I am repeatedly amazed at the tenacity and good ‘ol gumption of CTR riders. Sunday is typically an early start. In this case most everybody was up and going by 5 AM to be ready for this pre-dawn vet check. Then on the trail just after sunrise. 20 to 25 miles and back to camp so they can cleanup and get ready for awards and pull-out. For photographers, if we have worked well on Saturday, Sunday is play day.
Time to let the creative juices flow. Explore and create. Intercept the riders in new spots and look for the special moment or background. We started the day with a beautiful sunrise in camp. Later Deborah Keene-Starr was taking photos from a tree to get a lake background and I was playing with a low angle shot after the horse come up a small hill. All in all, great fun.
The final ride also brought news that one of our Region IV riders will win the NATRC Presidents Cup. Congratulations to Jonni Jewell and Hank. You can read about the run for the cup on her blog here. Jonni is a darn good photographer who has help me out on many occasions. Thankfully she prefers to photograph concerts and participates in rides. If it was the other way around I would have far less shoots. Her photo gallery is here.
It has been a great NATRC season. Thanks to all the riders and staff who put up with me trying new things and accepting my failures with a good heart. Truly this is the great group of instructors of trail photography. Great riders and, a lot of fun to be with on the trail.