Posted Tue Feb 5 3:56PM
Don't Miss Out On This Summer Photography Adventure! It is sure to change how you think about shooting!
"Alien Cowboys Stampede"
This is a must attend event for photographers everywhere who want to expand their photography experience and walk away with some very marketable images and memories to last a lifetime.
Who: Photographers wanting new avenues to explore with their photography.
When: June 26th-30th (Wednesday the 26th in the evening to Sunday the 30th in the morning.)
Where: Parade Rest Guest Ranch
West Yellowstone, Montana
Yellowstone National Park is just a few minutes away.
What: This event will feature a packed schedule of up to two sets a day with four shooting pods in each
set. So you will be shooting close to 8 different set up shots a day for 3 days. And one the night you
arrive. More information on this will be available as we get closer to the dates.
Organizers will be: Nikon Dealer, Christopher Balmer, Istock Diamond, Kriss Russell and our special guest, Rayce Bird.
Rayce grew up in Shelley, Idaho. And through his hard work and a dedicated spirit of creativity has
become our own local celebrity! Rayce studied Virtual Technology and Design at the University of Idaho.
Combining his knowledge, talents, inspiration and expertise, a star was born. Rayce became Winner of
ScyFy Face Off season 2. He is currently working on 3D simulator concepts and designs, multiple projects
for Adobe Photoshop, scripts and production designs for three films. Numerous other special FX makeup
Rayce is driven by the desire to become an innovator in the special effects industry by combining virtual technology with classic techniques. His design style integrates a variety of types of art - tattooing, graphic design, 3D special effects and music. His inspiration came from a Halloween mask he found in a Halloween Shop in Salt Lake City, and the Movies Predator and Aliens.
His areas of expertise include: Special FX makeup, prosthetic application, sculpting, character design, digital painting, Graphic Designer, tattoo artist, video game designer and animator. Rayce grew up in Shelley, Idaho. He is currently working on 3d simulator concepts and designs, multiple projects for Adobe Photoshop, scripts and production designs for three films. Numerous other special FX makeup related projects. Working with designs by Rayce is certainly an experience you don't want to miss!
Here is a sampling of the the venues that you may have the opportunity to photograph.
This list is subject to change as we add or delete for a better lineup of shooting opportunities for your enjoyment.
Two sessions of these two pods because there is so much to capture.
1 Morning Session/ 1 Evening Session
Wild Horses being driven through the Aspen trees.
Silhouettes of Cowboys/Campfires and other set up shots
Light Painting - Old wagon and some set up shots with the cowboys/cowgirls, there.
Don't be fooled. This event is not just Western shooting. You will be shooting everything from real working cowboys and running herds of wild horses, to the unique and unusual, compliments from the well known makeup and scyfi artist Rayce Bird. He will be attending three days of the event with us and will add some unique twists to our shoots.
There are 16 slots available.
A $250.00 Deposit is required to hold your spot. Deposit is due by March 1, 2013.
The Balance is Due by April 1st, 2013. No refunds will be issued after April 1st.
Cost: The “all inclusive” investment is $1,099.00
This rate includes lodging, three meals a day, all activities on the ranch including unlimited horseback riding per schedule, fly fishing, hiking, biking and western outdoor cookouts when you are not shooting. Packed lunches are available for day trips into Yellowstone Park or day hikes.
You will be shooting 2 sets a day with four rotating pods in each set. The night of the 26th, there will
also be another shoot after dinner. In all there will be a set each morning and night to shoot with 4
rotating pods. That means there will be aprox. 25 different set up senerios to shoot, aprox eight each
day and one the night you get there.
You will be shooting everything from real working cowboys and running herds of wild horses, to the unique and unusual, compliments from the well known makeup and scifi artist Rayce Bird. He will be attending three days of the event with us and will add some unique twists to our shoots.
Call for further information 208-523-6789
You can make your payment securing your slot by sending either the deposit or balance to the PayPal address below.
Then let me know that you have sent it by sending me a quick note on Istock, stating your full name, when you are from and which ticket you wish to purchase.
If payment isn't made by March 1st, your name will be removed from the Attendee list and the next person on the Alternate list will move up into the Attendee list.
Full ticket Deposit Due $250-March 1st/Balance $1099-April 1st. Social ticket Deposit $100-March1st/Balance $560-April 1st. Deposits are non-refundable unless there is a family death or something equally unforseen happens in your life.
