Photo a Day Challenge: June 27 – Silhouette

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My kids won’t give my camera phone a chance.

hayden silhouette challenge

The moment they notice me bumbling around to find the camera app, they gently (but firmly) push down my forearm, like a dirty trick against a goalkeeper on a corner kick. “No, dad,” the kid will say. “I’ll take the picture on my phone and send it to you.

“Your phone sucks.”

It’s especially challenging to snap a quality shot of a silhouette. We played Rat-a-tat Cat on a well-place gazebo bench and waited for fireworks. I waited for the sun to set to the west and frame my perfect silhouette of one of my girls or possibly all of them.

I captured the photo above.

Marie, though, asked about the theme. “I have some silhouette shots.” She scrolled through her better-than-my-android iPhone at three beautiful shots – all of her little sister on the lake. Marie’s shot appears to the right.

And my heart’s full of love that my girls find each other worthy of capturing this way.

[Check out the photo challenge we’re taking, here.]


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  1. Hello, old friend! What a beautiful post (and photos) to come back to. I hope that you and the girls are having a fabulous summer. I’ll be poking through your posts this morning to get caught up. Thank you for the smile:)

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      MT! So glad to see you – and I’m glad you liked these photos. We’re having a blast, those girls and me.

      We have some catching up to do. Happy to see you back!

      1. We totally have some catching up to do! I think E heads to college at the end of the summer, right??

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        One day I’ll show up in your inbox, Michelle. Elise moves in at Warren Wilson in just about one month. Whew.

  2. There’s something special about a silhouette, isn’t there? Lovely captures. My favorite recent silhouette had my son flying his drone with a setting son sparkling like gold on the water behind him. I’m pretty sure it’s on my blog.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Definitely, Sue. Glad you liked the shots! Send me a link to that post on your blog? I was on the lookout for days for a good silhouette shot.

  3. TheJackB says:

    Sometimes less is more. It is kind of fun to provide an outline and ask people to use their imagination to fill in the blanks.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Right, Jack. Imagination > reality usually, anyway.

  4. ksbeth says:

    oh, that’s so beautiful to know that they do that –

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      my big wish is that they’re remain close their entire lives … finding this sort of stuff out leads me to believe they will.

  5. Kisma says:

    What an awesome way to enjoy a long day! Such a great post of things I adore to hear about!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It was damn near perfect, Tiff. So glad you liked it.

  6. stomperdad says:

    My boys (should the day come when they have cell phone cameras) will be getting pictures of each other jumping off bridges or snowboarding over ridiculously high jumps or doing stupid stunts on the trampoline. Perhaps just once they’ll capture such a silhouette as your girls do.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Question is, how many shots will they get of dad doing those things, Eric? And I bet you’ll be surprised at the non-Evel Kinevel footage they’ll come up with!

      1. stomperdad says:

        I sure hope they come up with some good ones!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        “Good” will be only one descriptor for what they’ll come up with, Eric.

      3. stomperdad says:

        Dare I ask what the other descriptors will be. Hopefully at least one “aww”. That’s all I’m asking.

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        You’ll see, brother. You’ll see.

  7. Lulu says:

    Beautiful story to go along with your pictures today! Thank you! There is something enchanting about the way silhouettes capture a person, without emphasizing specifics of the appearance. There’s something particularly beautiful in that.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it, Lulu. Great to see you. When I was a boy (and I nearly wrote this – glad I went with my girls), I used to lay in bed and hold up different Star Wars figures up to the light of my bedroom window, spinning them slowly and observing their silhouettes.

      I probably didn’t even know what the word silhouette meant!

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