There was a song long, long ago titled Silhouettes on the Shade. Herman’s Hermits recorded the song in 1965, but although the Rays debuted the song in 1957, it was the version by the Hermits that I was most familiar with. While it sounds rather ominous, it was actually a humorous song and went like this:
Took a walk and passed your house late last night
All the shades were pulled and drawn way down tight
From within, the dim light cast two silhouettes on the shade
Oh what a lovely couple they made
Put his arms around your waist, held you tight
Kisses I could almost taste in the night
Wondered why I’m not the guy who’s silhouette’s on the shade
I couldn’t hide the tears in my eyes
Lost control and rang your bell, I was sore
Let me in or else I’ll beat down your door
When two strangers who have been two silhouettes on the shade
Said to my shock “you’re on the wrong block”
Rushed out to your house with wings on my feet
Loved you like I’d never loved you my sweet
Vowed that you and I would be two silhouettes on the shade
All of our days, two silhouettes on the shade
There is a rather intriguing aspect of photography that I’m just beginning to explore: shooting of silhouettes. I’ll share several with you throughout the coming 10 days or so as I got a chance to experiment with them during sundowns this past week. Today’s was a tree I shot on a bluff overlooking Laguna Nigel in southern California on the coast just after the sun had gone down. One trick that I learned is that you want to meter the exposure off the brightly lit area to make the rest of the image (the part you want in silhouette) to be darker. Once I figured that out, it became much more successful. I hope you enjoy the silhouettes. They tell some interesting stories.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Sheriff Pat Garrett shot Henry McCarty, popularly known as Billy the Kid, to death in 1881 at the Maxwell Ranch in New Mexico. Garrett, who had been tracking the Kid for three months after the gunslinger had escaped from prison only days before his scheduled execution, got a tip that Billy was holed up with friends. While Billy was gone, Garrett waited in the dark in his bedroom. When Billy entered, Garrett shot him to death.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the banana cannot reproduce itself…it requires human intervention.