Willow Creek Ranch Photo Workshop - Spring 2018
Dates: June 10-16, 2018
Location: Willow Creek Ranch at The Hole-In-The-Wall, Kaycee, Wyoming
Link to the fall 2013 participant’s work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqyCUmxorbI
Link to my website: http://www.adamjahiel.com
Workshop cost is $1500.00 This is all-inclusive. It includes the workshop, meals, snacks, and lodging during the entire workshop, as well as airport-ranch-airport transportation.
Payment in full is required to reserve your spot. You can pay by check or use your credit card, or Paypal.
The nearest airport is in Casper, WY, about 2 hours from the Ranch. We provide transportation from Casper, to and from the Willow Creek Ranch, in order to avoid people having to rent cars. As your travel schedules become firm, please email me your travel information so I can start working on the logistics. Other airports in the area are Sheridan, WY, ( 2 hours), and Billings, MT, (3 ½ hours, comes through Sheridan).
Workshop arrival and departure time:
Arrival: Attendees can aim to arrive at the workshop between 12-6 p.m. on the 10th. Since travel logistics can vary, please check with us with your plans so that we can accommodate and know when to expect everybody.
Departure: Most attendees will choose to leave the morning of the 16th. Some folks will fly into Casper the day before, spend the night in a hotel, and get picked up around noon on the workshop arrival day.We can get most people to their flights out of Casper on the 16th, if it their flight is not early in the morning. For early morning flights, we suggest you spend the night in Casper, and leave on the 17th.
About the workshop:
There will be a small group of “Sisters on the Fly”, from a group of nearly 1,000 women from around the U.S. who own and restore vintage camping trailers. They take their colorful homes on wheels on the Cowgirl Caravan to partake in outdoor adventures like fly fishing, horseback riding, rafting, or just eating fried food and watching fireflies.
A group of these women will be attending “Cowgirl College” at Willow Creek Ranch, and we will have the opportunity to photograph them riding and roping, along with the regular ranch crew.
On a typical day, we could shoot the cowboys wrangling horses in the morning, eat breakfast, shoot them saddling up and loading up their horses in trailers to head off to work. Then it is classroom time, never enough, where we look at photos, ours and others, discuss ideas, answer questions, learn new stuff. After lunch, we might go back to the classroom for a short while, then go photograph and explore some more. I take stock of what I think people’s needs are, and try to address those. No set agenda, because everybody brings a different set of skills to the experience. I help edit images, and show some Photoshop methods, but try and keep it more about shooting and seeing and less about computer work.
I bring a ton of pictures, videos, and film, along, much of it goes unseen, because it's always such a fast 5 days. At night, folks can go back and work on pictures in the classroom if they want. The ranch has a very familial atmosphere. My first workshop at Willow Creek was in 2013, and the Crago family who own and run the ranch will make you feel like you are part of the family. It won't take long for you to feel like it is a 'home away from home'.
Photo opportunities abound! Incredible landscapes, cowboys, horses, sheep, pets, a great old barn, petroglyphs, horses, longhorn steers and amazing night skies.
The meals are plentiful, and snacks are always available. The cooking is fantastic. Please note: I am not responsible for weight gain...
We will go out to several locations, photograph the cowboys moving and working cattle.
We will be photographing cow-work and branding. Weather permitting, we will camp out at the spot where Butch Cassidy's cabin used to be. And it's glamping, not camping, as tents are set up, food is prepared for us from the chuckwagon, and we are well-taken care of.
We stop when we want to stop, and do what we want to do. I am often driving one of the ranch pickups as well. This workshop is about you, and not about me, and I am always more than happy to help you.
I want people to concentrate on photography and push past their boundaries.
A good number of participants for me is 8 people, which ensures me the opportunity to give people all the attention they need.
There is a main bunkhouse/cookhouse, and several cabins. All the comforts of home. No hot tubs or golf course, but pretty much everything you need. You will probably have a cabin or room-mate. I have had many repeat participants, and stay in touch with many of my workshop people, so the workshop never really ends if you don't want it to!
An example of the workshop schedule :
Day 0 - Arrival day. Gather at Ranch headquarters. We will meet each other and have a brief introduction to the Ranch and get ready for the following days of exploring and shooting. Warning: The days will go by way too quickly.
Full Day 1 We will photograph the cowboys bringing in the horses, and saddling up for the day at the Willow Creek Ranch barn. Great opportunity for portraits, etc. Breakfast follows. We will have some classroom time, before lunch, and then take a tour of the Ranch and surrounding area. If there is the time and inclination we can watch a photography-related movie at night. (Always optional)
Full Day 2 We will photograph the cowboys bringing in the horses, and saddling up for the day at the Willow Creek Ranch barn. Branding might take place that day, and if time permits, we will then head out to see an old homestead, and stop and photograph some ancient petroglyphs along the way. We will meet up with the cowboys who will be moving cattle down from the high country, and photograph them.
