Behind the Photo
Dad often gets his photo ideas from TV Westerns, movies, Old West paintings and dime novels.
“You’ve seen the action some place,” Dad said. “You read a lot of books, looked at a lot of ancient paintings and seen a lot of movies. I got the idea for ‘Sedona Stage’ after watching Mel Gibson in ‘Maverick’. Of course if you do something based on something you saw, it’s going to look totally different than theirs because it’s so hard to shoot this stuff and you want to make it your own.”
To get the look he wanted, Dad shot the stagecoach at his friend Red Wolverton’s ranch in Arizona. He snagged images of the red, red rock formation in Sedona, Arizona. Then he carefully blended the images in Photoshop to create a new piece of Old West art.