1. * ramona1166 Istock Contributor
2. * fstop123 Istock Diamond Contributor
3. * Chauntel Plopper Photographer
4. * urbancow Istock Black Diamond Contributor
5. * Mlenny Istock Black Diamond Contributor
6. * bravobravo Istock Gold Contributor
7. * asiseeit Istock Black Diamond Contributor
8. * xavierarnau Istock Diamond Contributor
9. * juliebirch Istock Bronze Contributor
10. * Boogich Istock Bronze Contributor
11. * NicolasMcComber Istock Silver Contributor
12. ** ktmoffitt Istock Silver Contributor
13. * kbwills Istock Silver Contributor
14. * JohnnyGreig Istock Diamond Contributor
15. * JasonDoiy Istock Silver Contributor
16. * EMPPhotography Istock Silver Contributor
Any NEW ATTENDEE has 24 hours or until 10:00 am the following morning to submit their deposit to Paypal to me to secure their Attendee slot. If for any reason I do not hear from you regarding this deposit, I will move on to the next Alternate and they will have a 24 hour window to confirm their slot on the Atendee list with said Deposit.
Filled. We are now moving to our alternate list.
5. George Peters
1. * Trace Plopper
2 ** - ktmoffitt & Son
3. * - pink_cotton_candy
4. * - SteveDF
5. *- andipantz
6. * - Brent Nelson
1. * diane555
2. * Bethany Wood
3. Steve Hatch
Please send me a quick site mail telling me your full name, male or female, and where you are from. Thank you!
Parade Rest Guest Ranch is located 10 miles NorthWest of West Yellowstone, Montana.
It is nestled in a grove of aspen and cottonwood trees along the Grayling Creek.
ACCOMMODATIONS: The Ranch has rustic log cabins with modern beds and baths. Electric
propane-fired heaters, and wood stoves are the source of heat.
RATES: "ALL-INCLUSIVE' rates includes lodging, three meals a day, all activities on
the ranch, including unlimited horseback riding per schedule, fly fishing, hiking,
biking and western outdoor cookouts.
MEALS: A central dining room serves plenty of home cooked style meals. If you are
going to be away from the Ranch during the day, a box lunch is available to be taken
with you for your day's activities. The Ranch also has a community lodge for social
gatherings. An outdoor hot tub provides and excellent place to soak wear muscles
after a day of outdoor fun.
HORSEBACK RIDING: Wrangler guided horseback rides are available every day except Sunday.
Novices can enjoy leisurely, 1-hour or 2-hour morning, afternoon, and sunset rides while
the more advanced riders can enjoy 4-hour excursions into higher elevations. Children
under 8 years of age will enjoy wrangler-led corral rides in our pasture.
FISHING: Fishing licenses for non-residents are $15.00 for 2 days, $30.00 for four days,
$50.00 for the season in West Yellowstone. Fishing inside of Yellowstone National Park
requires a $10.00 ten day fishing permit and a $20.00 entrance permit available at any
entrance or visitor's center.
WEATHER: Weather in this part of Montana can be unpredictable, so it is best to be
prepared for a variety of conditions. Daytime temperatures can be in the 70's although
they may reach the mid-80's during July and August. Night temperatures are generally
in the 30-40 degree range, and it can rain at any time. Spring and FAll bring pleasant
days with lower daytime temperatures and crisp, cool evenings. Anytime during the
season, the sun at this altitude is intense. It is wise to bring sunscreen and a hat
to provide shade.
CLOTHING: The entire Yellowstone area is very casual. You will want to pack clothes that
are easily layered, remembering jeans will take you anywhere you go. In your packing,
remember to include a warm jacket for the cool mornings and evenings, some type of rain
gear, a swimsuit for the hot tub, and a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Horseback riders
should include: jeans, boots or shoes with heels, gloves, and a lightweight jacket,
sweater, or sweatshirt and a hat with stampeded strap. Fly fishermen need to include:
waders, long underwear for possible cold mornings, rain gear and a lightweight jacket.
Additionally, a vest for early mornings and evenings may be wise.
