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silhouettes at sunset

December 20th | older posts



last week when chrissie and i were in santa barbara we hit the beach at sunset to capture some silhouette photos.  i’ve been wanting to try it for a while–but it was way easier than i expected.




the sunset was crazy amazing and the tide was very low–so the setting was unusually dramatic.




i brought my tripod and remote so we could both be in the pics.  the sun had just set–so we had about 10 minutes of twilight before dark.




this last one cracks me up.  by this point we were having way too much fun.  i can’t wait to take the boys out and try more silhouettes at sunset.

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28 Responses

  1. kathy cox says:

    THOSE ARE AWESOME!! Love the feeling of life and energy…I’m officially inspired!

  2. Stacy says:

    sigh… such a pretty sight, as I sit here snowed in under 16′ of snow in Jersey.

  3. beth says:

    too fun….I hope to do some myself like this in a week or so……

  4. ~Issy says:

    Wow…these photos are stunning! I’m not near a beach, but these photos make me think that i am! :)

  5. I have the same camera you have, please tell me what remote you have!

  6. Joanie says:


  7. lisa leonard says:

    paige, i bought the cheapest remote i could find. it was about $20, and it says ‘nikon’. it’s battery operated. hope this helps!! xo

  8. Jennifer Fast says:

    Beautiful pictures! Glad you could spend some time with your sister!!

  9. Jenn says:

    I love them, especially the first one. Very special.

  10. Maureen says:

    oh my gosh….sooooo beautiful!!! love the first one too!

  11. Shaun says:

    I miss your sister’s blog!!

  12. Caroline says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I love the heart silhouette – what a lovely idea!

  13. Michelle says:

    LOVE THEM!!!! especially the first!…resonates with all of us who have sisters :) Merry Christmas to you & yours!

  14. tiffany says:

    So pretty! What a fun idea. Have a good day.


  15. Corinne says:

    Those are fantastic, especially the first one.
    Happy Monday!

  16. Kerry Young says:

    These are so very awesome! I’m hoping for a new camera from Santa 😉 and I’ll have to try this for sure. I find so much inspiration here Lisa, thank you!

  17. Kim says:

    Beautiful pictures! I learned this last year: Winter Solstice is one of the 2 times of year for the most extreme low tides. The other is Summer Solstice. During the winter they happen at night and during the summer they happen during the day. As I recall, There are about 3 days when the tides are at their lowest. So check your tide tables for more fun! :)

  18. denise says:

    adorable. i LOVE how you LOVE your sister. i can’t wait to see that in my grown up girls (15 years from now). i see glimpses of it now, they have such a sweet friendship, value, and love for each other already!
    your mom must be so blessed by your relationships with each other.

    and EMILIE LOVES HER NECKLACE! (yesterday was our family christmas)

  19. Stacey says:

    Those are so stinking neat……just wondering what you did special to get this because I may be getting a new camera for Christmas and maybe I’ll be so lucky to be able to do this too!

  20. lisa says:

    Denise–so glad Emilie loves her necklace. Sisters rock!

    Stacey, I set the iso to 1600 and set ‘no flash’. otherwise, everything was auto. hugs!

  21. Laura KW says:

    Love those! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Cristi says:

    Oh that looks fun. I am trying that next beach trip!

  23. I love that heart!! I wish I had a beach nearby to practice those kind of shots. Check out the photo challenge we have going on over at I Heart Faces the first week of January. Winner gets a new Tamron lens!

  24. Love the one with the heart! WOW! :)

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  26. Tara says:

    I think the bird is thinking “Peep peep cheep [birdseed] peep peep” :)

    Beautiful piece!

  27. leonnybg says:

    Good pics. I like it. Thank you for them.

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