About the Video
The photos and video of Cowboys pushing Longhorn cows in the snow was shot in Colorado on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, about a 30 minute drive west from Vail.
One item to note is how much I move about, shooting tight and wide plus different angles to give a client a lot of selects to help quickly build a library of images.
The biggest challenge was staying warm and trying to not step in a hole covered by the snow. Being cold the cattle are not difficult to move as if it were hot. The cowboys know that when I said "stop!", they not only had to stop pushing, they also needed to back off to totally remove the pressure. The cowboys on the flank of the herd may also need to ride in front of the lead cows to stop them.
In doing this small step the crew can grab all of the gear, move to the next spot and set up, without the cattle wandering off, or worse, scattering.
When I know I'll be out in the cold for a protracted period of time, I'll put my camera batteries inside a small pouch and put hand warmers inside, one or two depending on how cold it is, and keep the pouch in my camera bag. The cold will kill a battery quickly, so when you take a battery out of the heated pouch, it will be close to 90°F (32°C), and will last a long time.
I have been working with the outfitter at this ranch since 2001, and the ranch has a lot of elements that makes it really easy to shoot on and have a wide variety of backgrounds in a short distance and most are easy to get to.
Another plus for this location is for dinner, and just 10 miles away, is a great Italian restaurant! Man's gotta eat!
Canon cameras & lenses: 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 200mm f1.8 and 400 f2.8 lens with an
O'Connor fluid head on wood sticks.
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