AIRPORTS & TRANSPORTATION: The Parade Rest Ranch provides complimentary round trip transfers
for our guests from the West Yellowstone airport which is serviced by Sky West/Delta out of
Salt Lake City, UT, starting mid-June through September. Rental cars are also available at
the airport. Bozeman, MT, just 90 miles to the North, is serviced by Northwest, Delta, and
Horizon airlines. Transportation service to West Yellowstone is available from 4X4 Stage at
1-800-517-8243. PRR can provide transportation from the Bozeman airport for an additional fee
of $100.00 round-trip. Idaho Falls, ID, 110 miles to the South is served by Delta and Alaska
airlines. Rental cars are also available at all airports.
NOTE: Send your deposit by March 1st, and your balance by April 1st to secure your slot. I will be using Paypal only. Send to Ken@Krissrussell.com
Rules for Social Tickets
The event organizer, Christopher Balmer, has a 2 year contract with PRR which gives him Exclusive Rights to all photography, commercial or not, on the property. This brings up some interesting questions as to what can be shot by a Social Ticket Attendee. I hope to answer these questions here, at the beginning of the forum to clear up any questions people may have before hand. Those individuals that have purchased a Full Ticket are under no phtography restrictions as far as the event is concerned whether it is commercial or private. You just need to make sure you have releases for everything and everybody you will be shooting. Diane555 will be spearheading MR and PR releases for everyone.
Social Ticket Attendees are not allowed to bring in models and set up any other shoots during the event on this property. But, you may get models and set up shoots off site any time during your stay with Parade Rest Ranch. There is plenty of pretty scenery around to work with along with area locals that might mug for you.
Nor, can Social Ticket Attendees, take any pictures with any of the models during the event, unless you are taking behind the scene shots specifically for the event organizers. This will have to be cleared through the organizers if you wish to do this. All ranch hands are considered models and eligible to be pulled at any moment for a shoot. So they are off limits as well. The only way around this is if your family is using the facilities (horses, bikes, rods and reels) and you take pictures of them. Then it will be allowed. Family horseback or bike riding etc. Any family picture taking is allowed.
I am double checking to make sure this is correct and if there is anything else I need to add. I know we placed the cost of this event low to give everyone a chance to come that wanted to. So I hope everyone feels positive about these restrictions and the cost. I am required to work within the parameters that Chris Balmer, has given me to work with according to the contract he has in place with Parade Rest Ranch. I hope this clears up questions concerning ST shooting.
Hi Everyone. Every event has to have a fun T-shirt and we will be no exception!
Perfect Light Camera and Screen Graphics in Idaho Falls have put together a great deal for us!
If you would like to order a T-shirt, you can choose from:
Black or white: short sleeve $18 USD or long sleeve or 3/4 length sleeve $20 USD.
We will collect the payment when you pick up the shirt at the event so please do not send payment in advance. If you want to order T-shirt(s) please send me a sitemail with the style, color & size or sizes and I will send the info along. Please get back to me by Sunday April 14.
Here's a preview of the design.
Here are the cabin assigments: I realize there may be some problems here, and I hope everyone is OK with me posting this information. So please feel free to let me know if you have any concerns and I will see what I can do. Did I miss anyone?!!! Let me know ASAP!
Please take note: Cabins, Creek North and Creek South, are the same building as are the Upper Aspen and the Lower Aspen.
NOTE: THE ROOM ASSIGNMENTS HAVE CHANGED AS OF 6/24/2013 Check and see if you have been moved. Re-edit at 5:05 pm MST.
