Here's the before picture, straight out of camera, without editing. As you can see this is not exactly a silhouette even though that was my intention with this shot. Yes, I try to get things right in camera as much as possible but sometimes it just happens - no big deal. The exposure is fairly close to what I want and that's an easy fix.
camera: 5D Mark II
lens: 24-70 2.8 L
settings: f/7.1, 1/200, 24mm, 800 iso
And here is the edited silhouette!!
actions used -
Totally Rad Actions (from Daily Grind set) - "lights out" used twice
Kubota Artistic Actions (Vol. 2 set) - "Hawaiian punch" used once
+ actions adjusted to taste using layer masks