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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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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: Roping and Barrel Racing

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:

  • Breakaway.  A bit of experimenting with panning and roping. 
  • Tie down roping.
  • Barrel racing.
  • More barrel racing.
  • Team roping – the event I consider the most difficult in rodeo to photograph.

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Friday Fone Foto

Here’s a bit of team roping from from last weekend at the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo.

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Slack Night at the Rodeo

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:

  • Tie down roping
  • Breakaway roping
  • Team roping
  • Barrel racing (panning)
  • Barrel racing (Lensbaby)

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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.

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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A Few from Sunday Afternoon at the Rodeo

PFR - Sunday - low res-5The last day of the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo – and there were definitely photos to be had.

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.PFR - Sunday - low res-8

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