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June, 2011 Colorado Round-Up

Colorado Workshops and Horse Drive
Members write about their EPNet Workshop experience

"The 2011 Sombrero Photo Workshop welcomed a large group of photographers hailing from as far away as Australia, the UK and Germany and many new friends were made. After a cold and snowy start for the video session the weather settled down and we photographed from sunup to sundown. Some of the more spectacular shoots included a herd of about 100 horses moving through water the first morning where the cool morning air, steam and back light combined for some memorable photo ops. We also had an epic shoot the next morning of another large herd moving like thunder by us in a formation that could not have been choreographed or planned any better. I always know when a shoot goes well when all the chatting dies down and there is nothing but silence and the clicking of shutters punctuated by the occasional "wow!!!"

"In between we shot portraits, details, a stagecoach pulled by a team of six up, roping, silhouettes, longhorn cattle and more. On our last night together we invited everyone from the Ranch down to view the photos, always well attended and a chance to share the fun we had with our photos. I already can't wait to do it all again next year!" Carien Schippers, New York

Photographers at Colorado Workshop

"There is nothing to compare (or I have yet to find it) to hundreds of horses coming toward you in every direction as you rapidly fire the camera trying to capture it all. I still haven't gone through all the photos and love reliving the moment as I rediscover a choice photo. I have been trying to come to the Sombrero EPNet happening for four years and was thrilled that this year it worked, so it was extra special for me!

"All the pieces fit together nicely, the organization, the Ranch, the wranglers, models, cooks, and of course the horses. I thought the participants were the nicest of any workshop that I have attended, and I hope to keep in touch with some, and of course the weather was perfect for all of our shoots. I liked the snow in the photos of the weekend of video that I missed." Pat Jarvis, Colorado

"We are now home in Australia after experiencing an event of a lifetime. Thank you so much for making us both so welcome and for allowing us to experience something so incredible as being amongst a herd of over 500 horses, and having the privilege to photograph it. Walking amongst that huge number of horses was just the best. We'll never forget how wonderful the event was and it was the highlight of our trip to the USA." Anita & Gordon Norris, Australia

Photo by Jim Smith

"Not having done much in the equine photography world before, I was very intrigued when I first learned of EPN's Sombrero Ranch Workshop and the Horse Drive. After reading the background and doing a little research, my expectations were fairly high on being able to be amongst horses, real ranch hands and in an exciting photo shooting environment. And, I hoped that I might even be able to catch sight of some of the wild Mustang horses that roam the open federal lands in Northeastern Colorado and Southwestern Wyoming. I've been on numerous photography workshops, and they sometimes don't measure up to my standards, either for the setting, shooting opportunities, instruction, schedule or facilities. That sure wasn't the case here! This far exceeded even my best expectations. I cannot think of anything more in the way of shooting, action and of course, wonderful animals in such an authentic Western setting that I could have asked for."
Jim Smith, Oregon

"As in years before, this workshop remains at the top of my list. The cowboys, cowgirls, and the entire team are people we have the incredible opportunity to photograph. Each is an individual we get to know, not just a models. Plus, the unprecedented access to the entire ranch makes this a photograph experience not to be missed. Loved the Longhorns!" Roberta McGowan, Colorado

"I had the most wonderful time at the workshop and the one day of the drive. It was the time of my life. I enjoyed photographing and meeting all of the wranglers. They were just the BEST. And Ed was, well words cannot describe this wonderful man, he did a splendid job with his crew and just knowing where to have them when. It was so much appreciated. The best thing about a photography vacation, is that you relive it over and over while looking at yours and everyone's photographs." Judy Neill, Oregon

Photo by Barb Young

"I have to say this was truly the BEST workshop EVER! Thank you EPNet, Carien Schippers and Scott Trees for this amazing opportunity/workshop. I cannot believe how many photo opportunities we were presented. The models/wranglers at Sombrero were awesome. A handsome bunch. And the horses, so many horses. It was a really cool experience, I will never forget."
Heather Swan, Canada

View a video that was created by Mark Kettenhofen.
And more photos from the Colorado events on the EPNet forum.

What's happening at EPNet?

