Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Catching Up

When I got home from my Colorado trip earlier this month I promptly came down with a great case of flu and that really knocked me off schedule. I was hoping to keep everyone updated on the drive and other happenings but besides being sick things just got too busy and that didn't happen. I am grateful that I got home before I got sick and was able to just suffer through it and get better here instead of on the road! I still have a bit of a cough but am better now and have been diligently going through all the photos from the workshop and drive. I hope to have the galleries up in the next few days, and will share some favorite photos here as well. In the meantime I thought you would all enjoy seeing some photos of my photographer friends so you can see what a fun time it is to be able to photograph this event!
Even though the trip to Colorado is always such a great adventure and such an awesome part of the world I don't think there is any place as beautiful this time of year as my very own corner of the world, the lovely western Catskills. Everything is green and blooming, the grass is growing and the horses are getting fat and shiney on all the lush pasture. We have been preparing gardens and planting vegetables and flowers and enjoying the view from our deck. The baby goats and new baby calf are all growing and lots of the local farmers are well into their first cutting of hay. I head down to my first horse show of the year this weekend, the NCE Pennsylvania Arabian Horse Show in Hughesville, Pennsylvania. This is a show I have been shooting for over 20 years now and I always enjoy attending this one.
On Monday, June 1, I start my online course, the Basics of Equine Photography. If you want to improve your equine photography then join me! You can work at your convenience and you are sure to improve your photography skills!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sombrero Ranch Workshops

We had two good days of shooting at the Sombrero Ranch in Craig, Colorado. Ed Pinkard was our head wrangler and Scott Trees and I worked with hin to set up shoots for our photographers. We shot water crossings, herd drives, roping, cowboys at the campfire and so much more. The cowboys are so accomodating and really enjoy showing off for our photographers. Luckily the weather cooperated although we did have to deal with some heavy cloud cover and raindrops at times. Today is a day off and tomorrow we will be meeting for discussions and photo reviews with our cowboy friends, then the fun of the horse drive begins!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Bull Riding in Golden, Colorado

I landed in Denver after a long day of travel yesterday, checked into the motel and despite being tempted to lay down and probably sleep till morning I went to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden to witness some live bull riding. This was the first time I saw this live and I was not disappointed. It sure takes a certain brand of cowboy willing to try this sport, and it was clear to me after seeing the night's rides that the bulls come out on top the majority of rides!

I am sharing a few photos, not the best quality due to the low light but I hope that they convey some of the excitement to you!
Today I head to Craig and hope for better weather, it is grey and cloudy and cool, and I was not able to see the mountains when I landed, somethibng I always look forward to when flying into Denver!