Whenever I have the opportunity to photograph working cowboys one doesn’t have an option as to the time of day to photography. Hence you aren’t always rewarded with the most beautiful lighting. After all these are working cowboys doing their job so your photographing during their work schedule. That can mean photographing during the harsh midday light when can lead to contrasty images with hard shadows. The images from such a shoot are normally good candidates to convert from color to black and white.
These photographs are from the spring roundup on the o6 Ranch, located between Alpine and Ft Davis, Texas. The late morning sun provided pretty harsh light. The clear blue sky amplified the harshness of the lighting conditions. Covering the images to black and white provides almost a high key look to the photographs. I added a very slight sepia tone just to add and little warmth to the photographs as well as provide a little aged look to the images.