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Old Jul 28, 2007, 11:07 PM   #1
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Well, definitely something different. I really had a lot of fun shooting this. I only wish it were a little earlier in the day. A couple were at ISO 400, most at 1600, 2500 or 3200. As always, C&C welcome

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Old Jul 29, 2007, 6:18 AM   #2
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Oh yeah! I've had the pleasure of shooting a couple of rodeos and have really enjoyed it. Your shots are very good for the lighting conditions and the only one I have to comment on is #7. It's too bad the whole bull is not in the shot, cutting off the top detracts from it some. Number8 is nothing but great you caught that one perfectly and you can tell by the look on his face he knows the landing is going to hurt and the little guy in the background has just decided he wants nothing to do with bulls. All in all two thumbs up!
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Old Jul 29, 2007, 3:31 PM   #3
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Thanks. I agree, it's a shame I clipped part of the bull off in the one shot. Wasn't expecting a jump out of it. I'm happy I kept the focus :G Good thing for fences!
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Old Jul 29, 2007, 4:51 PM   #4
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John. A very nice series. I'm convinced the "clowns," or bullfighters, as one told me they prefer to be called, are either the bravest, or craziest, or both, athletes I've ever seen. I do have a couple of questions about the shots, though.

You mention the low-light conditions. I'm assuming from the backgrounds that it was not late enough to require artificial lighting, so I assume shooting at dusk? What lens were you using?

Second question, more about the event. I notice that several of the competitors were wearing protective gear--helmets and flak jackets. Was this a low-level amateur event, and I'm assuming the protective gear was optional since a couple of them were not wearing it.
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Old Jul 29, 2007, 7:39 PM   #5
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You mention the low-light conditions. I'm assuming from the backgrounds that it was not late enough to require artificial lighting, so I assume shooting at dusk? What lens were you using?

Second question, more about the event. I notice that several of the competitors were wearing protective gear--helmets and flak jackets. Was this a low-level amateur event, and I'm assuming the protective gear was optional since a couple of them were not wearing it.
Correct on both counts. They did have artificial lighting for when it got even darker but it was a joke. I wanted speeds close to 1/1000 that's why I was still using such high ISOs at dusk.

The lens used was a Sigma 120-300 2.8. Apertures used varied from 2.8 to 4.0. I basically started at 4.0 and kept opening up as the evening went on (and incrementing the ISO to go along with it) - with the goal of staying around 1/1000.

Yes, the event was pretty low level. The helmet and flack jackets are optional. Although coincidentally there was bull riding on ESPN2 yesterday (which I just happened across) and a couple of the riders there were still wearing helmets. To be honest this was the first rodeo I had ever attended, much less photographed so I don't know a whole lot about them. But my editor wanted a story and some shots so I thought it would be kinda cool. I really did enjoy it.

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Old Jul 30, 2007, 6:08 AM   #6
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Second question, more about the event. I notice that several of the competitors were wearing protective gear--helmets and flak jackets. Was this a low-level amateur event, and I'm assuming the protective gear was optional since a couple of them were not wearing it.

The last I knew, flak jackets are required in PRCA and PBR series. Helmets are optional but I have seen them in the top divisions.
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