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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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Bull Riding at the Polk County Fair

The Polk County Fair and Rodeo – not only did it produce more good barrel racing images than the bronc events – but the bull riding images were some of the best from the night.  I often don’t shoot straight into the gate – but on this evening it worked well.  And like the barrels – the light + dirt were nice compliments.

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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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