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.
As I mentioned over on the Camera 47 FB page – it’s an odd day when I get more barrel racing keepers than from the bronc events. But that’s exactly what happened up at the Polk County Fair – rodeo provided by Wild West Events, Inc. It was mostly an evening of rough stock (bareback bronc, saddle bronc, and bull riding) – but there was also some barrel racing – and just for fun – some mutton busting.
All too often, I can get into a groove (rut?) when shooting rodeo – mostly because I have a preferred location (or two) for each event. But while up at Polk County, to be honest, I was a little out of sorts. It was a pretty small arena but for the horse racing segment – I happened to be outside the arena near what is often the 1st barrel (depending on the rider’s preferred pattern) – and in between some gulps of water – tried for a few images. The dust + low light were great elements to work with.
This trip to the rodeo was also the first gig with the new camera. I’m digging it – but I’m still trying to dial in the nuances. Hopefully, more on that later.
In no particular order – here’s a few barrel racing images from the evening:
Is it too late for a “2014 Best of” post? Hopefully this one is only arriving “casually late”.
That said, regardless of your photography experience, I think it’s a good practice to go through your photos periodically and choose a few that you consider to be among the best. The transition from December to January provides, if nothing else, a convenient marker.
So, in no particular order, here are a few from my 2014 archive.
This is arguably my best Milky Way image. More details here.
From a quick trip up to Mt St Helens – here’s an image of the edge of the crater that I’d posted over on the Facebook page.
And there I was standing on the Morrison Bridge (trying to get an image for the Bite of Oregon) when the bridge went up. I also posted a number of images from that gig over on the Camera 47 Facebook page.
From the Harrisburg Harvest Festival and Tractor Pull. More images from that afternoon can be found here.
Who would have thought that fisheye lenses and historic bombers were a great combination? More images of this B-17 can be found here.
2014 was the year that I learned about the IR72 filter + X100s. More details can be found here.
Happened to be in San Francisco for business and brought the X100s along. This is a panorama cobbled together from a series of handheld images.
Could I really have an annual list of photos and not have a rodeo image?
Or some hot air balloon photos?
Just playing. This photo can also be found over on my Exposure.co site.
Had a chance to shoot some Polar Plunges for Oregon Special Olympics. The Portland event had a group of Super Plungers that ran once an hour for 24 hours into the very chilly Columbia River. I posted a number of photos from my time with the Super Plungers over on the Camera 47 Facebook page.
Just a bit of flooding here in Corvallis.
More Viking! At the Bend Polar Plunge. More images from my trip to Bend can be found here.
The debut of Saddle Shop over the summer. You can see more from this gig over at Exposure.co.
Was looking for a vintage-feeling portrait for this one that connected the student, his school, and sport.
At the county fair for a dance performance and happened to have the X100s + IR72 filter with me. Really dug the architecture + sun + colors on this one. I thought the combination provided an unexpected industrial feel.
Our dog was waiting for a bit of beef jerky in some pretty strong light with shadow.
Christmas morning sunrise over Fish Lake just outside Leavenworth, WA. Not sure what created all of the sparkles speckles. I’m guessing it was a really dirty filter. Then, again, it was Christmas morning.
The Philomath Frolic & Rodeo just wrapped up another year and thankfully I had the chance to be out there again for three of the four shows. Here’s a few from the roping and racing (plus one steer wrestling image).
Tie Down Roping
Break Away Roping
Tie Down Roping
Just for fun – I thought I’d share more photos from the 2012 Philomath Frolic and Rodeo – but instead of just dumping a bunch of photos on you at once – I decided to give you a few each day all week long. So – informally – we’ll consider this “rodeo week”.
Today – a few roping and barrel racing photos.
In no particular order:
Thursday was slack at the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo in Philomath. Just thought I’d post a few photos. Oddly enough – no steer wrestling – but plenty of roping.
Tonight – just for fun – I worked on some panning technique and even pulled out the Lensbaby Sweet 35 for a few frames.
From top to bottom:
Headed on out to the Benton County (Fair &) Rodeo on Saturday to shoot a few photos.
Have I mentioned before that I think Team Roping is probably the most difficult rodeo event to shoot? If so – let me say it again…
And – the last shot? Well – that’s from the last ride of the weekend – an 84 point performance by Charlie Skidgel on Disco Dog – to take it all home. One heck of a performance.
So – in no particular order – here you go.
And – well – since you stuck around this long – I thought maybe I’d pass along something I tried on Saturday that I think worked pretty well.
As it turns out – it’s not always easy to keep track of what order riders actually ride (for example – Chase was third on the list for bull riders – but he rode last). Often – a quick snapshot of the scoreboard before or after the ride will help – but – at small rodeos like this one – there’s no scoreboard. On Saturday – I happen to put a small Zoom H2 on a Gorillapod and wrapped it onto a fence and just let it run for the length of the show – just for fun. It not only delivered a great soundtrack – but I used it to confirm the rider / bull combo for the 84 point ride.
This last month has simply been a traffic jam at the intersection of “full time dude-in-a-cube” and “holidays” and “part time photography” – and the blog has been a bit neglected. Sorry ‘bout that.
And it’s not that I haven’t been thinking about photography (and you folks). Actually – quite the opposite. It’s just that I haven’t been typing all that much on the blog. But you should see my notebook! (lots of scribbles) There are also a few more books (and ebooks) and pieces of gear to review – but I guess that will all need to wait until next year – when I’ll hopefully get this corner of the blog-o-sphere tidied up a bit.
And that brings me to the post at hand – long time readers of Camera 47 know that I’m a fan of year-end Top 10 lists – especially when it comes to the challenge of distilling down a year’s worth of photos to a critical few. Well – I’m going to stick to my formula of giving you two lists – one of rodeo images – and one for everything else. So – in no particular – here are 10 rodeo images from 2010 that I thought stood out a bit more than the others.
Mostly – photos were easier on Sunday – as the arena was not in shade – and the sun wasn’t setting. This arena – like many others – simply isn’t all that bright at night.
And it just happened to be a pretty eventful day of rough stock. But as these things go – it takes a lot of photos – and a lot of opportunities – to nail that definitive moment. I’m not sure yet what the “perfect” shot is in rodeo – I guess I’m still looking for it. But until then – here are a few from Sunday’s event as I keep practicing.