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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.  🙂

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PFR 2012 - Friday-11

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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

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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Benton County Rodeo 2009

benton county rodeo 2009 - low res-1 The Benton County Rode0 is part of the Benton County Fair – and both wrapped up Saturday.  I typically don’t make it over to fairs – but I thought I’d brave a hot, dusty Saturday afternoon and shoot a little rodeo.  Nothing fancy here – no “all access” at this gig – I paid $8 and shot from the crowd – which also meant that I left the cowboy hat at home (by the way – CNN had a great short video on photographers covering rodeos – you can find it here).benton county rodeo 2009 - low res-2

A couple of quick impressions: (1) the arena is smaller than the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo – which is good for photography – it’s definitely easier to shoot the action with a  modest lens and (2) as this rodeo is tied to the fair – I think it introduces folks to rodeos who might not otherwise go – a sort of 2-for-1.benton county rodeo 2009 - low res-3

Bottom line: Good rodeo action – and – if you get the chance – Tillamook Ice Cream milkshakes.  Blackberry.  Seriously – very good.

Photos in order: (1) bareback (2) JJ Harrison – a great barrelman (a.k.a. “rodeo clown”) (3)  tie down roping and (4) steer wrestling.benton county rodeo 2009 - low res-4

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.