Recently, I embarked on an incredible adventure to Scott City, Kansas, for the West of East workshop hosted by Mira 3 Photography and Open Triangle Photography. Little did I know that this journey would exceed all my expectations, immersing me in the true essence of the Wild West. From meeting friendly barn dogs and cats (and their kittens, my ultimate weakness) to capturing breathtaking moments amidst thunderstorms, every day of the workshop brought new thrills and unforgettable memories.
Day 1: Arriving to Kansas
As we arrived at Pyramid Ranch, the warm welcome from the barn dogs and cats instantly made us feel at home. Eager to explore, we trekked up the road, camera in hand, to photograph the cowboys and cowgirls riding through the picturesque canyons. Randy, one of the talented cowboys, showcased his roping skills, daring photographers to capture the perfect shot amidst the action-packed atmosphere. The ever-changing weather patterns added an element of surprise, forcing us to adapt our plans accordingly.
Day 2: Cowboy Camp and Artistry
The second day of the workshop started with Daryl and Randy setting up a cowboy camp on the vast 14,000-acre property. Daryl’s old truck became the centerpiece of a striking photograph, while Randy entertained us with hilarious stories and expertly braided a hackamore. We also had the privilege of witnessing Daryl’s craftsmanship firsthand as he carved intricate patterns into leather for a saddle at his renowned Waite Custom Saddles in Colorado. Additionally, we captured the artistry of Trey Wilcox as he meticulously trimmed and crafted custom shoes for horses, appreciating the beauty of hot shoeing.
Day 2: Monumental Moments
Our third shoot on the second day brought us to Monument Rocks, where a cowboy couple dressed in their finest attire awaited our lenses. With their faithful dog by their side, they posed amidst the awe-inspiring rock formations. To add an extra touch of authenticity, they later brought their majestic horses into the scene, creating stunning compositions against the dramatic backdrop. As the sun began to set, we quickly changed outfits and locations to chase thunderstorms across the expansive property, capturing the raw power of nature.
Day 3: Sunrise Serenade
Embracing an early start on the third day, we were treated to a breathtaking sunrise that painted the sky with hues of gold and pink. The ranch owner and a friend saddled up, leading us on a thrilling chase after cattle and playful moments in a water hole within the sand pit. As the sun reached its zenith, we ventured to the nearby river, immersing ourselves in the refreshing waters before bidding farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Scott City, Kansas.
My trip to Scott City for the West of East workshop was an absolute delight, filled with heartwarming encounters, exhilarating moments, and captivating photographs. From the adventures with cowboys and cowgirls, the mastery of artisans, to the majestic Monument Rocks and stunning sunrises, every aspect of this experience showcased the authentic charm of the Wild West. I returned home with a newfound appreciation for the beauty of Kansas and a treasure trove of memories that will forever be etched in my heart.
July 2, 2023