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.
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.
Just never know exactly what you’re going to get when you aim a lens at steer wrestlers. Really a lot of fun to photograph.
Saddle bronc Team Roping
A little barrel racing (and a little fun with a longer exposure). Bull Riding.
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.
Had a chance to shoot a little rodeo on Saturday afternoon. And while I was out there – I worked on a some things – such as a few new angles (for me) – and some panning.
For example – I typically don’t sit near the start of the roping events (nor to the side – for that matter) – and during tie down and breakaway you’ll most likely find me at the far end of the arena – shooting straight on – but Saturday afternoon – that’s exactly where I was sitting. And I was close enough to the action that the 70-200mm was too long. So – I worked with the 17-55mm – and some panning techniques.
As for the panning – I should have re-read my notes / exif data from the Philomath rodeo. For some reason – caught up in the moment – I set the shutter speed at 1/20 – instead of something better suited to horses – say near 1/40 or 1/50. As it turns out – while panning cars or bikes or even people – the motion of travel is relatively smooth. With horses – not only are they moving straight ahead – but they also jostle up and down – adding to the challenge. I’m still middlin’ on the image below – but I include it here to show my homework.
And speaking of the 17-55mm – it’s been a great lens (picked it up shortly before Willamette Celebration) – and hopefully I’ll cobble together a review in the not too distant future. That said – it’s not a perfect lens (is there a “perfect” lens?) –but, so far, I’ve really enjoyed shooting it. It’s sharp, focuses reasonably fast, and the images look great. On the 50D – I really appreciate the 17mm.
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.
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.