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Colorado Workshop
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EPNet Members Shoot Colorado Horses

Another exciting Sombrero Ranch Workshop and Horse Drive was well attended by EPNet members in May. Scott Trees led the photo sessions and Mark Kettenhoffen attended with numerous cases of Nikon gear for participants to try. As always the cowboys and cowgirls went above and beyond to make this event a success for our group!

Photo by Barb Young

See some of the great images that were created at this event and plan to join in on the fun next year!

Participants write . . .

“The great American Horse Drive is the round up of over 800 horses by the Sombrero Ranch, where cowboys drive the horses from their winter pastures of the open range lands of NW Colorado over 60 miles back to the Sombrero Headquarters where the horses will be put to back to work. The sound of thundering hooves of over 800 horses whinnying and nickering while kicking up dust as they fly past is an overwhelmingly exhilarating experience. If you love horses, this event is not to be missed.

Horses, highly social animals have herd members who have been separated in the massive tangle and gather of horses and go about whinnying and nickering for their friends. Many do find each other, like the six dapple grey draft horses I saw trotting in a group, and traveled the 60 miles back to the ranch together. I had the good fortune of spending several days prior to the round up at the Sombrero ranch making photographs of the wranglers and ranch activities with a group from The Equine Photographers Network. The photo shoot at the Sombrero and the Horse Drive is an EPN annual event and one of the best I have ever attended. The wranglers are real professionals in every way and the horse drive is an event that should not be missed. The drive goes through the tiny town of Maybell, Colorado and needless to say, it’s a traffic stopper. Once the horses get closer to the ranch, they can smell water and once again all hell breaks loose. Keeping that many thirsty horses under control is no easy task for the cowboys. The horses fly through the gate into corrals and hit the water troughs waiting for them. It’s another season of work for them about to begin.”

~ Lisa Dearing

Photo by Carien Schippers

“From the moment I got to the ranch at 5:30 the first morning, it was non-stop action with horses galore! My heart stopped for a beat when I heard the rush of thundering hooves coming at me when they ran 100 plus horses, just feet away from me and my camera! I couldn't believe it! I was in heaven! The horses all with steam rolling off of them in the chilly morning air, were a sight to see and hear! The wranglers drove them through water, over hills, out in the sage. Lots of Cowgirls and Cowboys and horses to shoot for hours and hours. I got to see bucking horses, branding cows, roping horses, roping cows, draft horses pulling wagon, team of horses pulling the coolest stagecoach. We had a portrait session for horse and handler or riders and lighting was discussed for these type of sessions. From sunup to sundown this workshop is horses, horses and more horses. In just about every situation they can be put in. At times I was so excited, I didn't even know what or who to shoot first. It takes a minute to soak it all in and realize that yes, this is real and not a dream, I am here and I can take it all in and snap to my hearts desire.

To sum up, the Colorado Sombrero Ranch workshop was one of the best investments I think that I have ever made in my career and portfolio.”
~ Diane Swarts

“I wanted to thank you for a truly magical time in Colorado. The horses, the people, and the access to it all you provided were amazing. I can't imagine there is any other place on Earth where I could be a part of something as awe inspiring as this. As an amateur photographer, these trips can often be quite intimidating, but everyone was really friendly and helpful.” ~ Alyson Warnick

EPNet in the News
View the Colorado Horse Drive video that aired recently on 9 News, coverage from Kathy Sabine who participated in the drive as a rider. It includes photos from our members.

Photo by Barb Young


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Save this Date!
Join us next year for the 2011 EPNet Workshop at the Sombrero Ranch with exclusive access to the ranch horses, corrals, cowboys and cowgirls as well as a stage coach and a chuck wagon
May 1 - May 5 and the Great American Horse Drive May 6-8.

New for 2011 will be a video production workshop April 29 - May 1. Details will be posted soon!

What’s going on at EPNet?

Summer Solstice Project
The Summer Solstice Project Album is open for ratings and comments. Come see the photos from around the world that were submitted for this project and vote for your favorites:
Summer Solstice Album

This album will close to ratings on July 16th!

Horses in Need Documentary Photo Project
Deadline August 1
The mission of this annual EPNet member project is to shine a light on the condition of horses in need around the world, and the work that individuals, rescues and other organizations are doing to save them from uncertain futures.
View the submissions from the 2009 Horses in Need Project.
Rescue Workers: Have an idea for a photo project? Please contact us!

