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About the image

This Cowboy image was shot in Colorado in a driving rainstorm with pea sized hail in early July. We were at the corral enjoying the 80° weather with blue sky on one side and the rain started on the other side. Within a minute the temperature dropped and it started to rain very hard and the cowboy asked if we were going to shoot and I said "yes".

I had brought several sets of orange raincoats that were made to look like the fish slickers from the 1890's. The real fish slickers were made from linen or cotton dusters that had been soaked in linseed oil. Waterproof for sure, but a bit sticky and stinky... but you were dry.

These are different from a raincoat as these were split in back to allow the rider to get on their horse and position the slicker to keep the rain off of them and the saddle. As you can see in the photo there is another piece of material that is stitched at the split to cover the saddle. The split allowed the slicker from bunching up behind and help to keep the rider's legs from getting wet.

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I gave a slicker to the cowboy and I grabbed another one for me and with a camera bag I started to walk to the river while the cowboy tacked up his horse and we arrived at the river about the same time. I directed Jesse where to ride all the while trying to hold still while I was shooting. The multiple vertical blue streaks you see are likely the pea sized hail falling mixed in with the fat rain drops.

I shot in several directions and within 4 minutes I had shot 70 photos, or one every 3 seconds. At that point the lightning was getting too close... that and the camera died due to getting wet, so we headed for the office to dry out and warm up as it was about 60°. An hour later, it was back close to 80° and blue sky with white puffy clouds lazily drifting by like nothing had happened.

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For Photographers

The Gear:
Canon camera using 400 ISO and 1/160 second shutter speed using a 
Canon 24-70mm f2.8 lens set to 34mm and f2.8, handheld.

The Light:
Dense overcast storm clouds with heavy rain and hail.

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