Posts tagged “cowboy hat

Joe’s command over a lasso

Joe Bews is a cowboy I was fortunate to photograph last weekend at one of his family’s stations near Longview.  When I asked Joe if he would mind doing a bit of rope work, he kindly obliged and I had the opportunity to try a few different approaches while he roped some imaginary targets lurking in the tall grass.  His skills certainly didn’t need the practice so it was really great of Joe to throw for me and a couple other photographers on a pretty warm afternoon.

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A Kananaskis Cowboy

(As always, please click on any image to view a higher resolution version)

I was at a ranch for a photography workshop put on by The Camera Store on the weekend.  The workshop was with William Albert Allard and it proved to be n educational and very enjoyable weekend.  On Saturday the group went to Kananaskis where access had been granted to shoot on a long-standing ranch back in the High Country.  The venue was full of character and the cowboys, lady and cowgirls that came up to model for us had the same in ample supply.  I will post some more images from the day soon but wanted to start with a concept image that I worked on in post a bit.  During the Sunday critiques, one of the participants had shown a few sepia toned images and that got some ideas rolling around in my head.  I had completed my work keeping most of the portraits in straight colour.  With this photograph of Tom, one of two lifelong ranching brothers that own the ranch and rode up for the day, I wanted to make a desaturated and almost metallic look to this tight portrait.  I used Lightroom’s Develop suite for the post-processing and leaned heavily on dropping saturation and increasing the clarity to realize the look.  For reference, here is one of Tom as he really looked in the warm light bouncing off of the exposed wood beams inside the barn.