Rick Hobbs Photography

Wildlife/Nature/Outdoor Photography

From The Field

Icons of the Wild West photo adventure

The Icons of the Wild West photo adventure was very fun, exciting, and extremely productive. The trip takes place on ranchland near Bozeman, Montana.

The image above of the hard-charging cowboy in the river was one of the many photographs made at this location. The river is approximately 100 feet wide with plenty of open space on the bank for you to move around to get different angles. We also have horses that cross the river a few times (without the cowboys) so you can get shots of just the horses in the river as well. Since we will spend most of the day at this location we have plenty of time to send different combinations of cowboys and horses across the river multiple times to make sure you get plenty of great opportunities.

We will be working with multiple (model released) cowboys doing a variety of activites, in different settings. In the image above they are riding towards the photographers with the beautiful rugged mountains in the background. The "Bonanza" theme was hummed by many of the photographers as we created this image.

One of the evenings we have a chuckwagon style steak dinner with all the fixin's and then we go to a location were we have a campfire scene setup. The scene is complete with several props including the saddle boxes, saddles, bedrolls, coffee pot, the horses are tied up in the background and we put the cowboys in several different poses. This is very inspiring as we work under a sky full of stars and the cowboys recite some old cowboy poems in between photo ops.

We will be working during the prime times of the day, including surise and sunset so you will have plenty of opportunities for silhouette shots. This image was made at sunrise just as the first light hit the mountains in the distance. We also photograph the cowboys riding their horses against the colorful sunrises and sunsets in a variety of combinations.

Here we are photographing a few of the horses as they come thundering down the ridge in front of us. You always hear them before we can see them. We run them a few different times so you can use different lenses or shutter speeds to create the images that you have in mind.

When we have cloudy to cloudy bright light - that is a good time to photograph a wide variety of tack and other props that we have available. We have a corral available so we just setup many different items around the corral and let everyone photograph whatever catches their eye. Some of the items include saddles, boots, rifles and guns, hats, ropes, bits, wooden wagon wheels and whatever else we can find that looks interesting.

We also setup opportunities with pack animals. We have a pack horse and a pack mule that are both used in most of the settings so you can create several different images of them as they cross the river or pass in front of the mountains.

To see many additional images from this exciting photo adventure please check out the Gallery section of my website and click on Icons of the Wild West.

There are still a few spots left in the June Icons of the Wild West shoot for this year.