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Best of 2015: Rodeo

It’s that time of year when I like to look back on the year that just closed and try to distill a set of “best of”.  As I had the chance to shoot a bit of rodeo this year – let’s start with a few of those.

So – in no particular order – here you go.

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Rodeo Week: Rough Stock

And to wrap up Rodeo Week – here are a few rough stock photos from the 2012 Philomath Frolic and Rodeo.

The concept?  Just hold on for 8 seconds with one hand.

In no particular order:

  • Bareback bronc.
  • Bull riding.
  • Readying for a bull ride.
  • Saddle bronc.
  • Not all rides go to plan.
  • Saddle bronc.
  • Bareback bronc.
  • Time to move to another shooting location.  🙂

PFR 2012 - Sunday-2

PFR 2012 - Sunday-23

PFR 2012 - Friday-11

PFR 2012 - Friday-6 PFR 2012 - Sunday-5

PFR 2012 - Friday-7PFR 2012 - Friday-4PFR 2012 - Sunday-18

Rodeo Week: A Bit of Backstage

There’s a lot going on backstage at a rodeo.  Here’s a bit from behind the chutes.

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PFR 2012 - Sunday-12

Sunday Afternoon at the Rodeo

Today wrapped up the 2011 Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.  I was trying a few different angles this afternoon – and some of them worked – and some of them didn’t.  For example – the fisheye lens from the announcer’s booth during team roping didn’t really work all that well.  Simply too far away.

Here are a few to share.

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Philomath Rodeo - 2011 - Sunday-2

Steer Wrestling

Philomath Rodeo - 2011 - Sunday-9

Tie Down Roping

Philomath Rodeo - 2011 - Sunday-6

Bareback Bronc

Philomath Rodeo - 2011 - Sunday-8

Stampede (the Philomath Rodeo ends each show with a mini stampede)

Philomath Rodeo - 2011 - Sunday-14

Bull Riding

Philomath Rodeo - 2011 - Sunday-11

Bull Riding

Philomath Rodeo - 2011 - Sunday-12

Bull Riding

Philomath Rodeo - 2011 - Sunday-13

Breakaway Roping

Philomath Rodeo - 2011 - Sunday-7

Tie Down Roping

Philomath Rodeo - 2011 - Sunday-5

Wallpaper: June 2010

june 2010 - low res Funny thing about months – they’re pretty consistent – every 30 days or so there’s a new one.  But for some reason – I’m mostly caught off guard.  Heck if I know why – it’s just one of those things.

Nonetheless – you didn’t come here to listen to me prattle on about tripping into each month.  So – here it is – the June 2010 wallpaper.

It’s another rodeo shot.  I guess that puts me in a two month rut – but I know rodeo season is just around the corner (and I guess for some – it’s already arrived).

This bareback shot  is from last year’s Benton County Rodeo.  More images from this shoot can be found here.

Four sizes available for download: 1920×1080, 1600×1200, 1600×900, and 1366×768.

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Update 9 June 2010: Thanks to “Mr. BT from Germany” for pointing out that my original June wallpaper had 31 days.  I’d like to blame it on all sorts of things – like coffee or dim lighting or that printer ran out of ink – but in reality – it was just my oversight.  Sorry about that.

Hopefully everything’s updated now.

10 Rodeo Photos from 2009

Well – it’s that time of year for “Top 10” lists – so I thought I’d get it started with a little rodeo.

Images are from the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo and the Benton County Rodeo.  These are listed in no particular order.  Hope you enjoy them.

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tie down - top 10 - low res-1

bull riders - top 10 - low res-1

Bareback Riding (aka Bareback Bronc)

bareback for blog-5 8 seconds.  On the back of a horse with no saddle – the rider holds on with only one hand and spurs.

Simple, right?

Well – I can’t speak as a rider – but from  a photographer’s perspective – I think about three primary shots in bareback (as well as for Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding): (1) Pre-ride (2) Ride (3) Post ride.bareback for blog-2

Pre-ride: Pretty straight forward.  Horses, riders, gear, gates.

Ride: I look for classic, rugged, gut-wrenching, crowd-pleasing frames.

Post-ride: There’s a few options here: (1) the crash – where the rider is in the process of exiting his comfortable seat atop the horse (2) the walk – where the rider is either soaking in the glory of an 80-point ride – or is still trying to calm the ringing bells in his head or (3) the runaway horse – the scene where the horse is running around the arena (or edge of the arena).  Sometimes – the rider is still attached.

bareback for blog-6Bottom line: Bareback is a great photo op.

Gear: Long, fast-focusing lenses will really help here.  Often, small rodeo arenas put the audience close to the action.  If you’re only packing a 100mm – no worries – a little cropping will often help with that nice tight shot.

bareback for blog-1The arena in Philomath has lighting – but it’s not that bright.  In fact – from a photographer’s view – it’s startling how little light there is in there.  This year I picked up the Canon 85mm f/1.8 for when the sun dips – and the fast aperture really helped.  The rest of the time – I’m typically shooting the 70-200mm f/4L.

And frames / second can increase your chances to capture the decisive moment.  The Canon 50D shoots 6.3 fps.  That puts me at something like +50 images for an 8 second ride – and that’s OK.  I’ll typically only use 1 photo from the ride – but hopefully – it’ll be a compelling pose.  As for filtering through the images – Lightroom 2 is the tool I use.  bareback for blog-3

Keep shooting: As you shoot and make mistakes – you’ll get better.  Funny thing – I’ve been shooting this rodeo for 3 years – and this year I was still able to make a lot more mistakes.  And we’re not talking simply out-of-focus frames – we’re talking good ol’ fashion “Rats! – I should have known that”.

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You can check out images from the 2009 Philomath Frolic and Rodeo here – and three years of PFR portfolio here.