June, 2012 EPNet News
Wellington Florida Workshop
with Gabriele Boiselle
The two Wellington, Florida Workshops with Gabriele Boiselle were well attended in March. The Florida weather did not disappoint with warm, sunny days and all sorts of equine photography opportunities. Participants came from as far away as the UK and Alaska to learn from one of the world's best equine photographers (and enjoy the weather). Class instruction was followed by visits to some of the area's farms with attendees having the opportunity to photograph Lusitanos, Warmbloods, Friesians, Polo Ponies, dressage riders and so much more. Exercises to demonstrate and practice new techniques opened new doors to creativity and after a whirlwind three days with Gabriele we all saw the world in new ways and left feeling inspired and energized with lots of great new photos as well as new friendships.
View some of the amazing images taken at this workshop.
Colorado Cowboys Photo Workshop
and Great American Horse Drive
Submitted by Pat Jarvis
It was interesting hearing different people's views commenting on what Sombrero Ranch was to them: romanticizing the lifestyle of the Old West, reliving a piece of history, or being part of "the real deal" as it still is today in some parts of the world. For the Walker family, owners of Sombrero Ranch, there is no question, their ranch is the real deal. They turn the horses out to pasture every winter and bring them back home in the spring, then the horses are restarted, trained, and sent to summer camps throughout the US to be safe, reliable trail horses for people to enjoy as they ride through the beautiful wide open spaces. Nobody could deny that the Great American Horse Drive 2012 was spectacular; perhaps the largest horse drive in the world. Scott Trees stated that there were only two comparable in the world, in Poland and Russia. The thundering of hooves, and feeling the ground tremble as 600-700 horses come trotting or galloping toward the camera was exhilarating. As an equine photographer this was the ultimate. After the two day, 50 mile horse drive the horses are turned out to pasture on the Sombrero Ranch. Hearing the whinnies of recognition as horses were reunited with their friends is an experience that just has to be lived because no words could describe the feeling.
The horse drive was only part of the EPNET Spring Workshop in Craig, CO, from April 28th to May 6th. Carien Schippers and Scott Trees team up to provide the photographers a learning experience as well as the fantastic opportunities to photograph. Two Photoshop Sessions, "Maximizing the Hidden Potential in Your Images" and "Taking it to the Next Level", presented by Sherron Sheppard were enlightening, inspiring and very helpful. All participants had an opportunity to have their portfolios reviewed by experts in the field. One evening the photographers submitted photos from our various shoots, and viewed them on a large screen. A conference room full of cowboys, cowgirls and many others shared in the fun. To top things off Nikon rep Mark Kettenhofen was available with the latest gear to try and lots of great technical support.
Riding a Sombrero horse for a trail ride was an option, as was visiting the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Preserve. Some of us visited the wild horses more than once.
The cowgirls and cowboys are talented riders taking great pride in doing their job well. I can still see the smile and a glint in the cowboy's eye as his horse ended his wild bucking spree and he rode off "into the sunset" to become a calm trail riding horse. We had several photo sessions at the
ranch: horses running, (sometimes through water), beautiful Longhorn cattle, calf roping, bucking horses, early morning fog, sunset silhouettes, and other spontaneous sessions as the weather cooperated. The cowboys/cowgirls were always ready to take our suggestion for the perfect photo that we were imagining.
This was my second year at Sombrero with EPNET and I noticed some of the wranglers had gotten married, and there were more children then I remembered from last year. This was expressing the family values that Sombrero is known for, but most of all, for me, I felt like I was returning family. Cowboy humor and friendly teasing made hard work a little lighter. Super cowboy, Ed Pinkard (see him on the cover of "American Cowboy") gave direction to and coordinated the cowboys, photographers, horses and time. When Scott decided to lay on the ground to video the Longhorns trotting at him it was Ed who acted like the rodeo clown so Scott didn't get run over. Kudos to Ed for being everywhere at the same time!
All in all, it was a wonderful 12 days for me, sharing activities and thoughts with like-minded people. Bouncing around in the back of a truck sitting on hay bales is definitely a bonding experience. As I sit here trying to think of a particular highlight, all the memories come flying back to me, and they all feel like highlights. The friendships made are right on the top of my list.
See photos from the workshop.
Three Great Courses this Summer!
Our online courses are open to all, not just EPNet Members!
