Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ghost Town: Metropolis, Nevada


This is in the basement looking up at the arched entryway to the Lincoln School in Metropolis, Nevada
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wild Cow Milking

If you want to see some action that is a cross between the PBRA and the Keystone Kops then you need to see the "Wild Cow Milking" competition.
It goes like this... 4 Cowboys, one on a horse and three on foot, have to catch and extract milk from a wild cow.
The rider ropes the cow and then two cowboys move in to secure the cow (top two photos), before the fourth comes in to extract the milk (bottom photo).
Then the cowboys, with the extracted milk, must run back to a circle designated before the competition begins.
The Keystone Kops part is because the cow is wild it does not exactly stand still to be milked. I saw men being thrown from side to side, dragged at the end of a rope by a running cow and my favorite was the kid being dragged while holding on to the cows tail (center photo).



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Friday, April 24, 2009

To Ride Another Day



See the rest of the shots from the 2009 Ranch Hand Rodeo at Deuce Photo
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Learning the Ropes

These young cow hands are picking up the tools of the trade.




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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

Saddle Bronc


This past weekend was my first full weekend in Elko. I have lived here since early January but have been in Salt Lake City and Seattle on most weekends. Not to mention being so busy during the week that I did not get many photos done.
I am finally getting settled in. So much so that I was able to take in a little local passtime.

In a place that has place names like TS Ranch and Six Bar Ranch, and street names like Diamond Lady Lane, Rockin' Chair Road and Lazy T Street, you can't miss the rodeo. That would be just plain old un-neighborly.
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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Eat Gas?



While driving along I-84 in Oregon pondering the current economic situation, I found this sign.
It gave me pause to think what I might be willing to eat out of necessity.
I suppose I would even eat fish before eating gas but it would have to be really, really bad gas.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sunset Superman

There is a story behind this shot. It is not your average sunset shot. I took this while on deployment in 1994. This is the one shot that made me take my photography hobby more seriously.
The runner is doing laps around the flight deck of the USS George Washington as it was anchored in the Red Sea. We were waiting to transit the Suez Canal the following day.
I was wandering the deck, after it was washed down, trying to get some decent shots of aircraft in the sunset. I saw the standing water and tried to get some reflections when this guy ran into the shot. I snapped it and forgot about it.
When I got the shots back I thumbed through them and liked about 6 shots, including this one.
It was at this point that my butter fingers changed everything... I would have left them in the envelope with the negatives and they would have found a home in a shoe box somewhere. But this shot had a different fate.
The envelope with all of the negatives and prints slipped out of my hands and into a sink full of water. I quickly grabbed them out before they were completely ruined. I threw them in a plastic bag and ran down to the Ship Photographer's lab and asked if there was anything that could be done to save them.
The photographer's mate said he could save them... Then to my complete horror he dropped them into a sink full of warm water.
I asked quite loudly what he was doing. "Fixing your stuff" he said as he completely drenched them through and hung them to dry.
Reluctantly I conceded, thenwent away and left them with him. When I came back to pick them up the next day he asked to keep two of them. I said sure but wanted to know why he wanted them and if he could make copies for me.
He told me that the Photography Officer saw them hanging to dry and wanted to know who took them. The P.O. picked out the two for inclusion in the ship's Deployment "Cruise Book".
I later had a meeting with the P.O. and the department Master Chief. They both advised me to get some training and encouraged me to keep shooting.
I took their advice to heart and signed up for the New York Institute of Photography correspondence course. While taking the course, NYI bought a copy of the shot after I used it for one of my assignments.
OK... Fast forward several years, I had moved back and forth across the Atlantic and the Continental United States, not once, but twice. Somewhere along the way I lost the negative and all my decent size copies of the shot.
Disappointed beyond words, I chalked it up to life experience and moved on.
Fast forward to two months ago... I need to solidify my Photoshop skills so I sign up for the "Photoshop for Photographers" correspondence course offered by NYI. When I got my first package from NYI it had a booklet called the "Photographer's Eye" and on the cover, staring back at me was my photo. I was more than just a little surprised.
I told NYI the story and asked for a high resolution copy since I had none. I just got the copy. So now I can share it with you on Sky Watch Friday.
The long and short of it is that butter fingers can sometimes lead to unexpected and interesting things.
Since that fateful drop in the sink this shot has been through alot... It certainly changed my hobby into actual photography.
BTW, I recommend both NYI courses.
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009