These are a few images of the Onaqui wild horses taken during my Wild Horse Photography Workshop. These are spectacular horses that can trace their ancestry back to the Pony Express days as the old Pony Express Route and historical buildings are part of their range. Many horses also hailed from ranches in the area and are known for great color and conformation.
Onaqui Wild Horse Workshop 2022
Description: 2022 Wild Horse Photography Workshop, Onaqui Horses, Utah
Dates: May 19-22 Sept. 15th-18th 2022
Workshop Fee: $800
Join me for 4 days of photographing the beautiful and diverse Onaqui wild horses of Utah. This herd area is only about 1 ½ hours southwest of Salt Lake City. This is one of the most dynamic, colorful and easiest herds of wild horses to photograph. They number around 350 and are divided into various bands that live within a large high desert valley rich in wildlife and scenic diversity. The bands of wild horses include mares, foals, and stallions, which frequently overlap with each other forming larger herds. This photo safari will take of 8-10 people to keep the group small so the experience will be relaxed and more focused on learning.
We will need several participants to drive their own or rent a small/medium high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle and be willing to drive 2-3 other participants. I would be driving a Dodge Ram 2500 4-wheel drive truck and can take 1-2 passengers. We will be driving on good dirt/gravel roads in the Onaqui Herd Area and also be hiking short distance of less than a mile on foot to access the horses. We will be photographing in the early morning and late afternoon to capture the good light and follow the movement of many bands of wild horses. We will take a mid-day break at a lovely desert oasis camp with shade trees (optional) or you may return to town for lunch. At the camp there is fresh water as well as pit toilets.
We will meet up again at a designated spot for a late afternoon and evening photo shoot.
Field instruction would include camera and lens selection, exposures for action and slow-motion techniques to capture movement. Digital techniques to add artistic flare to photography of horses will also be discussed. We will learn how to approach a herd of wild horses with quiet body language and proper distance. We will safely and unobtrusively photograph many wild horses but be ready for lots of action! Each group member will provide their own digital camera with telephoto lens capable of 300-400mm or more.
I will be providing education on wild horses including history, herd behavior and dynamics. Workshop participants will also be able to see and enjoy the wild horses and the beauty and diversity of the Onaqui HA/HMA, which is rich in other wildlife and scenic attractions.
Participants will stay in Toole, Utah, which is about 45 minutes from the herd area. There is a selection of hotels, restaurants, stores, gas stations, etc. Hotel and food are at participant’s own expense. I will provide drinking water and snacks each day on the range. There is flexibility built into the 4 days! We will meet at a predetermined place near the herd area each morning.
Does being a cowgirl mean that you ride and work with horses and cattle? Yes, it does but there is also something more here then meets the eye. Being a cowgirl means that you have a independent spirit, are ready and willing to face new challenges that come your way, and are tenacious in pursuing new goals, whether you work with horses or not. I love photographing the western way of life and the women that work and support this lifestyle. I am also posting a link to an excellent interview that Barbra Schulte made with cutting horse trainer Lindy Burch, of Weatherford, Texas. Lindy is a professional cutting horse trainer and cowgirl superstar who has won over $4,000,000 in the cutting arena. She is in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame as well as the NCHA Hall of Fame, to name of few of her accomplishments. You will love hearing Lindy’s Cowgirl State of Mind for yourself. I am also including a few of my cowgirl images taken around the West for a little inspiration.
Here is the link to Barbra Schulte’s interview with Lindy Burch
workshop fee $900 deposit $300 to hold your spot
Join me for 4 days of photographing the beautiful and diverse Onaqui wild horses of Utah. This herd is only about 1 1/2 hours southwest of Salt Lake City. It’s one of the most dynamic, colorful, and easiest herds of wild horses to photograph. They number around 350 and are divided into various bands that live within a large high desert valley rich in wildlife and scenic diversity. The bands of wild horses include mares, foals, and stallions, which frequently overlap with each other forming larger herds. The group of photographers will be small of about 5-7 people keep the experience relaxed and focused on learning. Some participants would need to bring or rent an all wheel drive or four wheel drive vehicle and we will driving on easy, flat well maintained dirt and gravel roads. We will photograph in early morning and late afternoon to capture the best light and follow the movement of the horses.We will take a break on the range in a lovely desert oasis camp with shade trees at mid day for a lunch (provided). The camp is a great place to relax until the mid afternoon photo shoot. There is fresh water and also pit toilets at the camp. We will safely and unobtrusively photograph many of the wild horses but be ready for lots of action. You would need to provide your own digital camera with a telephoto lens of 300-400mm. I will be providing education on wild horses including history, herd behavior and dynamics, and also non politicized information on challenges facing range managers with fast reproducing large animals whose territory sometimes overlaps with delicate riparian areas, and endangered and threatened species habitat. Workshop participants will also be able to see and enjoy not only the wild horses but the beauty and diversity of the Onaqui HA/HMA which is rich in other wildlife and scenic attractions. Participants will stay in Toole, Utah which is about 45 minutes from the herd area. There is a selection of hotels, restaurants, gas stations, etc. Hotel and food other than lunch is at participants own expense. I will provide lunch each day on the range and will have additional drinking water. We will meet at a predetermined place near the herd area each morning.
I have recently been creating quite a few very large custom fine art prints on canvas for a variety of clients. “Serenity,” an image of two mustangs from the Sulphur complex in Utah was completed a few months ago and you can see how nice a large print of equine art can look in a house with modern decor.
This was a very large piece and printed on loose matt canvas with the finished custom framing by a local gallery. I can do a variety of sizes on canvas so if you don’t see what your looking for, please email me for specific details on a custom piece.
In early November I attended the opening as a participant in a marvelous art show, Click-“The West Through the Lens” at the Phippen western Art Museum in Prescott, Arizona. 12 photographers included notables as Jay Dusard, Scott Baxter, Cheyenne Rouse, Bev Pettit, and many others showcased 6 pieces making for a very diverse and interesting exhibition.
If you are in the Prescott area, please drop by the Phippen Museum to see the show as it will on display until mid-MArch.