A cormorant perches on the end of a pier in the Galapagos Islands. Originally captured on colour negative film and later scanned into the computer for digital processing, I decided to go for a toned monochrome presentation. With the scene being heavily backlit, the image was always going to be a silhouette. It’s often been said that for a silhouette to be effective, the subject needs to have a clear, distinctive shape. In this case, the unmistakable shape of the cormorant is ideal for a silhouette image.