Thursday, May 18, 2017

That's a Wrap! Part 1: Outlaw Camp


I recently had the opportunity to hang out with my favourite historian/journalist/photographer team, Chris and Connie of Off The Beaten Path - with Chris & Connie. They do a fabulous job of documenting and sharing places around Alberta, from historic sites, to our amazing natural areas, with some retro and other neat stuff thrown in too! Their informative and fun approach to writing is complimented with stunning photos. I have been following their adventures for awhile and was thrilled to be asked to join them! For this 'assignment' they invited me to tag along to a western movie set south of Calgary. This particular location has been home to many movies, television shows, commercials, and recently a music video.

Outlaw Camp c.2017...or is it?
This phenomenal setting in southern Alberta is located in the foothills and is home to 3 sets, nicknamed: Western Town, Outlaw Camp, and The Ranch. As well as the sets, there is access to livestock, buggies, wagons, and many other props. Everything you need to make an authentic looking period production.

After we were shown the area by the Ranch Manager, and maneuvered our way through pastureland full of cows and calves, we had the place to ourselves to explore and capture on film (technically on a memory card but film sounds better!).

Time to ride into the Outlaw Camp! Looking for something to shoot...with our cameras.

Standing in the Outlaw Camp, nestled at the base of some small hills and a few steps from the Sheep River, you'd never know it was a set. You half expect a posse of lawmen to come over the hill looking for a fugitive. Cue the gunfight!! I even said to myself  'they should have built camp on high ground to see anyone coming'.  Enjoy Outlaw Camp and stay outta trouble!

Stable Your Horse and come in for a whisky!


The old watering hole never closes!


The latest news!

Extra! Extra!


Stay tuned for Part 2: Western Town!


I would like to give another big thanks to team BigDoer, Chris and Connie. I enjoyed myself and learned a few things from watching you guys in action! Such a great evening.


11 comments:

  1. Cool stuff! I'd love to go out with the Doer's one day...they get to the most amazing places that I've never even heard of. And of course I want to get out with you as well as we've chatted over this last year of many adventures.

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    1. Thanks Neil! It was great to be on the BigDoer team for a night. So many places I want to see, so little time! Lol
      Hopefully this summer!

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  2. That place is wonderful. Just...wonderful! Am so looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    1. Thanks Vicki! It was a really fun experience. On the flip side, I would love to see it bustling with activity!

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  3. Fantastic~ Jenn, it was a absolute blast hanging with you. And your photography and writing skills....you are getting real good. Bravo. Can't wait for the next installment. Ours wont be for a while - still working on stuff from last year!

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  4. Thanks Chris, I appreciate that!
    Can't wait to read it. I know you took way more photos so it will be neat to see it from your perspective.

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  5. That's the kind of place I'd like to live. Appalachia is nice, but the trees just close in over you and you can't see 15 feet, especially this time of year.

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    1. Hi Harry, it's beautiful here! The Rocky Mountains to the west, prairies to the east, and the foothills in between. Appalachia sounds nice for a visit, but I think I am used to more open spaces lol. Also I'll avoid Chatanooga!

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  6. That place looks very authentic...and the buffalo beans were in bloom too! Sounds like a good time was had by all.

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    1. Buffalo beans! I didn't know what they were called, thanks! ๐Ÿ˜Š
      It was a great time, parts 2 & 3 coming soon!

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