Photographing Wyoming from the Perspective of a Texan

Having heralded the beauty and mystic of the Lone Star State for over thirty years it is safe to say that I have a pretty good idea of the personality and aura that describes Texas and how to convey it to the readership. Or at least I hope I do!!  With so much diversity throughout the state as well as private land offering countless “one of a kind” subjects for consideration, I never tire of the photographic endeavor to describe the land, sky, people, weather and wildlife in this huge state, a land mass that was once a country in its own right.

 

Some years ago I traveled extensively to various regions of our America and into Mexico with the intent of covering one aspect or another in the targeted areas. Some of these excursions were for magazine assignments while others were for file images to secure potential future editorial sales. I always enjoyed my time spent in other places but yearned to return to my native Texas and its plethora of subjects available. About 20 years ago I realized what a treasure trove of subjects that I had at hand in the Lone Star State so decided to “pull in my horns” and concentrate all efforts on what my native land offered, a decision that I never regretted.

 

In about 2004 I was commissioned to do some extensive photographic coverage on a private ranch in the great state of Wyoming. Like Texas, it is a land of big ranches, oceanic skies, and great vistas so I thrilled at the opportunity to once more travel to a new place where I could ply my creative skills to a good end. For weeks this work continued and many useful and attractive images were attained throughout this time frame. When that work was done I once again focused the cameras on the land and life in my home state.

 

Only a few months ago I was again contacted by the ranch owner in Wyoming and a request was made for me to create a hard cover book on the same ranch I had covered some years before. I was elated at the prospects and looked forward to another golden opportunity to see and photograph such a splendid example of the Cowboy State.

Autumn foliage along a creek bottom. Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 70-200mm f2.8 and ISO 100.

 

Throughout the three decades of working with a camera I have found that when traveling to a new region my expectations become peaked and I look forward to seeing and offering the new subjects in a way that defines my personal style. Such is the way of artists throughout the world. Instead of horizontal plains and prairie rivers my intent in Wyoming are the rugged northern mountains, cold winters, big skies and the indigenous wild creatures quite foreign to my Texas.

 

Although this project is in its infant stages, I offer here a small sample of what has already been created. Welcome to the great state of Wyoming and its many faces from the perspective of a Texan.

Herd of antelope graze on a hillside above the ranch headquarters. Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 70-200mm f2.8L at 100 ISO.

 

Elk hunter glasses the canyons below. Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 24-105mm f4.0L and ISO 100.

 

Hunting guide bringing a trophy off of the mountain. Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 70-200mm f2.8L at ISO 100.

 

High country in the Laramie mountain region. Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 24-105mm f4.0L and ISO 100.

 

Ranch lake and Wyoming landscape. Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 70-200mm f2.8L at ISO 100.

 

Cutting horse barn. Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 45mmTilt Shift f3.5L lens at ISO 200 using Manfrotto tripod and panoramic tripod head. Three images stitched.

 

 

 

8 comments

  1. Ron Fossum Sr says:

    I enjoyed your pictures of Wyoming with a longing eye having lived there for 21 years. There are many beautiful areas that most don’t see as they pass through in route to other places on the interstates. Much like Texas and many other places just a mile off of an interstate there can be a view that most pass and never see.As an amateur photographer I’ve enjoyed taking a moment in time from Alaska to Texas and New york to Hawaii. All of creation has its beauty and I’ve enjoyed seeing some of the beauty from the perspective of your lens. Thanks for sharing, Ron Sr

  2. Paul King says:

    It’s easy to understand how a Texas rancher like you would also love Wyoming. Having been raised in West Texas, I still recall my first visit to Wyoming and the way my heart pounded when I saw the short grass prairie with the snowy range in the background. Wyoming was settled by Texans, in large measure, and we still feel the thrill that McMurtry’s Captains Call and McCrae felt (and that so paralleled the real experience of Goodnight and Loving).

  3. Deborah Schankler says:

    Liked your photos of Wyoming. Had a chance to spend a week there once. Drove up the red grade road into the Big Horn mountains and stayed at the Spear O Wigwam. Many good trails and a good horse, Dallas, to ride. Moose, marmots, and a river to cross each day. Listen to the reservoir water run down to Sheridan each night. Saw the cattle being driven up to lush Babione Creek Valley the morning I left from a ranch below. How those Moms did complain about their long trip uphill!

  4. Joost Tack says:

    Dear Mr Meizner,

    My name is Joost Tack and I work for Belgian television. We are currently working on a new travelling/cooking show. Our host, Jeroen Meus a young Belgian chef, is going to visit ten ‘kitchens’, ten locations that he absolutely wants to see. This goes from the kitchen of an aircraft carrier, over the kitchen of a three star sushi restaurant in japan to the kitchen of Foo Fighters on tour. Jeroen is crazy about food and extremely curious about how food is prepared and organised on these ten locations. So he wants to experience the cooking and lifestyle of those ten places by living/working there for a week. One of the environments if you will that Jeroen wants to experience is that of cowboys. So we want him to spend a week with working, real life, 21st century cowboys, that still propagate the cowboy way of life. Jeroen wants to learn what they eat, how they prepare it, and he wants to experience their ways. So we are looking for a ranch that could fit this profile of authenticity. Could you suggest some ranches where his could be possible? Are there still big cattle drives which we could join, to experience the ‘on the road’ feeling?

    Thank you very much for your reply.

    Sincerely yours.

    Joost

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  6. Jack Rizzo says:

    Dear Wyman,

    A friend of mine sent me your “West Texas” video. I love it. As a native Texan working in the Oil & Gas industry for 40+ years, I too have traveled the great State of Texas. Over my career I have made pictures of the state’s scenic beauty, from windmills to cactus to mountains and wildlife. During the late 1990′s and early 2000′s I established a regional office in Casper, WY. I too can relate to the overall beauty of the great State of Wyoming. It so reminds me of Texas. After looking at your website and sharing your video with my son it turns out his wife had purchased an autographed copy of one of your publications. He, like me, are avaid photographers that enjoy the outdoors. Keep your website up as we enjoy your vision of the American West.

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