Basics of Equine Photography Online Course
Last chance to join: Deadline for sign ups is June 17th!

This intensive six week on line course will focus on photographing horses with the goal being for students to get consistently good, usable photos. Each week will cover a new topic starting with the best equipment for equine photography, followed by photographing conformation, headshots and action. This course is meant to be a hands-on class and participants will be encouraged to shoot each week or, if possible, every day, posting their work, asking questions and helping classmates. All skill levels are encouraged to take this course and participants will receive individual attention with personal feedback that addresses their own goals and skills.

On June 21 join us for the 2011 Summer Solstice Shoot!
This project is open to all!

2011 Horses in Need Photo Project:
EPNet Members are invited to create an awareness campaign by using their photojournalism skills to highlight adverse issues or situations regarding horse welfare and to help promote equine protection. The mission of this project is to shine a light on the condition of horses in need in the world, and the work that individuals, rescues and other organizations are doing to save them from uncertain futures. View the projects that were submitted in 2010.

Have a rescue you would like to see featured in this year's project? Drop us an email and we will pass it along to our members. Or view the list of EPNet Photographers who have volunteered their skills for Rescue.

Fall in Vermont Workshop with Betty Cooper
October 7 - 9, 2011
Bookmark our events page for upcoming details.

The Gail Bates Oklahoma Western Stock Horse Workshop has been rescheduled
for October 28 - 30, 2011

Photo by Gail Bates
This workshop will concentrate on the proper techniques for photographing the Western Stock Horse at halter and pleasure and will be lead by internationally renowned stock horse photographer Gail Bates in the heart of Oklahoma horse country at the Circle C Ranch in Wayne, Oklahoma. This workshop is targeted to both advanced amateur and professional photographers. Topics include setting up the horse, the correct angles for photographing western horses, managing lighting and backgrounds, as well as horse and human portraits and much more. Additional planned shoots include sunrise and sunset pasture scenes, mounted shooting, cutting horses and cowboys working cattle.

What our members are reading and discussing
The world of show photography has been changing over the last few years. Read this very interesting and thought provoking discussion on the Chronicle of the Horse Forum on "Where are all the show photographers?"

Member News:

Members Bev Pettit, Rachael Waller, Kathy Mathew and Carol Walker were all finalists in the
6th Annual Spider Awards

Rachael Waller's photo Riders in the Storm also picked up third in the International Photographers Awards in Pro Wild Life Division.

EPNet members had a strong showing in the Art Horse Magazine Ex Arte Equinus IV Art Competition

Photo by Susan Carter

Susan Carter garnered a first place in the photography division of the 64th annual Piedmont Regional Art Show and also had an image juried in to Equus III: The Modern Horse exhibit at the Arts Center in Orange, Virginia

Photo by Bev Pettit

Bev Pettit had work juried into the "In the Company of Cowgirls" Western Exhibit. Bev was also featured in South Africa's International Premier Show Horse Magazine.

Debby Thomas was awarded the Peoples Choice at the "Horse Lover's Invitational" art exhibit at The Montpelier Center for the Arts in Montpelier, Virginia and had entries accepted into the exhibition Equus III, The Modern Horse as well as a two page spread in the Horseman's Yankee Pedlar.

Neide Weingrill of Brazil reports that she had two honorable mentions in The XVI Brazilian Biennale of Photographic Art in Color.

Barb Young was featured in "The Daily Sentinel."

See more Member tearsheets and covers.

Sponsor Spotlight
One of our great Colorado Workshop Sponsors

Lumiquest logoFor over 20 years LumiQuest has offered lighting accessories of a variety of sizes to suit your needs. LumiQuest light modifiers are not intended to replace larger umbrellas and softboxes. They do, however, bridge the gap between those devices and direct flash, especially when portability is a priority. However, when used in conjunction with "found" surfaces on location such as nearby walls and ceilings...the possibilities are endless. Our devices fold flat for storage and are designed to minimize light loss. We have always offered and will continue to offer an unconditional guarantee. If you are not entirely satisfied with a LumiQuest product, simply return it for replacement or refund. Yes, that's how well they work.

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