Anatomy of a photo #48: Cattle chute at sunset

In the evening time, silhouettes can make many things seem magical

Sometimes you see a sky that just begs to have its picture taken, but there are already so many images of pretty skies that you almost have to ask yourself if it’s worth it to put yet another one out there. So what do you do as you stand there with your shutter finger itching? Find a way to make the image interesting.

Silhouettes can be a great way to do this. The simple lines and bold shapes are an excellent excuse to take photographs of a beautiful sky.

Find an interesting shape or object. Position yourself or the object so that it is above the horizon and against the brightest part of the sky, and compose.

When I took this image, it was an incredible sky, just begging to be in pictures. I knew about this cattle chute, that it was nearby, and that it was on a hilltop. Being on a hilltop makes it much easier to silhouette large objects against the sky. As I was setting up my shot, I realized how nicely the trees worked into the image.

I was fairly far away, but wanted a tight composition, so instead of moving closer and using a wide lens, I kept on my telephoto, and took my shot. I hope you enjoy it.

ISO 500; 420mm; 0 EV; f/8; 1/500

About Galen Leeds Photography

Nature and wildlife photographer, exploring the world on his feet and from his kayak. Among other genres, he is one of the leading kayak photographers in Northern California. To learn more about him, visit him on his website-
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1 Response to Anatomy of a photo #48: Cattle chute at sunset

  1. Vicki says:

    Your work is inspiring!

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