Full Day 3 We will photograph the cowboys bringing in the horses, and saddling up for the day at the Willow Creek Ranch barn. We will spend some time editing and discussing pictures, have lunch, and then head back out to a different area of the ranch to follow the cowboys trailing the cattle, or branding. That night we will arrive at the original Hole-in-the-wall camp, made famous by Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch. We will be glamping here for a night. Cowboy teepees and wall tents will already be set up. The ranch cooks will become our camp cooks, and feed us from the beautiful ranch chuckwagon. Everything is provided, including our cowboy-historian-musician-wise man, Ord Buckingham, who grew up, and raised a family on this ranch.
Full Day 4 We will photograph the cowboys bringing in the horses, and saddling up for the day at the Willow Creek Ranch barn. We will spend some time in the classroom in the morning. We will head out and look at an old cabin, and then see an area with a large number of teepee rings. Another branding might take place that day, and if time permits, We will have a picnic lunch, then head over to meet the cowboys, who will be bringing the cattle to their pens, where they will be sorted.
Full Day 5 Sadly, the last workshop day. We will do a little exploring and shooting, then spend some classroom time looking at photos. We will pick the images we like the best, and we will create a slide show with music, that we will present to the ranch owners, family and crew that evening as a final wrap-up.
Day 6 - Departure day
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
What skill level do I need to be ? All levels of skill are welcome, from beginners to pros. You just need to love taking pictures. Because of the amount of time we have, there will be plenty of one-on-one time available for guidance with both shooting and post processing.
How many Participants will there be? Typically a small group, I try to keep it around 8 people.
What equipment do I need to bring? Bring what you have. Don’t make the mistake of being over-encumbered with photo-gear. If you have a second camera, even a point and shoot, bring that. It is always nice to have a backup camera. Cameras and lenses are not bomb-proof! Since you will be hours away from the nearest camera store, plan ahead!
Here is a list of equipment suggestions:
Essential Equipment: -Camera(s) -Lenses(s) -Batteries : Important to bring several batteries. I suggest at least two. If you are shooting and checking your screen all day, you will go through a lot of power. -Battery charger: Very important -Memory Cards: Memory is inexpensive. You don’t want to run out of this, although many will be downloading to their laptops if they choose to bring them, which is recommended.
Optional Equipment: -Tripod: Not an absolute must, but nice to have. Something small but stable is fine. -Cable Release: Not an absolute must, but nice to have. -Filters: A Polarizing filter is useful. There are two types of polarizing filters: linear and circular. For digital cameras you need the (sadly more expensive) circular type. -Laptop: Not necessary, but really nice to have. One of the advantages of using a digital camera, is that you will be able to shoot and then download your work, edit it, and then we can discuss what worked and what didn’t, and head out the next day, armed with your new-found knowledge. I use a Mac, with Photoshop and Lightroom. Some people have used Ipads. Some folks have shot film!
Software: I am more interested in the process of seeing, shooting and thinking than teaching you how to manipulate images using the various software that is available. At the same time, depending on your needs and desires, I am happy to teach you, and will share with you, some of the methods I use. I will at least, get you comfortable and moving in the right direction. For those thinking about photo editing software, you can now get the full-on Photoshop set-up for a low monthly fee. I find the new Photoshop monthly subscription, to be a wonderful deal. The basic package includes Adobe Bridge and Adobe Lightroom. The price ranges from $10-$20 a month.
Thumb or external hard drive. Great for moving files from your laptop to the workshop computer that we will be using to look at, and edit your photos with. Pencils paper, etc. Take lots of notes! -Manual(s) for Camera -Backup Camera Personal gear: Hat/Sunglasses/Comfortable walking shoes/layers! / at least one warm coat (it is Wyoming. You never know). Average June and September temperatures range from 74 during the day to 42 at night. Think about bringing a small flashlight, sun block, bug spray, and the like. In the fall of 2013, we had beautiful, dramatic weather, it rained one night, and on the last day we woke up to 6” of snow, which made for some great photography opportunities. It was an unusual early snow. In contrast, in 2014, we had hot and dry weather. Typical, unpredictable, Wyoming weather!
Make sure you bring your CAMERA MANUALS. These can be the original booklet, or downloaded on your computer from going to the manufacturers web site, and typically, looking under “Support”. I have copies of my various manuals everywhere, including my laptop, Ipad, and cell phone. You never know when you might hit the wrong button and lock up your overly complicated camera.
Spouses and friends: To accompany the workshop members, you need to pay the full workshop fee. The Willow Creek Ranch is not a ranch with hot tubs/TV/golf course and so on. It is a great place to relax, think, read, write, and enjoy the great outdoors.
Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds: There are no refunds for cancellations thirty (30) days or less prior to departure. A fifty percent (50%) tuition refund will be given for all cancellations 31 days or more only if we can fill your spot. There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY, even for medical emergencies. WPW STRONGLY RECOMMENDS TRIP INSURANCE to protect you in the event of an unexpected situation that prevents you from attending the workshop. Refunds may be used as credit toward a future workshop.