The Story Behind the Photo

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“Tools of the Trade”

Well worn chaps, a comfortable saddle, lariat, and a good horse. Just a few tools of the trade for a true cowboy. These basic tools have remained the same from generation to generation.

This image was captured in Casper, Wyoming at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds as several Casper College Rodeo Team members prepared for the “Ropin’ & Riggin’ Days Rodeo”.

I chose to use a tight crop on this image to focus more on the detail and textures of all the items. A subtle effect was then applied through editing to create the look of a detailed painting. It is one of my all-time favorite images that I have created.

You can purchase several different items featuring “Tools of the Trade”, by clicking on the link below. It will take you to the “Rustic Western” section of my Etsy Shop.

Purchase “Tools of the Trade” items here: Paws Fur a Moment Photography – Rustic Western Items

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It’s All In How You See Things

Two years ago, my older brother and I started taking a yearly “Brother Sister Road Trip”. Just a day trip to someplace close to home that we’ve either never been to, or haven’t been to in a while. Our mother passed away in 2010, so this is a way for us to spend some quality time together and reminisce.

Our first “Brother Sister Road Trip” took us to Old Fort Laramie. A nearby Historic Site that I hadn’t visited in a few years and my brother hadn’t been to since a field trip in the 4th Grade.

After touring the grounds for a while, we took a break from the heat of the day on the porch of one of the old buildings. My brother was snapping photos with his point-and-shoot camera and asked if I had any tips on how he could get better photos. He was frustrated that his looked like snapshots.

When he asked me…I had never really thought about it, or had to explain what I see when I take photos. I told him, I guess I just see things different. After I thought about it a bit, I offered these few simple tips.

The few simple things I do when taking photos is try to get a different angle, a different view, a different perspective of something. Get lower, go higher, step to the side rather than straight on. Just a little bit of seeing things different, can create a much more dramatic or interesting image.

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For example, I took the photos in this post just this past weekend in the mountains. When trying to compose an interesting landscape shot, I turned around and noticed moss and lichen on boulders behind me. All of a sudden I was more interested in those images rather than the larger landscape. And by getting at ground level with the lichen it made it more interesting. The moss happened to be at eye level on a boulder when I turned around. Most people wouldn’t have even noticed.

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The lichen on the rock above, is the same rock in the lower right hand corner of the first photo.

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This moss was at my eye level on a big boulder behind me.

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I took this image of beaver chewed trees by kneeling down to be more at eye level.

Take the time to notice not only the big picture, but the smaller details around you, too.

Snowy Sunset on the North Platte

Thursday afternoon, we were hit with an unexpected little snowstorm that dropped a blanket of about three inches. It was so beautiful! Every branch on every tree was dressed with pretty white accents. I absolutely love to photograph following such a storm.

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Since the storm let up just shortly before I left my “day job” for the day, I decided to stop along the North Platte River on my way home and snap a few shots of the newly fallen snow. I’m so blessed to live where I can do that so close to home.

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Later in the evening, it seemed like everything would be perfect for another beautiful sunset. So, I decided to go back to the area I where I stopped after work and try to get some sunset photos. It was chilly, but oh so worth it.

Everyone is wishing for Summer…and I’m over here grinning from ear to ear at the sight of new snow!

End of the Day

Wyoming sunsets never seem to disappoint…and the one we had last Thursday was no exception. I had been keeping my eyes on the sky and incoming clouds…as I do most every evening from our kitchen window…and could see the clouds to the South, over Casper Mountain, beginning to reflect shades of pink and blue. I knew this was going to be a good one!

I went outside and looked to the West. Sure enough, the sky was starting to build with beautiful oranges, pinks, yellows, and blues. Following right behind me was our Little Miss Freddy.

I didn’t have time to grab my Canon T3i…so I snapped a few shots with my iPhone camera. When I turned around to take another angle, Freddie was sitting so pretty and perfectly positioned with the beautiful sunset behind her…and our old wagon wheels nearby…I snapped a few images of her before she rushed off to play.

The colors in the sky didn’t last very long…and Freddie’s young patience didn’t either… but I’m so glad everything fell into place for a few moments allowing me to capture this beautiful shot at the end of the day.

Saturday Morning Photo Excursion

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~~the photos in this blog post were all captured with my iPhone…photos from my Canon T3i will be featured in another post to follow soon~~

As we were eating breakfast this morning, the clouds started rolling in along the top of Casper Mountain here in Casper, Wyoming. I love this view from our kitchen window. We are truly blessed to live where we do.

I knew the rolling clouds wouldn’t last long…so I grabbed my camera (Canon T3i), hopped in my Chevy Trailblazer I call “Blaze”, and took the short drive to a favorite area across the highway.

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Just a short three and a half mile drive from our house, I had the area to myself, the meadolarks were singing, bluebirds were flying around, and the clouds continued to roll across the top of the mountain.

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It was just a short photo excursion…but a great way to start the day and get away from things for a few minutes. And there’s no shortage of photo oportunities in this area…or any area…if you just learn to see them.

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On my way back home…I stopped to take a photo of this fence post. As I composed the shot in my viewfinder, I noticed the vertebrae bone someone had placed at the top of the post! It made me laugh and say to myself “well, that’s cool!” Once again…something I’ve seen by just taking time to look and notice.

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Thank you to whoever placed the bone there.