Parade Rest Ranch Housing Assignments for
June 26th - June 30th 2013
Upper Aspen 3Q 1T
1Q Rene Mansi FT 1 Full Bath, 4 seperate bedrooms, Top Floor
1Q Nicholas McComer FT
1Q Steve Debenport ST
1T Johnny Greig
1 Q Julie Birch FT 1 Full Bath, 2 Bedrooms, Lower Floor
1 Q Xavier Arnau FT
Gallatin 2Q 1T
1Q Birte Beneke FT 1 Bath 2 Bedrooms
1 Q Alex Hafeman FT
Grayling Double 1Q 2T
1 Q Steve Hatch STAFF 1 Bath, 2 Bedrooms
1 T Christopher Balmer STAFF
Grayling Single 2Q
1 Q Ken Russell FT 1 Bedroom, 1 bath
1 Q Kriss Russell
1 Q Evelyn EMPPhotography FT 1 Room Cabin, 1 bath
Homestead 1Q 3T
1 Q Pam Moore FT 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
1 T Chauntel Plopper FT
1 T Chauntel's Son ST
Homestead North 1K 1Q
1 K Ramona Murdock FT 1 Room Cabin, 1 Bath
1 Q Lorraine Boogich FT
Homestead South 1Q 2T
1 Q Katie Moffitt FT 1 Room Cabin, 1 Bath
1 T Katie's Son ST
1 Q Andrea Gingerich ST 1 Room Cabin, 1 Bath
1 Q Dawn (PCC) ST
Creek North 2Q
1 Q Diane555 FT 1 Room Cabin 1 Bath
1 Q Bethany ST
1 Q Steve Froebe FT 1 Room Cabin, 1 Bath
1 T Kerian Wills
1 T Jason Doiy
1 Q MM ST 1 Room Cabin, 1 Bath
1 T FT
Mammoth 1K 1Q 2T Staff 3 Bedrooms, 2 baths
1 K Rayce Bird Artist
1 Q Scott Lopez Assistant
1 T Model 1 Rotates for Costuming and FX Makeup
1 T Model 2 Rotates for Costuming and FX Makeup
ATTENTION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Arrival time at PRR will be between 3-4 PM on the 26th of June.
Social hour and Dinner: 5:00-6:15 PM
Note: All of the smaller shoots run the possiblity of change either because we have substituted something better or because of unexpected circumstances.
So all of you Alien Cowboy Stampede Attendees start hunting for small portable props to be used in the following numerous pod shoots. Now this could get interesting!
For our warm up shoot on the evening of the 26th we will have the following models in timed pod events for your shooting pleasure.
Pod 1 - Late 1800's Ghost Woman - (Halloween - SyFy - Wild West)
Pod 2 - Old Prospector Panning for Gold - (Life Style)
Pod 3 - Alien: by Rayce Bird (SyFy)
Pod 4 - Alien Cowgirl: by Rayce Bird (SyFy)
The morning of the 27th:
These Pods will be combined. Pods 1-4. This is also divided in to pod shooting time, but it will all be in the same vicinity and you can move through all the combined pods shooting all of the offerings during rotations. If you choose to go maverick on this particular shoot, you may not have any one model or prop for more than 12 minutes at a time so others will have an opportunity to work through everything there is to shoot as well. I think Diane555 said this sounds like we will be shooting in groups (paparazzi style). So true!
Running of the horses: We will all shoot together simutaneously. (Life Style - Wild West)
2 Authentic dressed Indian maidens (Wild West)
Cowboys/Portraiture (Life Style - Wild West)
Cowgirls/Portraiture (Life Style - Wild West)
There will also be milling around, Clyde, owner of PPR, and he will step into different authentic costuming as well. Indian chief, and several different costumes to be worn by Clyde or someone else during the entirety of the event will vary. These will various different looks that will portray a mountain man.
Evening of the 27th:
Pod 1 - Golden Couple: by Rayce Bird (Fantasy)
Pod 2 - Mountain Bikers with a new twist: by Rayce Bird and Bills Bike Shop (Sports and Life Style) (Sports & SyFy)
Pod 3 - Day of the Dead Bride and Groom with their own personal Stage Coach. By Rayce Bird (Fantasy)
Pod 4 - Horizon Cowboys and Cowgirls - Silhouettes with a campfire. (Life Style)
June 28th AM
Pod 1 - Fly Fishing Female (Life Style)
Pod 1 - Fly Fishing Male (Life Style)
Pod 2 - Cowboy Pod - Riding, Roping and Guitar (Life Style - Wild West)
Pod 2 - Mother & Two Young Cowgirl Daughters.
Pod 3 - Family on Horseback (Life Style) (4)
Pod 4 - Alien Cowboy - Signature piece by Rayce Bird (SyFy)
June 28th PM
Pods 1-4 will run at the same time. Just don't stay in any one area more than 12 minutes or keep any one model for 12 minutes. If you can stay with your group that would be most helpful.
