Let the calving season begin!
Two weeks ago my wife and I were in Nashville at ImagingUSA, a huge convention and tradeshow put on for professional photographers by the PPA. While there I stopped at Tamrac to check out their camera bags, after learning we're both from Utah I immediately asked if they would be interested in having a both at a tradeshow that my local professional photographers group (IPPA) is hosting in June. Tamrac jumped right on board and went a step further by saying they also wanted to be a sponsor for it. For our local PPA Affiliates, it's a huge deal having these sponsors because they're one of the main reasons we can provide outstanding education and workshops to our members, but that's in my next blog post about being an entrepreneur!
One of the things that Tamrac brought up was producing videos of photographers and asked if I'd like to be the first. Heck yea! I gave them a couple options for shoots to follow me on, they chose to be part of the western work I do. A large portion of my portfolio consists of American Western imagery that I sell to stock and commercially license. America LOVES cowboys! Over the last four years I've been following around a group of Cowboys here in Utah as they start the calving season (now), weaning, processing, branding, etc. For me, I've been building a massive stock library with this work.
On to the good stuff! (click here for the gallery)
Tamrac asked, how do you keep it different and what's your goal on the shoots? Out on these shoots I always have a list in my head that I continually go through; details (spurs, boots, tools, etc.), wide landscapes (bringing in all the action and incorporating the sky), action (roping, rodeo), portraits (cowboys/girls, kids), emotional connection (cow/calf, child/parent), and silhouettes. I also challenge myself to find or do something unique. That could be in composition, exposure, or maybe some panning or giving myself an assignment like only capturing expression and emotion for an hour. I attempt to capture something in a way that I haven't before. In general, my style of photography is confrontational, I like to challenge the viewer, I really love bringing the action right up close.
On this outing, since it's the first of 2015 calving, my goal was to get the cowboys helping a cow give birth - that didn't happen. There were two new ones on the ground, but they typically give birth at night. Oh well, on to my shot list.
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