Mendoza Ranch, King City CA 2012

Mendoza Ranch, King City CA 2012

San Juan Mountains Colorado Pack Trip 2008

San Juan Mountains Colorado Pack Trip 2008

Lake San Antonio CA Branding 2011

Lake San Antonio CA Branding 2011


Dale McCormick grew up in southwestern Minnesota, during that magical era when TV and movie directors romanticized the Wild-West. 

In his early 20's Dale purchased his first 35mm camera and began his move west, traveling through and working in areas such as; the Black Hills of South Dakota, Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, the Central Coast Range of California, and the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies.

It was during his travels west where his fascination with the life of the American cowboy evolved; photographing images at the local rodeos, roundups, ranch brandings, and vaquero heritage festivals. 

Dale’s passion for capturing the culture and lifestyle of today’s American Cowboy has brought him to the Panhandle of Idaho. His ability to rope and ride has gained him the respect of the hard working cowboys and ranchers that he photographs. It’s that acceptance that has opened invitations to ranching and equine events wherever he travels.

Now living in Sandpoint Idaho, he continues his quest to photograph the workings of today’s American western legends.

San Juan Mountains Colorado Pack Trip 2007

Below is a partial list of the cameras, lenses and equipment used to shoot our images.

  • Canon Equipment:

EOS 5D MK III Digital SLR Body

Ø      Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip

EOS 7D Digital SLR Body

Ø      Canon BG-E7 Battery Grip

  • My lenses include:

EF 100-400mm F/1:4.5-5.6-L IS II USM

EF 70-200mm F1:4-L IS USM

EF 24-70mm F1:2.8-L USM - Macro 0.38m/1.3 ft.

EF 17-40mm F1:1.4-L USM Wide Angle

‘Tokina’ 10-17mm F1:3.5-4.5 DX Fisheye (for pano images)

  • Tele extender:

2x EF Extender III

  • Lights:

430EX II flash Speedlite

Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Control

Vello ShutterBoss II Tethered Remote

Kshioe 1700w-5500k Studio Production Lighting Kit Setup w/Green-screen Backdrop

Impact LS6B Portable Umbrella Stand w/Daylight Umbrella

  • Gear:

ProMaster SP425CK Specialist Carbon Fiber Pro Tripod,

Ø      w/Manfortto 410 Junior Gear Head, or

Ø      ProMaster SPH45P Pro Ball Head, or

Ø      Nodal Ninja NN3 MKII 360º Pano Head, w/ Disc Rotor Pack

ProMaster SP532 Specialist Aluminum Pro Tripod,

Ø      w/ProMaster SPH45P Pro Ball Head.

ProMaster SHD Aluminum Tripod

Manfrotto  679B Aluminum Monopod

Oben ACM-2400 Aluminum Monopod