Yippee ki yay!

“Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’,
Though the streams are swollen,
Keep them dogies rollin’, rawhide.
Through rain and wind and weather,
Hell bent for leather,
Wishin’ my gal was by my side.
All the things I’m missin’,
Good vittles, love, and kissin’,
Are waiting at the end of my ride.”
Part of the theme to Rawhide by Ned Washington and Dimitri Tiomkin

Like many other kids my age, I wanted to be a cowboy. I wanted to be a quick draw, ride the dusty trails and camp beneath the starry skies. But that was before I knew how hard they had to work and what a tough lifestyle it was.

Al Golub, former director of photography at the Modesto Bee and photo instructor at Modesto Junior College, recently told me about a great photo opportunity open to photographers of all levels. On Aug. 7 and 14 there will be two day-long photographic workshops at the Erickson Family Cattle Company in the high country near Yosemite National Park. From the beautiful scenics of the Sierras to the rugged working cowboys, there will be lots of photo opportunities.

Golub and photographer Rebecca Harvey will be the faculty and will be on hand to give shooting tips and to critique the participants’ work. So you can capture the hard work and rough faces of the hired hands, take in the majesty of the mountains, and, for a day, get a taste of the cowboys’ life.

The workshop costs $250 and the registration deadline is July 19. Here are some contacts for more information:

Rebecca Harvey
PO Box 250
Coulterville, CA 95311
(209) 878-3055
renis.harvey@starband.net

Andra Erickson
PO Box 207
Snelling, CA 95369
(209) 852-2276
erickson.andra@gmail.com

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