Running of the Horses Evening Session (Life Style - Wild West)
Cowboy and Cowgirl Portraiture (Life Style - Wild West)
Alien Cowboy: Signature work by Rayce Bird (SyFy)
Cowboys in Campfire Silhouettes (Life Styles - Wild West)
June 29th AM
Pod 1 - Tattooed Cowboy: by Rayce Bird (Life Style)
Pod 2 - Water Nymph: Signature work by Rayce Bird (SyFy)
Pod 3 - Cowboy Bride and Groom (Life Style)
Pod 4 - Cowboy Romance Couple (Life Style)
June 29th PM
Pod 1 - Cowboy Cookout - (They won't be actually feeding you. Sorry) (Life Style)
Pod 2 - Western Family Picnic (4) (Life Style)
Pod 3 -Water Nymph - Signature Work by Rayce Bird (SyFy)
Pod 4 - Men In Black (3) (SyFy)
Lots of early mornings, late evenings and plenty of diverse, fun shooting! If for any reason, you choose not to shoot during a morning or evening session, remember, Yellowstone National Park is very close by and you also have all of the fun stuff at the ranch to do. Riding Horseback, hiking, mountain bikes . . . .
On all sessions, both mornings and nights we will have the same schedule. 6:30-11:15 Both AM & PM.
June 30th. Rise and Shine. You're burning daylight. Hope you all found shooting with us full of surprises and loaded with fun and that you liked shooting and enjoy your time with me, Chris, Rayce and Parade Rest Ranch.
I have been up all night, so if you see any descrepancies or have any questions, feel free to jump in and wake me up.
I hope this gives you an idea of what and how much there is to shoot at this event. You are going to be very busy!
(Edited on 2013-06-24 17:06:30 by LifeJourneys)
Posted Tue Feb 5 5:09PM
Hi everyone. Dieter was kind enough to let me borrow his post to add some information for you here.
Kriss put together a couple of sets of mapquestion directions for us to find our way to the ranch. Below is a dropbox link to download them. In it you will find..
Directions from Salt Lake City Airport to Parade Rest Ranch in West Yellowstone MT.
Directions from Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, MT To Parade Rest Ranch in West Yellowstone, MT
Can't wait t see you all there next week! I need to start packing.
(Edited on 2013-06-19 13:08:43 by diane555)
Posted Tue Feb 5 5:11PM
can we bring spouses?
Posted Tue Feb 5 6:22PM
I might expand the Social tickets to accomodate more people if there is room. Stay tuned and I will announce it above.
(Edited on 2013-02-07 10:43:24 by LifeJourneys)
Posted Tue Feb 5 7:04PM
14 Openings left.
Posted Tue Feb 5 8:11PM
Posted Tue Feb 5 8:28PM
interested - is this a lypse or something else?
Posted Tue Feb 5 8:36PM
Other people besides Istockers will be coming. I will be announcing the Social Tickets ASAP REad the next announcement by me below.
(Edited on 2013-02-05 21:14:20 by LifeJourneys)
Posted Tue Feb 5 8:53PM
Five Social Tickets going up for grabs. For the night of the 26th to the morning of the 30th of June the cost of a social ticket will be $560 for the event. Lodging and food are included and they can use the horses and other facilities as well. This is a little different than the usual Istockalypse.
(Edited on 2013-02-05 21:56:44 by LifeJourneys)
Posted Tue Feb 5 9:21PM
13 slots left.
Posted Wed Feb 6 12:38AM
Sounds great, put me down for a full ticket please
Posted Wed Feb 6 1:15AM
Awesome! Please put me on the list for a Full Ticket!!
Posted Wed Feb 6 1:33AM
11 slots left.
I will contact everyone tomorrow for confirmation and info for the deposit.
Posted Wed Feb 6 2:16AM
Hi Kriss, please add me to the full ticket list, too! Thanks a lot!
Posted Wed Feb 6 2:26AM
Posted Wed Feb 6 7:21AM
Sounds great, put me down for one ticket. I'm also interested bringing a spouse.
Posted Wed Feb 6 7:39AM
I would like to be on the list too !
Posted Wed Feb 6 7:42AM
I would like to be on the list too, please!
Posted Wed Feb 6 8:14AM
Send your deposit or your full payment by March 1 to secure your slot. I will be using Paypal only. Send to Ken@Krissrussell.com
Then let me know that you have sent it by sending me a quick note on Istock, stating your full name, when you are from and which ticket you wish to purchase.
If payment isn't made by March 1st, your name will be removed from the Atendee list and the next person on the Alternate list will move up into the Attendee list.
Posted Wed Feb 6 8:49AM
Please put me on the list.