Friday, March 9th, 2018 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Buckaroo County

28 years of documenting Great Basins buckaroos (1990-2018) mostly in northern Nevada, southeastern Oregon, northeast California, and parts of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. The buckaroos/Californios/vaqueros are a unique sub-culture of the bigger cowboy culture with their own traditions of horsemanship, stockmanship and gear. I have tried to especially document those who still follow the older traditions that aren’t seen much anymore that I remember from my youth growing up on a large cattle ranch in southeast Oregon.
A professional graphic and web designer, I am a master user of Photoshop and Lightroom. After taking over a million and a half photos since 1990, the sheer volume of them and need for speed, required that I also become a master of doing accurate color corrections using jpeg files not RAW. I have had to learn how to take action photos in extremely poor lighting conditions i.e. midday light and dark indoor arenas. Photos from this project have been featured  in many magazines and on many magazine covers. I have enjoyed sharing these photos with “the world” on Facebook and have a combined total of more than 700,000 followers on my three main pages.
I use a Nikon D4s camera and primarily a 28-300 lens for outdoor ranch and ranch rodeo photography; and a 70-200 f 2.8 lens for indoor photography.   I also acquired at Sigma 150-600 lens last December and have enjoyed a new passion for wild bird photography, taking more than 100 trips to Klamath Basin birding hotspots since then, taking approximately 40,000 photos so far.

Symposium Session Details

Symposium Speaker

Mary Williams Hyde, a graphic and web designer, grew up on a large cattle ranch near Bly, Oregon, and now lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She has a MS Degree in Fine Art and Communication and has had nearly fifty shows of her contemporary themed monoprints and paintings. For 27 years, she has made almost 350 trips throughout the Great Basin desert country of eastern Oregon, northern Nevada, northeast California, and parts of Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado, taking well over a million photos, documenting the people who keep the old buckaroo/vaquero/Californios traditions of horsemanship and stockmanship. She has been a professional photographer since 1972, and uses Lightroom, Photoshop, and a wide variety of Photoshop plugins for post-processing. She is a master user of all of these programs. She currently takes photographs with a Nikon D4s, and with the recent addition of a 150-600 Sigma lens, enjoys a new passion for bird photography, with more 100 trips so far this first year to Klamath Basin birding hotspots including some of the largest wildlife refuges on the Pacific Flyway in the nation.  She also has a total of more than 700,000 followers on Facebook on her three pages, making her the most “liked” photographer of any cowboy culture of the west and of rodeo photography. She now promotes her new interest in birding photography on Facebook, too. Other interests include quilting and being part of the core team that founded the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association which now sanctions events in thirteen western states and Canada.

Contact info:
Mary Williams Hyde
2705 California Avenue
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601
541 883-7456
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Mary Williams Hyde / Symposium Speaker