Online courses are a great way to learn from the pros and you can do it at a time and place
that works for you. Your commitment to learning can have big paybacks. This summer EPNet is offering:
In June: The Basics of Equine Photography with Carien Schippers
In July: Social Media and Equine Photographers with Kimberly Beer
In August: Creative Photoshop Techniques that Add Impact with Sherron Sheppard
Upcoming Fall Workshop
November: Photography 101 Workshop with Scott Trees
November 8 - 11, 2012
Santa Rosa, California
This introductory photography workshop covers all of the basic elements of digital photography and its application to photographing horses. During a three day work shop held at a private Arabian Farm in Santa Rosa CA, Scott Trees will cover the essential elements of digital photography, exposure, lighting, and how all of this applies to horses. This workshop is geared to amateur and intermediate photographers who feel they need help in gaining a better understanding of their gear. Scott will share his vast experience and be open to all questions in an easy-going hands-on environment. Together we will explore the factors that go into making a great image and the basics of photographing horses.
NEW!! EPNet Facebook Pages!!
Daily Horse Shots
Members' EPNet Chat
A new Facebook page has been created for EPNet Chat (members only).
The page has opened up a new, different and private chat format for EPNet members, which has given rise to some interesting, unique and provocative discussions. Members, find us on Facebook and click the ask to join button.
Also new on Facebook is Daily Horse Shots, a page which was created as a closed community (but not limited to EPNet members) to share photos (one per day only please) within the ever growing equine photographers' community. This page has 1300 members to date, and there is a suggested (but not required) weekly topic. It is inspiring to be able to view so many fabulous equine photos all in one place, as well as to coach a few who are learning, and share our own photos whether old favorites or new works.
Our members have been busy! Read what they have been up to:
Visit our Image Showcases to view members' work from the latest fun shoots, assignments and challenges. Plan to join us for the annual Summer Solstice Project, we invite everyone to participate!
Create a Magazine Cover, Fine Art, Black and White, Humor, the Equinox in Black and White and two Pro Member challenges were some of the recent EPNet members' assignments.
Debby Thomas reports the following awards:
2012 Photocon - Horse of Delaware Valley First Place - Action
Cover Image - 2012 Third Candid, Love our Critters Art Exhibit Montpelier Art Center
People's Choice Award 2012 and Best of Show in the Professional Division of the Equine Photo Contest with her photo "On Top of the World"
Beth Osterkamp also took top honors in the Amateur division of the Equine Ideal Photo Contest. Congratulations to everyone that placed in this very tough contest.
EPNet Members Tina Thuell, Bev Pettit, Bobbie Goodrich, Tamara Gooch and Carien Schippers particpated in the invitational show Cowgirls with a Camera at the Desert Caballeros Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona. This show has been extended to June 10.
Lynne Pomeranz's photo of a wild stallion from Placitas, New Mexico was featured on the cover on the Santa Fean magazine.
Scott Trees was featured in Indulge Magazine and the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Carien Schippers was interviewed by attorney Milt Toby for an article "1,000 Words" about horse photography and copyright for The Horse.com.
Suzy Lucine was recently named in The Morgan Horse magazine's fourth annual "The Women In Our Industry Honor Roll." The introductory statement read "She comes from a Morgan community and she has helped to build the larger Morgan family as a freelance writer, magazine editor, an artistic photographer and a most loyal friend to the people she loves: the Morgan family."
Jess Lee reports that he was recently honored with having one of his images selected by National Wildlife Magazine as one of the most incredible photos published in their magazine in the last 50 years. During that time over 14,000 images have been published and 18 were selected as "The Most Incredible" He was also just notified that he has been credentialed to photograph in the arena as a PRCA PRO Photographer at PRCA Rodeos.
Bev Pettit was featured in Luxury Horse Magazine and interviewed about her rodeo photography in Ranch and Reata Magazine.
Roberta McGowan been named the Official
Photographer for the Snowmass Village Colorado Rodeo. Her
images are also on the cover and inside of this
Year's program, brochures and posters.
Matt Rondel will be the official show photographer for NBHA CA State Championships in October.
Peter DeMott Photography in southwest Ohio is soon to open his Country Barn Studio near Germantown, Ohio.
Gail Bates reports that she is doing a series of articles for Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Journal and Horsemens News. The first was a large article on shooting photographing babies, the second one was on profile shots and the next one is in the works.
Melody Perez collaborates frequently with other writers, artists, and EPNet Pro members like Sherry Kysely and Karen Parker. Check out Melody's painting titled, "The Feral" on her web site, an interpretation of Sherry Kysely's photograph of Chollo from Monero Mustangs in Tierra Amarilla, NM.
View tear sheets and covers from our pro members.
Thank you to Nikon for participating in our Colorado Photo Workshop.
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