful. WOW!
ech0s Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2004

Ok, What part did you edit in photoshop? If you haven't, the colors are just amazingly bright, wich make this a masterpiece to me.

A :+fav:...
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Canon EOS 10D
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1/1500 second
Focal Length
17 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 19, 2004, 9:57:42 PM