The photograph above is another from the spring roundup at the o6 ranch near Ft Davis, Texas. Looking at the beauty and ruggedness of the land, one can see why I always look forward to my visits to the o6 as well as the opportunity to photograph the cowboys and cowgirls.
Springtime in Texas also means that it’s time for the ranch rodeos to begin. Many of these events are hosted by the smaller communities here in Texas and draw quite a large number of spectators. These are all family friendly events which seems to be getting harder and harder to find these days. I actually much prefer to photograph at these smaller events as they are held at outdoor arenas, affording the opportunity to photograph in that beautiful late afternoon light. The people you meet are genuine and are always glad that you took the time to come and be a part of their event.
These particular images are from the Wild Horse Prairie Days ranch rodeo in Haskell, Texas located about one hour north of Abilene. The two color images were shot on my Nikon D4 with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. The two black and white images were shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro2 with the 23mm f/1.4 lens. The black and white images are jpeg files straight out of camera with not editing whatsoever using the Acros +red filter film simulation.
Things have really been busy the past month. So busy that I haven’t even had the time to sort through all of the photos from my visit to the Kokernot o6 Ranch last month. Hopefully in another week or two I will finally get the time to set down and sort through the rest of them. In the mean time here one of the images shot of the Fujifilm X-T1 with the new 100-400mm lens. The was the the second opportunity that I had to photograph working cowboys with the Fuji cameras. And yes I also show with the new X-Pro2 as well. Stay tuned as I will be posting more photos shot with both the Fujis and well as my usual Nikon gear.
Wow, things have really been busy. It’s been so busy that I haven’t had time to post any photos in a while. The West Texas Photographic Society annual exhibit opens next week so I’ve been busy in making preparations. I did manage to make it back to the o6 Ranch this year for the spring roundup. It has been a couple of years as I have had scheduling conflicts. I did finally get all of the photos downloaded but have not had time to really sit down and review them.
In the mean time here is a quick edit of one of the photographs above. I love photographing during the sweet light of the early morning. The photograph shows the cowboys and cowgirls heading out to begin rounding up the cattle. Stay tuned. Hopefully I will find the time to post more images.
A lone cowboy leads his horse to water after a hard days work in the Sunlight Valley of Wyoming. The days are long and the work is hard for the working cowboy. But talk to any working cowboy or cowgirl and they will tell you they can’t imagine doing anything else. Whenever I see a scene such as this, I think I understand why.
The temperatures were falling and sky was getting darker as the distant rain appeared to be getting closer and closer as each minute passed. Of course I much prefer photographing with a stormy sky as a backdrop rather than a clear blue sky. I’m more than happy to put up with a few minor weather related inconveniences as you will usually make better and more memorable photographs when the weather is bad. Of course it also helps when your working with a group of awesome cowboys and cowgirls who take a considerable amount of pride in the work they do and truly exemplify the spirit of the American West.
The photograph above is another from my trip last fall back to Wyoming. Normally traveling to Wyoming in the fall is always enjoyable as the temperatures here in Texas are still quite warm. However on this particular trip the temperatures were still in the middle 80’s in Wyoming. This particular morning was the first cool morning during my trip. One could definitely feel that fall was in the air. The cowboys were busy rounding up the ranch horses to drive them to another part of the ranch. The sky looked a lot more ominous than it was as it looked like it could start raining at any moment. I love photographing with stormy looking clouds as it adds a bit more emotion to a photograph and I’ve never been one to complain when photographing working cowboys in the rain as it means it’s time to pull out the bright yellow slickers which always adds a nice touch of bright colors and contrast to the photograph. As it turned out ta few sprinkles fell throughout the morning but they did eventually pull out those brightly colored rain slickers.
I’ve been on the road quite a bit since the first of the year so I’ve had very little time to finish updating my website, much less post a photo. Things should start showing down a bit as far as the road travel goes. It’s been a while since I have had a chance to pickup a camera so hopefully I don’t forget what all of the buttons and knobs do.
I the mean time the photo above is a part of the herd of the infamous McCullough Peaks wild horses as the day was coming to the end. As they gracefully made their was across the sage brush prairie, the back lit dust provides more mood and emotion to the image. One of my favorite times of day to photograph. If there is dust in the air you can bet that I am usually photographing back into the sun.
In keeping with the theme from my previous post this is another photograph of one of the reenactors for the Christmas at Fort Concho in San Angelo, Texas. The gentleman in the photograph was awesome as he spoke to various groups of visitors about the history of the buffalo soldiers and how they got their name, given to them by the Plains Indians. He definitely has to the gift of teaching as he captivated the attention of not only the young but also us older folks as well. I think everybody came away more knowledgeable and a deeper respect for the role and service provided by the regiments of these African Americans during in the post-Civil War army in the American West.