The Hideout Ranch – Wyoming
Dates: January 29 – February 4, 2021
Cost $4,595 if paying by cash. A fee will be applied if paying by credit card or PayPal.
Deposit $1,000 Non-Refundable unless we can fill your spot with a replacement.
Maximum number of participants – 12
What is included? – Essentially, EVERYTHING! Lodging, meals, alcohol, transfer to and from airport (Cody), instruction, an incredible experience, and memories of a lifetime.
What is not included? – Getting there and getting home, trip insurance (recommended) and an optional gratuity for the staff. Hotel cost before or after the workshop. We get a block of rooms at a discounted price you can reserve from.
What to expect
Majestic scenery, rugged mountains, cowboys and horses running through the snow with iconic scenery of the wild west as your backdrop. This is the real deal, with working cowboys (and possibly a few cowgirls), mustangs and horses running through snow all at a location that you will have to see to believe. The scenery is breathtaking and the accommodations are first class. There will be a large variety of subjects to photograph and you’ll eat meals prepared by an award winning chef. You will come home with images and memories from an experience like non other.
This part of Wyoming is very close to Yellowstone so there are opportunities to photograph big horn sheep, elk, prong horn sheep and raptors if you want to add a day or two on either end of your trip.
Our home base will be a working ranch in a remote location in Wyoming. The ranch consists of a beautiful and spacious main lodge with large wooden beams, a huge stone fireplace with a roaring fire that is surrounded by the well-appointed guest cabins. At the end of the day, you can relax and unwind in the hot tub adjacent to the main lodge as the snow is gently falling. The lodge has spectacular views of the mountains. The owners of the ranch and their staff go out of their way to ensure every need is tended to and that guests are happy. This ranch was voted as one of the top dude ranches in the country and it’s very easy to see why. Meals are served in the lodge.
You will fly into the town of Cody, Wyoming where you will be picked up and brought to the ranch and therefore will not need a rental car unless you elect to extend your stay. We will be photographing in the morning and at the end of the day with opportunities during the mid-day to work on and process your images with ample help and instruction from your workshop leaders.
The staff at the ranch is willing to supply model releases to those who would like them.
Shooting Opportunities will Include:
Horses running through snow (with/without riders): We will have numerous opportunities to photograph horses running through snow, with and without riders. Horses will be running towards you and also parallel to you, for a variety of shots. The scenery and backdrops will be varied, but they are always stunning, with snow-covered hills, trees covered with snow and beautiful mountain backdrops. There will be lots of action!
Cowboys riding horses: They will be riding horses, running full-bore at times. They will also be doing some roping and possibly leading pack horses through beautiful settings. They will also be riding at sunset where silhouette images will be possible. They are also willing to ride horses through nearby streams so we may have opportunities for splashing water and more varied action-type shots, weather permitting.
Portraits: We will also have opportunities to do portraits of the cowboys and cowgirls (western-style). The setting for this shoot will be likely be an old historic ranch (nearby), with rustic buildings providing open doorways, windows and fences. Cowboys will bring various props and horses for a variety of shots to make it interesting. There may even be an evening campfire!
Detail shots: There will be plenty of opportunities to take detail shots of the tack (saddles, spurs, blankets, old boots, bridles, etc). The tack room where the gear is kept will be available for shooting.
Weather: This is Wyoming and it’s winter so it will be cold (but likely not frigid and unbearable) so you will need to dress accordingly. Very warm boots, warm socks, gloves and hats along with a good, warm winter coat will be what you will need to bring. Dress is always casual with jeans for dining in the evening. Handwarmers will be very useful. A 100-400 lens will be useful for the running horses and wide angle, such as 24-105 or equivalent for landscapes. You will likely want to bring a flash for some of the portrait work. Prior to the workshop, we will supply participants with a check-list and other necessary information.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced (Participants must have a good understanding of their cameras operation)
Participants: Limited to 12
Photo tours tend to fill quickly, so please make your reservation today.
Deposit: A $1000.00 deposit is required.
Your deposit can be sent via check or PayPal. Please email for details.
Cancellation Policy: Unless otherwise noted, for U.S. tours, a full refund will be given up to 90 days or more before the start date of the event. Thereafter only if we can fill your spot with another participant. For international tours the deposit is non-refundable.
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What Participants Are Saying...
Virginia – I’m glad I didn’t let my apprehension about January weather in Wyoming stop me from signing up for this workshop as it will always rank as one of the best I have ever attended. John and his assistants as well as the Hideout owners and staff went out of their way to make this a very special experience. But the best part was the exciting photo shoots with beautiful running horses and western riders in a variety of scenic Wyoming landscapes.
John – “I have been on seven John Barclay workshops and many folks have been on many more. That says a lot about John as a leader.
The Hideout took me out of my comfort zone with horses running in the snow, but, with John’s guidance I was soon having a blast.
If you have never been involved in a John Barclay workshop, try one! It won’t be your last.”