Wilderness Workshops

Starry Night Photography

Artist in Residency: Barbara Van Cleve

July 18–21, 2016

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Join acclaimed ranch-life photographer and Cowgirl Hall of Fame honoree Barbara Van Cleve for a unique and captivating photography workshop. The workshop will take place both indoors and under Montana’s Big Sky at night. Van Cleve is known for her spectacular nighttime imagery, and she will instruct all workshop participants on how to capture vivid, dreamy photographs under a starry, moonlit sky. With more than 50 solo photography exhibits to her name and a lifetime of experience in the West and on ranches, Van Cleve will show you new ways of visualizing, conceptualizing and capturing the images you want to share with the world.

The Starry Night workshop is primarily for beginner photographers interested in learning digital camera techniques. Van Cleve will help you understand the features of your camera and teach you how to produce emotional, dramatic photographs with camera lenses and filters. She will also provide instruction on HDR (high dynamic range) photographs as well as on shooting and blending layers. Participants will be shooting extensively in moonlight and starlight (weather permitting).

Barbara Van Cleve

As a photographer, Van Cleve has held a camera since she was 11 years old, when her parents gave her a Brownie camera and a home developing kit. Her interest in photography and documenting ranch life soon grew into a lifelong commitment. Along the way, she earned an MA in English Literature at Northwestern University, and she was a Dean of Women at DePaul University. She taught literature and photography for more than 25 years at DePaul, Loyola University and Mundelein College.

Van Cleve moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1980 to concentrate on photography full-time, and she had her first major exhibition in Fall 1985. In Fall 1995, her book Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women was published by the Museum of New Mexico Press, and she was inducted into the Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. All This Way for the Short Ride (with poet Paul Zarzyski) was published in 1997, and Holding the Reins was published by HarperCollins in February 2003. She resides in Big Timber, Montana, her hometown, where she has a photography studio and is close to her family’s ranch.

Workshop Schedule

Monday, July 18, 2016
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Photography by Moonlight workshop in the Shorthorn Pen
8:30pm – 10:30pm: Cowgirl at Dusk demonstration and workshop departing from the Bull Barn

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
7:00am – 9:00am: Gathering the Horses at Dawn photography demonstration at the Wilderness Outpost
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Photography review workshop in the Shorthorn Pen

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Photography by Moonlight workshop in the Shorthorn Pen
8:30pm – 10:30pm: Moonlight Over the Big Blackfoot River demonstration and workshop

Thursday, July 21, 2016
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Photography by Moonlight workshop in the Shorthorn Pen
8:30pm – 10:30pm: Cowgirl at Dusk demonstration and workshop departing from the Bull Barn

Contact Concierge Services at 406-244-7366 (ext. 7366) for schedules and to sign up for Wilderness Workshops.

Note: Guests must provide their own cameras and should bring the corresponding instruction manuals. Guests must also provide their own tripod or monopod for all evening photography sessions.

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