This last weekend I had the chance to get out and shoot for the first time at a Truck and Tractor Pull. This particular event was at the Harrisburg Harvest Festival. To be honest, I had no idea how such an event operated or what to expect. But I just pointed my lens down the field and tried to record a few reasonable images.
Also on hand were a couple of old tractors and steam engines. With those, I happened to have the X100s in the bag along with the IR72 filter – so I continued in my summer long IR experiment.
Last week I shared a few from the Roping & Racing events. This week – rough stock.
As it turns out, it was also an odd weekend for the bull riders as no one made it the full 8 seconds. Good riders – just better bulls.
That’s Bullfighter Cody Harsch.
More Bull Riding
Over the last few years I’ve had a chance to shoot some rodeo and it’s been a heck of a lot of fun. But on Saturday – while shooting over at the Benton County (Fair &) Rodeo – they had an event new to me – mounted shooting.
And, yes, I was completely out of position (should have been on the other end of the arena for this course) – but I’m really looking forward to trying it again.
That said – it’s not often that you see a rodeo queen with a single action Colt .45. Yep – that’s Nicole Schrock, the current Miss Rodeo Oregon, trying her hand at mounted shooting.
And another one.
BTW – if gear is your thing (or if you’re mulling teleconverters)– here’s a possible data point for you – I shot the entire afternoon with a Canon 1.4x teleconverter on a 70-200 f/4L. There was plenty of action and plenty of light making it was a great combination. Of course, the teleconverter will drop you a stop – equivalent of f/5.6. Only once or twice did the autofocus refuse to cooperate – but more likely due to operator error. And, if you’ve read this far – you might find it interesting that this isn’t the latest version – I was able to pick up a used second generation 1.4x over at Adorama.
Just finished up 4 days at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo. Still working on a stack of photos and a bit of video. But so as not to keep you waiting – here’s another steer wrestling photo.
Here’s a few from the Thursday night action at the 2013 Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.
Steer wrestling. Here’s one of those moments just after the steer stops mid run and the bulldogger is about to come up empty handed.
Team roping. Shot this one wide.
Tie down roping. Just one of those days.
Two weekends – two plunges!
Had a chance to head on over to Bend this last weekend to snap a few photos from their Polar Plunge to support Oregon Special Olympics. A great crowd!
This weekend I wore thicker socks and it made a huge difference in keeping my feet warm while wearing the waders. :)
And just in case you missed them – here are a few from the Corvallis Plunge.
(Thanks, again, Jim, for loaning me the waders. They worked great.)