Be Prepared

The two photographs are from a recent trip this past summer to Wyoming.  Typically when photographing working cowboys I will have two camera bodies on me at all times.  One is typically outfitted with a telephoto zoom.  The other camera is usually equipped with  a wider zoom lens.  Between the two camera bodies and lenses I will generally have a focal range between 24mm to 400mm covered.

There are times when the actions gets a bit closer than planned.  That is where the versatility of the wide zoom comes into play.  I actually prefer the look and feel of the action photographs with the wider angle of view as it pulls the viewer more into the photograph.  It does mean that you do have to be fairly close to the action as I believe it is imperative to be as close as possible to a foreground element as the wide angle will push the background elements further away.


The opportunity doesn’t always present itself but working with horses and cattle is unpredictable which is why I make sure to be prepared so I can react to the action that presents itself.  The first opportunity I ever had to photograph working cowboys was way back in 1981.  Yes, during the days of film.  Needless to say I have learned from experience.  Having beautiful morning light in which to photograph is icing on the cake.


Taking a look at the photograph above and one can see why I love traveling to Wyoming whenever I can.  It is truly a beautiful place.  On this last trip we were fortunate to get access to a couple of private locations that literally take you breath away.

The lighting was beautiful on this particular morning along with the fall like morning temperature.  As one of the cowgirls commented, “Look around you.  I get to live in paradise”.  I told her that I couldn’t argue with that.  It was truly a memorable morning of making photographs and one that I will remember for a long time.

The Wild Horses Of McCullough Peaks


It was great to get back to Cody, Wyoming and photograph the wild horses of McCullough Peaks.  I previously had the opportunity to photograph them last September so it was great to see many of the familiar faces and that they had survived another winter.  They were definitely more active during this visit as there were several outburst of skirmishes between stallions battling for dominance during the three days that I spent photographing them.


We were fortunate in that there was a band of approximately 75 horses hanging out together so it provided for some great photo opportunities.  There were some smaller bands as well.  As I have said before the McCullough Peaks wild horse herd is one of the more beautiful herds of wild horses as there is a multitude of paints of various colors.  It is truly worth taking the time to see these beautiful and amazing creatures if you are ever near Cody, Wyoming.


Back Home From Wyoming

I just returned from another trip to one of my favorite places to visit, Wyoming.  This was my first time to visit during the summer as all of my previous visits have been during the fall.  It was great to temporarily escape the triple digit temperatures here in Texas.  I was great to see all of the old acquaintances as well make some new ones.  I made lots of photographs so it will take some time to get through all of them.  Some of the scenery from this trip was spectacular so stay tuned.  The photograph above is sunrise at the K Bar Z Ranch.

Moving The Herd

The summer heat has set in here in Texas.  It usually takes a couple of weeks for me to adapt because of my Meniere’s Disease.  This year for some reason it doesn’t seem that it wants to cooperate.  This has been going on for the past couple of months.  We have had a lot more humidity here so I am thinking that has something to do with it as we typically have very little this time of the year.  Needless to say I haven’t felt like doing much.  Realizing I haven’t posted any photograph for a while I thought I better take the time.

The photograph above is another from a couple of months ago during the spring roundup on the o6 ranch near Ft Davis, Texas.  I always prefer to try and position myself to photograph back into the sun for a particular scene such as this as it helps to illuminate the dust and add more more mood to the photograph.

The Rugged Beauty Of The o6 Ranch

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.

Ranch Rodeo Time

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.

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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.

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Busy Times

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.

Great To Be Back On The o6 Ranch


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.