Time for another installment of “Through their eyes.” This time The Hideout Ranch through their eyes. The following images are from those who attended this tour. I think you’ll agree, there is some amazing work here! Remember to click the link on their name to see more of their work on their website.
I can’t wait to do this tour again in January of 2018! If you are interested, let me know via email, and I’ll add you to the growing list.
Robin Harrison – Lots and Lots of favorites, but I picked this one because it was a little bit different (for me at least). I liked this image because it represents the toughness and grit of the people of the west who work the cattle, sheep and other livestock.
Paul Lebby – It feels good to break the rules and this picture demonstrates how it can pay off. Over 40 years ago I was told, more than once, “Don’t take photographs looking directly into the sun, keep the sun to your back.” Well, this picture was taken with the camera facing into the setting sun, with the cowboy placed in front of the bright sun for effect. Exposure was difficult, the bright light bled and distorted the image around the cowboy, and there was little data in the brightest areas (not blown out but close). But, what a great effect it created, and I love the mood of the moment that was captured in the picture. The cold air with the moisture from the horse’s nostrils, the setting sun, and the meeting of two cowboys on horseback. I wonder what they were thinking about or contemplating during their brief encounter, the respect they shared for the brotherhood of horsemen, the contentment that comes from a day well lived, and the satisfaction that they get to repeat it tomorrow.
Pamela Steege – This is a shot that I composed with a Panorama and a cowgirl in mind. This is so unusual because it is of a cowgirl in a beautiful serape driving the herd, it is very rare to find a herd shot where the cattle are lined up in a row. They usually are bunched up. I love the softness of the Southwest colors, it has a very feminine feel to it.
Lola Biuckians – This picture is one of several favorites because it seems to be alive with life and a sense of mutual confidence between horse and rider. Within that unity is a sense of joy and freedom.
Janice Hughes – I have so many favorites but I’m going to stick with this one. One of the reasons I love it so much because of the moment in time that it captured. These beautiful horses were approaching us in such a non-threatening manner that I didn’t even think about putting my camera down. It was a special moment in time for me.
Janice Chipman – I liked the contrasts in this photo, especially between the similar colors, but completely different textures, of the horse and the rock behind it. It also speaks to me on an emotional level, symbolizing the great respect between the animals and their handlers at The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch – and how those deep bonds were demonstrated again and again.
Trish Crowell – (Trish could not make up her mind and asked me to pick one. I decided to include both!) The one with the scenery and two horses shows the fabulous scenery and just how peaceful it really was. The one with all the horses running reminds me of the sound I heard while the horses where running towards me. It sounded like thunder. So thrilling!!
An apology to the participants of this tour. I thought I had scheduled this post to be published and then forgot about it! Obviously I did not schedule it. My apologies!