Day 1) May 31, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Day 2) June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Alberta Foothills Ranching Country
Lead: Scott Baxter
What inspires your work? The intricacy of the beadwork on the First Nations Princess’ crown, the dichotomy between modern and historic West, the rugged appearance of the true working cowboy, wildlife and nature? All of this, and more, will meet you at this year’s edition of Shoot The West. We’ve curated an exclusive and epic two-day photographer’s clinic with one of North America’s leading photographers of the West. Critically and commercially acclaimed photographer Scott Baxter will guide your creativity and aid you in a workshop that you will surely remember for years to come.
Friday, May 31 – “Faces of the West.”
Workshop participants will meet Baxter at the exclusive working and “movie set” location of John Scott Ranch. Upon arrival you will be greeted with thundering buffalo, movie sets from Academy-award winning westerns, old-West wagons, ghostly scenes and mustangs. The feature of the day will be on portraiture – stunning and intriguing “models” – all real characters of the West, will be on hand for photographers to capture and represent, against an incredible backdrop of western landscape and movie sets. A large theme of Baxter’s work is sharing story through image, therefore it’s fitting the focus of “Faces of the West” will be on sharing the stories behind these models using your creativity with the sets and through the images you will capture.
Saturday, June 1 – “Images of the West”
Our second day is set at the historic A7 Ranche. The A7 Ranche is rooted in tradition, and the business and political history of Alberta over the past 125 years. It was founded by A.E. Cross in 1886, who picked the ‘A7’ brand to symbolize himself and his six siblings. It is said to be the oldest ranch in Canada still in the hands of the original owners, right through to present-day owner John Cross.
At the A7, you will be focusing on action, movement and landscape and craft your own classic images of the West. Whether that be the ranch cowboys at work, or the stunning vistas of the 13,000 acres of open grassland in the eastern slopes (foothills) of the Canadian Rockies of the ranch. The ranchers at A7 co-exist with pretty much every kind of wild animal native to the foothills: grizzlies and black bears, cougars and lynx, ungulates like moose, elk, mule and white-tailed deer; predatory birds like golden and bald eagles and hawks, waterfowl like geese and pelicans, songbirds, and an abundance of small mammals, like skunks, coyotes, gophers, muskrat and beaver. For the obvious reasons, none of these animals can be “scheduled” to appear on the day of the workshop, however, at the A7 Ranche – because of it’s commitment to sustainability and living with nature – wildlife is in abundance and typically sighted. In addition, photographers may have the opportunity to shoot the exterior of the Braehead, the original ranch house built by A.E. Cross in 1914, and now uninhabited for many years.
We’ll celebrate a successful workshop and wrap up day two of the workshop with an optional stop at the Way Out West Market – Head West – at the Calgary Polo Club grounds for anyone interested.
Max Number of Attendees – 10 per day.
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What to bring: warm clothing and raingear (just in case), a water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, head protection, and of course, all the camera gear you wish to carry for the day.
Note: Pro photography gear is NOT a must.
Event will be held rain or shine.