Honestly, photographing cowboys trailing cows is usually Honestly, photographing cowboys trailing cows can be extremely boring. There isn’t a lot of fast-moving action and the scenery is often unremarkable. If you position yourself in front of the action, you mess up the drive. If you set up to the side, it’s tough to get the herd and cowboys in your frame without having a lot of “dead space.” If you get behind, then you photograph a lot of behinds. While shooting at the Four Sixes Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, a couple of years ago, bringing up the rear worked out for me. As Adam Smith (left) and Riggin Johnson trailed behind, the cows, calves and bulls followed a red dirt road with an S curve. That, along with the bright green mesquite trees and dust, made this an interesting photo.


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