Day on the Ranch

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Photograph a working dude ranch in the Sierra Foothills

Our day will start with the first available light with a running herd of horses and colorful wranglers along a crystal clear lake providing opportunities for beautiful reflections. Next, participants will photograph the horse herd accompanied by western dressed wrangler running through beautiful meadows.

Photographers will then have the opportunity to film horseshoeing, roping and branding, and a cattle drive. The full day of western photography will end with cow hands silhouetted against the setting sun. After, join us for an old fashioned barbeque hosted by Triple “D”, the Crisps and the Cunningham’s with lively western entertainment.

This will be a long, full day of photography and will begin before sunrise on 4/6/2010. You have the option of camping at the 7L ranch in your tent, or you can stay at one of the many local hotels.

This workshop runs one day prior to another workshop we are running called the Triple D Game Farm - California Special. We'll be spending three days photographing wildlife models in the Sierra Foothills and one day photographing in Yosemite NP. The Triple D Game Farm - California Special runs 4/7/10 to 4/10/10. You can also sign up for this class by clicking on the link above or the View Workshops button on the menu at left.

  • You will learn

    • All-day access to a working ranch
    • Photograph running horses
    • Photograph cowboys at work
    • Photohraph a real cattle drive
    • Sunrise and sunset photography
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Camera body (DSLR recommended)
    • Telephoto lens
    • .. such as 70-200mm, 70-300mm or 80-400mm
    • Medium lens such as 24-70mm
    • Wide angle such as 12-24mm
    • Batteries
    • Memory cards
    • .. Bring more than you think you'll need.
    • .. Have at least enough for 10GB-15GB of shooting per day
    • Laptop
    • Tripod
    • Sturdy shoes
    • Warm jack for cool mornings
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
  • Optional

    • Long telephoto such as 400mm or 500mm
    • 1.4x TC
    • Photo vest
  • What is provided

    • All day shooting at the 7L Ranch
    • BBQ dinner
    • The price of this workshop does not include lodging, transportation, breakfast or lunch.
  • Venue Information

      Please check your venue by specific city area location.


Incredible opportunity to photograph a working ranch with models, horses and a cattle drive.


Day on the Ranch workshops are provided in the following locations:

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Mariposa, California 06-APR-2010 Mike Hagen $600 $630 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.