Sherron Sheppard Digital Art Series:
Creative Photoshop Techniques that Add Impact

Online Course starts August 9th
This online course is geared to intermediate through advanced Photoshop users with an understanding of layers and layer masks that want to add impact to their images, increase their creativity, expand their Photoshop skills and develop an “art” look. Students will explore techniques that will take their work beyond the ordinary photographic look into a more artistic style. Each technique is designed to take your work to that next level.

Learn more about the Impact course

What are our members up to?

Western photographer, Jody Miller of MillersReflections, was the featured artist on display in the Arts Prescott Gallery window in Prescott, Arizona, from June 25 through July 8, during the 123rd World’s Oldest Rodeo Prescott Frontier Days.

“Somehow it seems so appropriate that with all the events associated with the World’s Oldest Rodeo my photography featuring horses and cowboys will be front and center in the gallery’s window,” stated Miller. “Bring Em Home USA” and “Boots ‘N Beer,” are two of Miller’s pieces that were on display in the front gallery window.

Carol Lynn Coronois print collection “Oh These Girls and Their Horses!” hung at Lippera’s Chatham House in Chatham, New York, for six weeks and got rave reviews from many guests and from the owners and staff. Her work may also be seen at the Spa Fine Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY

Lynn Pomeranz and Tony Stromberg will be judging the First Annual Sky Dog Award for Equine Photography. The Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve is a wild horse sanctuary based in Cerrillos and Watrous, New Mexico. This year marks their tenth anniversary of being in business and to celebrate that they are starting an annual Equine Photography Competition to not only raise funds for the sanctuary but also to help promote their cause. All proceeds raised from this event will go to the Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve, which is a 501(c)(3), non-profit charity.

Photo by Pat Girard Congratulations to Shirley McQuillan whose home-bred Dutch Warmblood gelding, Rhett, appeared on the cover of a recent issue of USDF Connections. Photo by Pat Girard.

Equine industry awards have been plentiful this year for EPNet member Lisa Kemp of Kemp Equine, an equine industry writer and marketing consultant. The first was a PR award for an online promotional campaign Lisa developed for photographer Gabriele Boiselle's 2010 calendar line; other winners in the same category included Sara Lee, Kraft, and some of the Midwest's top PR agencies! Lisa also received three awards from American Horse Publications for her written articles, including one titled 'But I Paid The Photographer, What Do You Mean I Don't Own The Photograph?' Details on these awards are available at her blog.

Christina Weese and Foxtail Studio are pleased to present "Improving Your Equine Sales Photos", a 12-page PDF mini-guide on the basics of equine photography for advertising. The guide includes five basic tips that anyone can apply, regardless of their camera type, and three bonus pages demonstrating the effect of professional-quality equipment. "Improving Your Equine Sales Photos" is a great starter guide for anyone interested in the basics of equine sales photography. It's available at Take Better Horse Photos as an instant PDF download for $5.99.

Equine Photographer Shelley Paulson is pleased to announce the launch of an equine stock photo library, featuring a variety of high quality photos from sweet bonding moments between people and horses to medical and health photos suitable for illustrating magazine articles. Browse the galleries, or use the search function to locate the image you wish to license. More images are added all the time, so please bookmark the site for your future image needs.

Many of Suzy Lucine's photographs of Morgan horses were recently used in a fund-raising campaign for the building of the Morgan Pavilion at the Kentucky Horse Park. These photographs were used in promotional literature as well as on the Pavilion's website. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for July 9, 2010. If you're interested in following the construction of this project, watch the video -- which is frequently updated.

What’s going on at our discussion forums?
On our open forum:

What types of methods do you use to get the horse's attention (as in ears perked without "donkey ears")? Read about our members' favorite tricks

New Image Showcases from recent challenges, assignments and courses.

And lots more in Resources and FAQ’s.

Photo by Carien SchippersIn the General Members Forum:

Hot Topic
How to deal with image theft on Facebook and other sites.

Lots of great photo sharing threads including photos from the Kentucky Workshops and eight pages of 2010 foal photos.

In the Professional Members Forum:

Threads on pricing digital files, more image theft, dealing with poachers and official photographer etiquette.

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