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Barrel Racing at the Polk County Fair

barrel racing - Polk County Fair-3As 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:

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2015 PFR: The Dismounts

Had a chance to shoot the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo last weekend.  And just for fun – I thought I’d change it up a bit.  So, here you go, in no particular order – some of the top dismounts I was able to put on film.

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Two frames before the image below – you’ll see this fellow in a near swan dive.  Unfortunately, it’s not a very usable image.  Still – I thought this one worked well, too.

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These little guys took some spills, too.

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OK – so it wasn’t entirely an unplanned dismount.

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Can’t have a list like this without a bull rider.

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Mounted Shooting

Benton County Rodeo - Mounted Shooting - 2013-2Over 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.

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And another one.

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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.

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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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.