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Christ, Crafts, Chorus, Campfires, and Cowboys

Christ, Crafts, Chorus, Campfires, and Cowboys – deep in the heart of Texas.

My Kansas to Texas and back again adventure ended much like it started; with snow. But the days in-between had some nice weather; mixed with a  little fog and a lot of rain on the drive back through Oklahoma.

The ladies from Christ Centered Retreats put on a great retreat at the Silver Spur Guest Ranch in Bandera, Tx. #1, #4, #5, and #7 were all involved with the preparations for this one; #1 and #4 are both on the CCR board. The ladies have worked hard to bring this non-profit to life and the hard work is paying off!

This retreat was themed Check Your Oil Ma’am and included, among others, a lesson by #4 on Thirteen Drops from the Bible. If you want to know more about CCR besure to look them up on Facebook or find their website.

I made the trip with my sisters (minus #3 who could not make it) to Silver Spur Ranch so that I could grab some images, enjoy the retreat, and check out the amazing Texas hill country. I think I accomplished all 3. I know I came home with many, many, many images for Christ Centered Retreats.

These are just a tiny sampling of the images from the weekend at the ranch; I hope they give you a good idea of all the great times that were had by all!

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Cowboys, Kids, & Complications

More from the fair!

One of the last events I attended at this year’s county fair was the ranch rodeo.

1/640 – f/7.1 – ISO 800 – 55mm
1/640 – f/7.1 – ISO 800 – 250mm

Yes, in the dirt again!

Several teams of cowboys competed in four events and worked hard to rope, and sort, and doctor, and trailer those cattle.

The kids even got in on the act and worked hard to chase down the calves and remove ribbons from their ears and tails to win a prize!

1/800 – f/7.1 – ISO 1600 – 131mm
1/800 – f/6.3 – ISO 1600 – 100mm
1/800 – f/6.3 – ISO 1600 – 171mm

The only one, or thing, not working hard was the lens I had chosen to use that night. It seems that it is having some kind of complications and just doesn’t want to focus.

Those complications left me with images that I thought were going to be unusable. The focus was much to soft and  they were going to need a large amount of work. If I could save them at all.

1/800 – f/6.3 – ISO 1600 – 123mm
1/640 – f/6.3 – ISO 3200 – 55mm
1/400 – f/5.6 – ISO 3200 – 154mm

I sharpened everyone of those rodeo shots the best I could using Camera Raw and then again in Photoshop. I used the sharpening sliders, I added contrast, I used the clarity slider, I used unsharp mask, I used a highpass filter, I added more contrast…. Well it all helped to sharpen up the focus but boy did it do a number on the colors. And oh the blown out highlights it caused!!


But then inspiration struck amongst all these complications and I hit on an idea.

After running a couple of pre-set actions, one including a black and white conversion, I had something that I kind of liked.

Well they aren’t the best rodeo images ever created but I think I’ll keep ’em.

1/500 – f/6.3 – ISO 3200 – 240mm
1/500 – f/6.3 – ISO 3200 – 250mm

Hmm…. Maybe I need to start one of those “go fund me” things for some new equipment. Anyone know how those work? 😀