June 3, 2010

Scottish Sheep

Photograph by Marc Lanciaux, My Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel

Sheepherding in Scotland has a long history, not all of it pleasant. Many of the pastures in the Western Highlands—where these sheep peer through a fence—were created during the "clearances" of the late 1800s, when wealthy landowners seeking greater profits brutally evicted their tenants and converted their subsistence farmland to pasture.

Photo Tip: Photograph animals where they live. A favorite composition of photographer Michael Melford’s is an environmental shot showing the animal surrounded by its habitat—rather than the usual tight shot taken with a long lens.

Get more photo tips »

See more photos of Scotland »

Buy the Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography »


Special Offers

  • xxxx_NGM_Pluto.jpg

    National Geographic

    Subscribe to National Geographic magazine and save. Print and digital editions available for as little as $12.