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The Lone Rangers sidekick – Tonto – In the Calgary Stampede 1963

The Lone Rangers sidekick Tonto

Here is the actor Tonto who was the famous side kick of The Lone Ranger.

Tonto is riding his horse in the Calgary Stampede Parade in 1963. I was 13 when I took this photo.

Born Harold John Smith into a prominent Mohawk -Seneca family at Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada. He was known by his lacrosse teammates as Jay Silverheels. John was discovered by another actor named Joe E. Brown while they were playing a lacrosse game. Joe E. Brown suggested John go for a screen test. He was hired for small parts in movies. His big break came when he drew the attention of the producers of The Lone Ranger TV show and was hired to play The Lone Rangers sidekick Tonto.

I took this photograph of him at the 1963 Calgary Stampede Parade. It was quite exciting to see him in person.

Tonto died on March 5th 1980 at the age of 67.

Livestock Branding on the Ranch

“Livestock branding is a technique for marking livestock so as to identify the owner.”  

Ranching is hard work. All the calves have to be branded, vaccinated, tagged, castrated and some de-horned, and sometimes other various treatments. A lot of farmers and ranchers take the easier way out and run the cattle through a chute and into a calf cradle. Less time and manpower. That is how we used to brand and handle our cattle.
Having been brought up on a working ranch there was nothing authentic in my mind about using a calf cradle to get this job done. I never bothered to take any photographs of our brandings.
I ran into a schoolmate at an equine function and we were visiting. Her branding was coming up in the near future and she invited me to attend so I could take photos of a real western branding. Well, I have gone for three years now and usually take a couple hundred shots each year.

This is a well orchestrated event. Everyone has a job and they trade off the ground work and anyone that wants to rope calves gets a chance to do so. The women are as well seasoned ropers as the men. All of their children and grandchildren included. The calves are roped by their hind legs and brought to the ground crew. It does not take them long to run through a couple hundred head of calves.

The day is capped off with refreshments and a fine meal.

Thank you Lynnie for letting me be a part of your authentic cowboy and cowgirl branding.

What does Royalty Free mean?

What does Royalty Free mean?

You are a designer, a producer or an author of a book and you are looking for the perfect picture to tell your story!  But you don’t know where to get extraordinary photos from, and if you do, you wonder which ones you can use and which ones you cannot.  With copy write laws being very serious and enforced these days, you almost want to hire a lawyer before you use a photo.  Well, on this site, one of the things that we are going to do is we are going to educate you each step of the way!  We are starting out with a Royalty Free site.  And Royalty Free means that you can use these images in many different ways for as long as you want.  Of course we do have some terms and conditions that you can read, but for the most part, we are happy that you use our photos and that we can help make the world a more beautiful place one Judy Dahl image at a time!

Royalty Free stock photography licenses enable photo buyers the ability to use an image in an unlimited number of ways for a single license fee.  Once a Royalty Free image is licensed, the end user may use it in any application, for as long as needed, in as many different projects as required.

Licensing fees are determined by the size of output and the resolution required, not the specific image use.  Sizes range from very small web sizes of 170 pixels, up to full-size print files suitable for large print applications.  All Royalty Free images prices and sizes vary, depending upon the royalty free collection from which they come.

Now that we have brought you up to speed on what Royalty Free means!  Please feel free to go and shop for your photo!

Judy Dahl Photography – Team Members

Like all great projects, there is usually a team of heroes who work behind the scenes who do not normally get much acknowledgement.  The team members who will create the business strategies, draft the designs for the new offices, and make sure that everyone else on the team is on track for trends and opportunities.   We all know those people and Judy Dahl photography is no different.  There is a team member who may not shoot the photos, or design the website, but he has been a major player in the direction of the business.  Brian Dahl (Head of Vehicle Restoration on the Farm) has been that unseen hero in the background making sure that there has been structures built and strategies in place to keep Judy Dahl Photography as a major player in the western lifestyle photography business!

Brian has most recently been working on restoring a 1933 ford truck from the ground up.  The paint job will be the next project and we will update you here on this blog of his progress!

1933 Ford Truck Restoration

Model 46 Commercial with a B model 4 cylinder engine.  Built in the last 3 months of 1933


Hello world! Who is Judy Dahl Stock Photography?

Judy Dahl Stock Photography is a professional quality, web based worldwide stock photography service, dedicated to making your image research easy, satisfying and affordable. We feature the premier specialist collections of western lifestyle images and the world’s finest livestock collections. Our keyword searchable database features only premium quality rights-managed (to be launched in a few months) and royalty-free images. Our photographer (Judy Dahl)  and curator (Kara Wood)  provide quality assured digital files, suitable for the most demanding print applications, guaranteed.

Together they wanted to build a site that would allow Judy’s collection of thousands of images to be used for print and display advertising, web and editorial marketing as well as for personal use.  Judy Dahl’s  personal collection of photographs spans over 40 years of her work as a professional photographer as well as  the photographs she has curated from historical photo archives of friends and family.   With Kara’s background in new media and communications as a Digital Media Agency Owner, Judy and Kara decided the best way to provide the industry what it needed was to create a stock photography site where the images were accessible to everyone and the quality was outstanding.

Over the next few months, this site will start to offer more images and each time we release a new set of images we will let our email list be the first to know.  Thank you for signing up for our newsletter!





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If you’ve ever tried searching for free stock photos on the Internet, you probably know what a ridiculous hassle it can be.

As a general rule, good western lifestyle and livestock stock photos are extremely difficult to find. A huge portion of the stock photo market is owned by professional companies like Shutterstock and 123RF, who charge $20 or more for a single photo. Even when you can find free stock photos, most are low resolution, watermarked, blurry and, at best, uninspired.

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