The past few months have been jam packed with several major photo excursions. As a result, the backlog of images to go through is starting to get a little out of control. After spending the long weekend barricaded behind closed doors, chained to my computer, I did make some headway in the editing backlog.
In mid-August I had the pleasure of spending some time in the field with Darwin Wiggett & Samantha Chrysanthou of oopoomoo. Basing the weekend out of the historic St. Ann Ranch in Trochu, the photo opportunities were plentiful. If you are ever looking for a great place to get away for a few days, I highly recommend a trip to the ranch.
Although Ma' Nature tried her best to 'dampen' our spirits, we did manage to fit in all our planned locations. Some of the highlights were an afternoon shooting in an auto wreckers, a 'sunrise' shoot at Dry Island Buffalo Jump in extreme fog, as well as the numerous historical buildings of the ranch itself.
One of the things I enjoy most about photo trips like this is getting to spend time with other 'like-minded' individuals... you know... people that will get up long before sunrise, spend hours tromping through fields, and stay out way past sunrise. I believe my 'non-photographer' friends call people like us 'nuts'.
During dinner on the last evening, Sam & Darwin presented the group with a bit of a photo challenge for the evening. Shooting around the ranch, we were challenged to come up with a photo essay telling a ghost story. Of course, Sam had a special little twist to throw into my challenge. As some of you may recall from last fall, I accepted their Chain Mail Chicken challenge, which entailed creating a photo essay telling the travel story of a rubber chicken. Well, Sam felt that for my challenge I should be re-united with my old pal Cluckin Chuck and his relative Stu Potts. Being one that loves a challenge, especially when it involves a camera, I grabbed the chickens and got to work. The following morning, we all had a good laugh at the final result. See the full story here.