Photo Club Outing: Chama Train Chase

Members of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club traveled to Chama, NM on Oct 4. After a quick stop at the train yard in Chama, we headed out to photograph the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Rail Road steam train as it chugged its way up the mountain from Chama to Cumbres Pass (and a little beyond). The strategy was shoot photos, rush to the next good opportunity, and repeat. With fine weather and great Autumn foliage, it was a terrific outing. Here is a sample of member’s photos from the day, from Kathie Disner, Andy Butler, and Liz Jamison.

Photo Club Moab Outing

In mid-February, fourteen Photography Club members spent a few days in the Moab area, enjoying the magnificent red rock landscape. The group photographed in Arches National Park and  other nearby sites. We were lucky to have fair weather (though chilly mornings) and good light for most of our photo shoots. The trip was a really fun four days in a fantastically photogenic area. Here is a gallery of images from several Club members who were on  the trip. (Click on any image to view the photos full screen.)

Shooting Horses

by Joseph T. Sinclair

I had occasion recently to visit a small ranch to shoot horses, and I learned some valuable lessons that I will pass on to you.

First, if your camera has a shutter click, you will need to wrap your camera in a beach towel or something comparable to muffle the click. You don’t want to spook the horses.

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© Joe Sinclair

Second, horses respond very well to common courtesy.  You’ll need to bring some sugar. Two pounds per horse is about right.

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© Joe Sinclair

Third, don’t let the horse flies bother you. Yes, there a lot of them, and yes, they have a nasty bite. But remember, you’re a professional and must remain concentrated on the shoot.

Fourth, wear shoes that you want to throw away. Otherwise you will have an unpleasant cleaning job when you get home.

Fifth, if you get suckered into riding a horse, make sure you have plenty of Eczema Honey Healing Cream at home to rehabilitate your backside.

Sixth, if you ride a horse, be sure to mount it on the left side. If you mount on the right side, everyone will know you’re a dude, and PETA may single you out for horse harassment.

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Let’s make the ride short, pal. I have some grazing to do.

Seventh, take a telephoto lens in case you happen to spot a barn rat. Barn rats make a unique photo-op that you don’t want to miss.

Finally, never walk in back of a horse. Horses are related to donkeys. If you’re a Republican and the horse knows it, the horse may kick you across the barn. Your camera would be OK because it’s wrapped in a towel, but the kick may knock some sense into you.

Good luck with your shooting.

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Horse Photography

A group of ten members of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club had an opportunity to photograph horses, including two mustangs, at a ranch near Pagosa Springs on June 6. Thanks so much to Stacey Couch for giving us the opportunity to photograph these beautiful animals. Here is a selection of images from our trip; thanks to photographers Chris Roebuck, Joe Sinclair, Andy Butler, Brenda Breding and Mark Guenin:

 

Bosque del Apache Outing

A terrific group of a dozen Photography Club members spent the weekend of Dec 7-9, 2018 at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. We had (mostly) good weather and lots of birds. We even found some decent food in Socorro!

Here are sample images from six of those who participated. Click on the popup caption of any image to start a slide show style view.

Chama Train Chase

Eleven members of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club traveled to Chama, NM on Oct 1 and followed the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Rail Road steam train on it’s journey from Chama to Cumbres Pass (and a little beyond). Besides the charm of the train, we had a glorious autumn day to enjoy, followed by a late lunch back in Chama. Here is a sample of member’s photos from the day.