A New Ranch To Explore

One of the reasons I became a photographer was because I enjoyed exploring. One of the great things about Montana is that there is a whole lot of area to explore. One of those areas I got to explore recently was a private ranch outside of Columbus and not only was it a huge ranch it still had that old timey western feel, like at any point some outlaw was about to ride up on his horse.

One thing that can make a difference in your photography is to challenge yourself by only using one lens. While I was out at this ranch I did a lot of hiking. I decided to make life simple and carry only one lens, one body. The light was somewhat diffused but nothing worthwhile by going wide, so I went with the D5, 70-200 VRII and a TC-17E II in my pocket. I was looking for those pockets of light where the most drama could be found.

Obviously, I found an old building. It’s really not that hard to do in Montana, there are a lot of old structures still standing. Each one has its own characteristics which make it unique. This particular one was kinda sinking in on one side and slanted over on the other side. So when it comes to these structures showing these details are important.

As you can see even with just one lens, with a little time you can go from that wide shot, to the detail shot and capture the whole story. My favorite part is all the nails going in at an angle.

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