Steve Thornton  
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Steve was in Wolcott, Colorado shooting some winter cowboy imagery. This day started at 5:30 am when the alarm goes off. Getting out of bed, dressing just enough to walk outside in the -7 degree (-22 C) weather to see if the weather forecast was correct or totally wrong. This morning the forecast held and there no need to send out the dreaded "The shoot is cancelled due to weather" text messages.

The evening before Steve had stacked all of the gear close to the door as to make sure nothing was left in the frenzy of packing the four wheel drive truck and driving on a mix of snow, ice and cold asphalt. After putting on a pair of wool socks, and installing a set of "Toasty Toes" in his snow boots and the large sized hand warmers in his ski gloves (Steve does not ski, but found this pair or ski gloves that had a pouch to put the hand warmers into in Aspen many years ago). He then tied a silk wild rag around his neck, pulled on his ski pants and coat and stepped out once again into the brisk pre-dawn air noticing that there was the faintest of a hint of pre-dawn sunlight to the east.

Steve, and Tommy, the cowboy, loaded into the truck at 6 am to drive to the ranch. Tommy then called in the herd, picked the 2 mounts needed and tacked them up to ride. One for Tommy and the other one was for Steve. At this point it was about -9 degrees (-23° C) and the still air finally started to move into a slight wind. Steve rode to the locaation with Tommy and started to shoot at once. 50 minutes later they were done.

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The list of Gear:
Canon 5D MKIII camera set to 100 ISO with a
Canon 70-200 mm zoom lens with a
SmallHD monitor and hood attached using a
Gitzo CF tripod with a
Sachtler fluid head.

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