Shot Breakdown – Shooting Cowboys and Cacti in the Arizona Desert

Recently, I posted a few shots of cactus and cowboys on Facebook from a trip to the Tanque Verde Ranch just outside of Tucson, Arizona. A lot of folks had questions about how I approached these shots – especially since…

Shot Breakdown - Shooting Cowboys and Cacti in the Arizona Desert

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Recently, I posted a few shots of cactus and cowboys on Facebook from a trip to the Tanque Verde Ranch just outside of Tucson, Arizona. A lot of folks had questions about how I approached these shots – especially since I usually shoot in the studio, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to create a shot breakdown and walk you through every aspect of how the images came to be.

My reason for visiting this very cool dude ranch in the Arizona desert that is situated on the edge of the cacti filled Saguaro National Park and the Coronado National Forest was to attend this years Olympus Visionary Summit. This was my first summit and my goal was to spend time with folks that shot genres other than my own just to see how they approach their craft.

Our coordinator at Olympus gave us a gear list of suggested items to bring and we were also encouraged to bring any other gear that we desired. I travelled with the Olympus OMD EM1X and the Olympus OMD EM5 Mark III camera bodies and several lenses. All of my gear traveled in a Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials bag which is my bag of choice for most of my travels. It holds more than enough gear and fits under the seat even on commuter flights.

I am not going to win any awards for these photos and they are not gonna be published in National Geographic, but I am proud of them. I am proud of them because 47 years since I purchased my first camera it was the basics of photography and understanding my gear that provided the foundation for these shots along with the Olympus EM5 Mark III and the EM1X. It was those 47 years of experience that gave me the references to help solve the problems that I encountered. I am proud of them because they will forever serve as a memory of that time that I got to spend two days at the Tanque Verde Ranch in the Arizona desert with 10 of the most amazing photographers that the world has to offer and whom I can now call my friends.

Photography is not a competition – it is a passion to be shared.

LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO
Tanque Verde Ranch: https://www.tanqueverderanch.com
Olympus Visionaries: https://www.getolympus.com/visionaries
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FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this video. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer and a Delkin Image Maker. These companies have provided various pieces of gear that were used in this video and Olympus did pay for the trip to Arizona.

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