New Image – Silos and Storm Clouds

Silos Idaho Falls 819x1024 New Image – Silos and Storm Clouds

Silos and Storm Clouds by Edward Mendes

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One of the most beneficial aspects of having a formal education in photography, or any art, is the opportunity you have to be introduced to, and as a result, influenced by the work of others in the field, especially historical work.  Seldom I’ve found do those self taught in any avocation take the time to divert their attention away from the act of doing long enough to properly focus on the works of those that have come before them, drawing instead on the works of their peers as a muse.  There’s something to be said for being familiar with the evolution of any art.

I remember sitting in class and seeing the work of Charles Sheeler and the images he made of the Ford production plant for the first time.  I was drawn to the images, by the way the sun light seemed to make the metal buildings glow.  Sheeler was able to turn something as mundane as a factory into a piece of art. Charles Sheeler’s work along with John Sexton’s Places of Power portfolio continue to affect the way I see the world and helped me recognize this composition when I saw it.

I was driving along Idaho’s highway 26 just outside Idaho Falls when I noticed the wonderful cloud formations that were filling the sky.  I had made this drive a few times in the past and had always wanted to photograph the silos scattered throughout the farmland between Idaho Falls and Jackson, Wyoming but never seem to be there with anything but boring clear skies.   I knew today was my chance to finally create a few of the images I had been visualizing for years.  This tight grouping of silos is one of my favorite in the area, the vertical composition allowed me to include as much of the interesting textures in the sky as possible and I used the silos as a foreground subject and allowed them to anchor the images a bit.  After finding my composition I simply waited for the clouds to open just enough to put a little glow on the silos and their surround area.  It’s taken me seven years for the conditions I visualized upon my first visit to the area finally present themselves but and after seeing the finished print, I think it was well worth the wait.  I hope you enjoy Silo and Storm Clouds as well.

Silo and Storm Clouds is available in sizes from 8×10 to 40×60 and would make the perfect compliment to any home or office decor.  Purchasing information can be found here. Art consultant or Designer?  Please contact me for a quote based on your project’s needs, 209-541-1815 or

Image Information

Nikon D7000
Nikon 18-200mm VRII lens
Cokin 2-Stop Graduated ND Filter
Tonal Work in Photoshop CS5
Black and White conversion in Nik Silver Efex Pro2


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3 Comments on New Image – Silos and Storm Clouds

  1. Scott says:

    Sorry, those aren’t silos. Those are grain bins. Silos are much taller.

    • Edward Mendes says:

      Hi Scott, Thanks a lot for checking out the image and for your comment. Actually their bin silos, silos are any container that holds dry goods such as grain. The bin does refer to their shape, typically short and wide. Tower silos are the taller ones. Thanks again for your thoughts.

  2. Scott says:

    Didn’t mean to nit-pick. It’s just that I spent a good portion of my life on a farm and building bins and silos. Now I shoot sports and architecture. It is a nice image. Works very well as a monochrome.

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