Behind the Photo
Dad shot this dramatic scene in pieces, employing a bit of movie magic to capture amazing action. The longhorns and cowboys were shot in a corral on a private ranch in Colorado. Dad and his crew built 16- foot tall screens around the corral and then painted them blue.
The “blue screen”, something used every day in movies, allows the producer drop actors into things like spaceships or flying cars and still have it look realistic.
In Dad’s case, he captured the longhorns and cowboys in Colorado. Back at his studio in Dallas, he used Adobe Photoshop to blend the cattle with a mountain background from Big Bend National Park. Much like a painter, Dad used the tools of the trade to craft memorable Old West art.