The Equine Photographers' Network Newsletter

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Colorado Retreat & Horse Drive
Colorado Sponsors
Dramatic Wild Horse Story
New Book: Wild Hoofbeats
Wild Horse Workshops
Summer Soistice Project
EPNet Trial & Photog Request

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Colorado Workshop & Wild Horse Roundup
July 2008

Colorado 2008 Retreat & Horse Drive

The intrepid EPNet photographers braved “spring” Colorado weather to whoop it up with wranglers, horses and coboys at the Sombrero Ranch in Craig, Colorado. Sombrero Ranch management and staff welcomed the EPNet group like old friends, and provided immediate response to photo shoot requests. The wranglers effortlessly moved herds of horses fresh off winter ranges to specific locations to capture the best light and most action for days to accommodate our every whim. Ask the wranglers to sit on fences with their fanciest boots for a shoot, suggest a slight turn of the head to catch that special evening light, ask to be up close and personal when they roped and bucked out these “fresh “ horses and the answer were always “Sure” (sometimes with the added soft spoken -“ma’m). And then they’d gallop off driving horses, up into the sunset or along a ridge for backlighting.

In short, the days of shooting were spectacular. Through his natural instinctive ability to see light and expertise in communication with his subjects, Scott Trees brought together wonderful shoots that were not only immensely satisfying to photograph but visually breathtaking to watch. Paul Peregrine imparted lighting techniques with flash – a technicality that can make the difference in an image being used by publishers or not. To top things off Ron Taniwake from Nikon had every imaginable lens and Nikon body available for attendees to try, what a treat!

Following the wonderful shooting were on target seminars by Kate Dardine, Fine Print Imaging, on Creating a Fine Art Identity, Ron Taniwake of Nikon on proper camera and lens care and archiving methods, Larry Padgett for The Center for Fine Art Photography spoke on internet marketing, and Scott Trees spoke on The Business of Photography. And the individual portfolio critiques by Carien Schippers and Scott were invaluable.

For those who stayed for the Sombrero Horse Drive, the sheer beauty and spectacle of hundreds of horses being rounded up in the early morning sun and being driven 60 miles was second to none. Photographic opportunities were in abundance and it was challenging to photograph such a visual feast.

A certain camaraderie was tangible at this second Colorado Cowboys and Horses Retreat – not just between participants but between the cowboys, cowgirls and the participants themselves. This contributed to the uniqueness of this workshop making it an inspiring, fun and wonderful opportunity in which to push our creative ability, boundaries and techniques as photographers. A heartfelt thanks to all involved!!

Thank you to Sue Burgess, Roberta McGowan and Barb Young for contributing to this article!

Mark your calendars to join us in Craig next year as we do it all again during the first week in May of 2009!

Lots of great photos may be seen here:

Colorado Sponsors

Special thanks to our retreat sponsors:

Archival Methods
The Center for Fine Art Photography
Fine Print Imaging
Frame Destination
Imaging Spectrum

Wild Horse News

This report from Pam Nickoles: While photographing in the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management area in April, 2008, we came upon one of the most unusual and dramatic situations I've seen since I began documenting the wild horses. It was brought to the attention of my husband and I that there was possibly an abandoned foal in the company of a bachelor stallion known as "Chaco." Chaco became this foal's guardian and he took this responsibility very seriously as evidenced when another bachelor stallion, "Chiricahua" came to investigate the little Palomino-colored youngster. What followed was the longest and most fierce stallion battle I have ever witnessed. Were we about to watch this little foal get caught up in and probably trampled during this stallion confrontation? That was not an image I wanted to capture. As night fell, we knew we had to leave, but I was sick about it as I felt sure there would be no happy ending for this little baby.

When we returned to the HMA in the morning with Tricia, the Wild Horse Specialist from the Cody BLM, we expected to find that the pretty little foal had not made it through the night (since no mare was nursing this baby). To our amazement, the foal was walking and still being tended to by Chaco. As we watched from a distance, Chaco coaxed the little foal until she was finally around the fence and through the gate. I was told later that Chaco guided that foal all the way down a hill to its mother. It's hard to guess why Chaco stayed with the foal - stallions have been known to kill foals that are not their own or that appear to be sickly and/or crippled (as shown in Ginger Kathrens', "Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies" documentary). Obviously, they can be very compassionate too. Whatever his reasons were, Chaco is definitely the hero in this story!

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Wild Hoofbeats

Wild Hoofbeats, a book on wild horses, by Carol Walker is now available for pre-order. An emblem of the American West and once numbering in the millions, the wild horse is considered by some today as a resource to be exploited or a pest to be eliminated. Now the wild horse is on the verge of being removed entirely from our nation’s public lands. Wild Hoofbeats takes us deep into “Adobe Town” in Wyoming’s Red Desert and one of the largest remaining wild herds in America. In passionate prose, but above all in stunning photographs that are both intimate and grand, Carol Walker convinces us to take the future of these elegant, exceptional animals to heart. More information:

Wild Horse Workshops
with Lynne Pomeranz
Educational Adventures for Photographers,
Horse & Nature Lovers

In 1971 Congress declared wild horses to be “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West”. These workshops provide an educational opportunity to learn about the behavior and social dynamics of wild horses and to observe and photograph them in their natural environment. Come join us for this unique experience!

“Simple words cannot express the feeling in my heart. I had heart jumping experiences (thanks to Brazos a stunning bay stallion), quiet times watching the bands, and a true learning experience that has broadened my view of horses in general. There is something so primal being out in 76,000 acres with the wild ones. A feeling that brings us all down to what is real in this world.” Rachael Waller, EPNet member

At this time, the 76,000 acre horse territory is home to almost 300 free-roaming horses of mixed ancestry. Some bands seem to invite us closer while others flee across the landscape offering a variety of photographic opportunities. The landscape varies from open range, to pinon and juniper dotted woodlands, to tall ponderosa pines as it approaches the Colorado border. In addition to the horses, many wildlife species including elk, deer, bear, turkey, mountain lion, fox and golden eagles, call this home. Tracking these horses is a true adventure! Read about these workshops in the February 2008 issue of Western Horseman.


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Carson National Forest, New Mexico

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