The Hideout – Shell Wyoming

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This year, we decided to mix things up and do a completely different tour. Our friend Betty Wiley had been to The Hideout Ranch in Wyoming and suggested it as a trip of a lifetime. Well, Betty was right, all who attended agreed that it was indeed a trip of a lifetime. The accommodations, food and especially the staff made for a first class experience. Throw in real Cowboys, Cowgirls and some horses and it adds up to amazing! One participant said it best, “It’s like they provide a portable movie set and move it to two new locations everyday!” And they changed their clothes and boots twice a day too!  So much fun!  And yes, we will do this one again in January of 2018.

For the Fuji fans out there, yes, I brought just Fuji gear for this trip and it worked flawlessly. These shots were taken with the Fuji X-T1 and 55-200 lens. In fact 90% of my 4,000 frames were taken with this set up. For the most part I used the floating ISO method when shooting running horses. My settings were f/5/6 or f/8 with 1/1000 of a second using Auto ISO with a limit of 3200. 

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18 Comments

  1. Brian February 4, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    Absolutely stunning photographs John – love them – especially the second one.

    I know gear doesn’t matter – vision is much more important. BUT, I keep switching between my Canon gear and Fuji gear for different purposes. Was curious to know what you used for the above photographs and the trip.

    Brian

    • JB February 4, 2016 at 10:12 am #

      Thank you Brian. I went to Wyoming with just Fuji gear. The v4 firmware for focus worked like a charm. Oh were there times when 10fps versus 5 or 6 would have helped get the feet of the horses in a better position but other than that the Fuji gear worked just fine. And a few times I held a participants Nikon D4 with 70-200 2.8 and boy I DO NOT MISS THAT!!! I was shooting the X-T1 with 55-200 90% of the time. Light!!

  2. Cindy Williams February 4, 2016 at 11:45 am #

    Outstanding

    • JB February 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

      Thanks Cindy.

  3. Rich Lewis February 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Nice to see you are horsing around with your Fuji camera. I keep thinking about the mirrorless cameras but have so much invested in Canon that it would be tough to start over again. These 2 images show that the camera didn’t let you down.

    • JB February 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

      Yup, worked just fine. Thanks Rich.

  4. Kim Stone February 4, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi John,

    These are excellent! One of my favorite times while working as a buckaroo on the ranch was to capture these amazing moments of time with the horses, the brandings, the skylines. It is absolutely amazing!

    • JB February 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

      Thanks Kim. It was an amazing experience. If you had asked me before I went if we would do this tour again, I’d have said no. I just did not understand just how much fun it would be. It was so out of my comfort zone or even interest zone for that matter. The sound and feel of the running horses was just amazing! Can’t wait to do it again.

  5. Nicki February 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    You don’t know how much I would have loved to go on this trip. Thank you for sharing this wonderful image. Hope you will share some more of them (living vicariously thru your lense). Maybe by the time you do the next one, I will be able to join.

    • JB February 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

      It was awesome Nicki.

  6. Bruce Lovelace February 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    Hey John, thanks for maintaining your passion for what you do! I’ve been inspired ever since I heard your talk that you gave at the Horizon workshop in DE. Looking forward to the next one.

    I’ve been shooting a lot more with my smaller lens bodies too and have been quite happy with the results. Keep up the posts. They keeps all of us motivated. Bruce

    • JB February 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

      Hello Bruce! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment. Hope to see you again soon.

  7. Sara Howell February 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Hello John………I so wanted to go to this photo shoot……..but could not manage this year…..so glad to hear you are going again next year….sign me up now!!! can spouses come along as well???….my sherpa Carl says he will keep the campfire going while we take photos!! lol…:)….the images are awesome! …….Sara

  8. Peggie February 6, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    The photographs are simply gorgeous! Beyond words how beautiful.

    • JB February 6, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Thank you Peggie

  9. Stephan Dietrich February 6, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    ZENandFUNtography! Your imges really depict that you were at one with and enjoying the moment! From being with great people, an amazing place, horses that are allowed to be free in wide open places… It all shows in these jump out of the screen images! WOWness JB!

  10. Steve L February 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    Beautiful shots of fantastic scenes!
    Nice, John….
    (I still use my Canon gear along with my mirrorless…for various applications one is usually “better” for me than the other. Though it’s MUCH easier to carry around the smaller gear…THAT is for sure.

  11. Brenda Tharp February 12, 2016 at 3:31 am #

    well done, John! I love horses and all things western like this. I wish I could have joined you guys, what a blast that would have been!

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