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2014 Philomath Frolic & Rodeo: Roping & Racing

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).

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Steer Wrestling

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Tie Down Roping

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Barrel Racing

Yep, that’s Stevie Rae Willis of Stompin’ Ground fame.  I also have a photo of Sam Willis (her dad) steer wrestling here.

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Team Roping

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Break Away Roping

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Tie Down Roping

Steer Wrestling @ the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo

Just finished up 4 days at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.  Still working on a stack of photos and a bit of video.  But so as not to keep you waiting – here’s another steer wrestling photo.

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Back to the Rodeo

Here’s a few from the Thursday night action at the 2013 Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.

Steer wrestling.  Here’s one of those moments just after the steer stops mid run and the bulldogger is about to come up empty handed.

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Team roping.  Shot this one wide.

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Tie down roping.  Just one of those days.

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Rodeo Week: Steer Wrestling

Steer wrestling.  Easy concept: jump from a speeding horse onto a running steer and simply apply the brakes.

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Wallpaper: Steer Wrestling

For folks looking for the next wallpaper – this one is for the PC and laptop crowd.

I also chose this one – as it’s one of the images currently featured over at Eat Art.

(Here’s my previous post on Eat Art.)

This particular steer wrestling photo was taken over at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.

Available in four sizes:  1920×1080, 1366×768, 1600×900, and 1600×1200.

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15 Images from 2011

I’m thankful to have had a chance to really stretch myself as a photographer in 2011.  Now – that doesn’t mean I nailed every shot I pointed my camera at (in fact – I missed quite a few images) – and it doesn’t mean that I shot everything on my “2011 list” – but it was a great year for learning – from having the chance to fly half around the world to deciphering some studio lighting.  In between – I had opportunities to shoot more rodeo and hot air balloons – and to teach an informal travel photography class and write an article for PhotographyBB (both were great learning curves!).

As I’ve done the last few years, I’m posting images from the year that I think sum up what could be considered some of my best work.  For folks new to this blog – I simply think this process of handpicking and culling photos from a year – the process of drawing a line in the sand – is a great exercise to really sharpen the proverbial pencil.  There’s no need to post your images on a blog or on Flickr  or Facebook – but I highly recommend trying this exercise.

In year’s past – I’ve posted 10 images – and then I quickly followed up with “ten more”.  Well – this year – I decided to simply post 15 images without a follow up.  Maybe next year – I can actually get myself to only 10.  🙂

It’s probably not surprising – but this year’s list is heavily weighted with images from Uganda (6 photos).

Also – maybe not surprising – buts something that struck me after I compiled this list – many of the images – at least in my opinion – had a lighting element that could be considered striking or extraordinary.

Are these my “15 best”?  Maybe some of these would make that list – it’s hard to say exactly.  Regardless – I hope they represent a range of some of my better images from the year.

So – here you go – in no particular order – 15 images from 2011.  And – if you have any feedback – please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments.

Fishermen on Lake Victoria.

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Playing with sparklers (+ long exposure).

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I was taking some photos inside this classroom between classes – and this girl was just drawing on the board.

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At the Northwest Art & Air Festival.

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Boda-boda drivers outside of Kampala, Uganda.

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Steer wrestling at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.

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Rough stock riders prepare at the Benton County Rodeo.

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Green heron fledgling.

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Hot air balloons at sunrise.

2011 top images-17Rain at Rally for Life in Salem, Oregon.

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Sunrise.  Uganda.

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Carver at the carousel in Salem, Oregon.

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Boy playing at a school in Kampala.

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Saturday Afternoon at the Rodeo

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.

“Back Stage”

Benton County Rodeo - 2011 - for the blog-1Just never know exactly what you’re going to get when you aim a lens at steer wrestlers.  Really a lot of fun to photograph.

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A little barrel racing (and a little fun with a longer exposure). Benton County Rodeo - 2011 - for the blog-10 Bull Riding.

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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.

Sunday Afternoon at the Rodeo

Today wrapped up the 2011 Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.  I was trying a few different angles this afternoon – and some of them worked – and some of them didn’t.  For example – the fisheye lens from the announcer’s booth during team roping didn’t really work all that well.  Simply too far away.

Here are a few to share.

Bareback Bronc

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Steer Wrestling

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Tie Down Roping

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Bareback Bronc

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Stampede (the Philomath Rodeo ends each show with a mini stampede)

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Bull Riding

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Bull Riding

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Bull Riding

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Breakaway Roping

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Tie Down Roping

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Thursday Night at the Rodeo

Had a chance on Thursday night to shoot a bit at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.  It was slack night – making it a great evening to try a few experiments.

As for the photos:

  • The top tie down roping image was shot with the Hasselblad + tilt adapter from the top far corner of the bleachers.  Still trying to get a good feel for this lens.
  • The second image is steer wrestling.  OK – not a whole lot of experimenting here.  Get low – wait for action.
  • The last image is team roping.  A great event – but probably the one I find the most difficult to shoot.  Tonight – I was just looking for some different angles – and trying to get the steer and heeler aligned or compressed into a single frame.

And as it turns out – it was a monochrome sort of night…   🙂

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10 Rodeo Images from 2010

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.

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