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04/08/2008 12:22:06 AM · #1
I had to shoot barrel racing, cattle events and rodeo last month. I chose the image below for my Free Study entry but have since put together some quick montages of some of the exciting moments in the event.

First up is my entry and the whole story of that ride...so you can see the outcome of that fall.

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Here are some other nail biting moments. In the second last image the boy was only about 10 years old and was given what they thought to be the quietest ride of the lot....but his ride turned out to be the wildest. He was injured in the ride and was carried out of the arena, but eventually had to be taken by ambulance with a broken leg.

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All of these images were shot with the Sigma 50-500, handheld. I have a Frozen Shoulder at the moment so it was rather painful at times and as there is not much strength or movement in that arm any more, I had to rely on focusing on individual shots rather than any continuous shooting. I think I only used continuous about twice throughout the 6 hours of shooting.
04/08/2008 02:18:28 AM · #2
Err bump!
04/08/2008 02:19:51 AM · #3
NICE! i really like how you edited the multiple shots together!

excellent shooting!
04/08/2008 02:56:26 AM · #4
Wonderful series. I like the way you placed the pictures together, it tells the story. This is one of (if not) the best series of shots put together that I've seen. Great Job!
04/08/2008 03:50:27 AM · #5
this is some of your best work Judi
each one is amazing and the collages is a great idea

i hope your shoulder is on the mend
04/08/2008 07:35:03 AM · #6
Awesome series of images Judi. Makes me want to pay the $250 a head ticket charge for the next PBR in town and get the seats right by the chutes.
04/08/2008 07:58:27 AM · #7
Originally posted by timfythetoo:

Awesome series of images Judi. Makes me want to pay the $250 a head ticket charge for the next PBR in town and get the seats right by the chutes.


When the big screen (40meters long) comes into town, I handle the videography from the chutes...the bulls knocking my feet as they get strapped up....my camera down in the chute between the bulls back and the riders butt.....all going live to the screen. Now that's an angle I can't knock back...lol!
04/08/2008 08:28:38 AM · #8
Fabulous Judi I saw my first rodeo since arriving in USA nearly 7 years ago, unfortunately it was a watered down version of a real rodeo and was in an arena I have shot Reining in before so know hasnt got the greatest light. I shot with my 70-200 2.8 on 1600asa and was surprised at the results, certainly not as crisp and action packed as the ones that you have here and in your portfolio.

I have a few on my blog and will be putting up a few more from the fair in the next few days.Lori's blog

Congratulations on a fabulous finish in the FS.

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04/08/2008 09:25:06 AM · #9
Great shots, wow!
04/08/2008 05:59:24 PM · #10
Thanks guys....I am pleased you are all enjoying the images. I had a tough time choosing my free study...but it seems I did the right thing and chose the right image...for once..lol!
04/08/2008 06:49:35 PM · #11
What fantastic shots individually, but the way you put them together just adds a little something extra special to the presentation!
Makes me want to go shoot a rodeo now!
04/08/2008 06:57:14 PM · #12
Originally posted by ArpeggioAngel:

What fantastic shots individually, but the way you put them together just adds a little something extra special to the presentation!
Makes me want to go shoot a rodeo now!


You should. I love covering the rodeos. I do all the barrel racing events here...so the rodeos are usually an added bonus....and everyone of all ages get such a kick out of them. Always something to photograph.
04/08/2008 07:02:53 PM · #13
Judi, you have some really great photos, I swear I want you to tell me how you got the images so crisp at ISO 800. Only way I would shoot that is if I wanted image grain in my pictures. hahaa

What's your secret?

04/08/2008 07:15:16 PM · #14
Originally posted by Dirt_Diver:

Judi, you have some really great photos, I swear I want you to tell me how you got the images so crisp at ISO 800. Only way I would shoot that is if I wanted image grain in my pictures. hahaa

What's your secret?


The 5D is the biggest secret. I did shoot some at 1000 ISO as the light started to fade. Some of the montages are a bit oversharpened...I was too tired to selective sharpen....hence the grain in them. My entry was not cropped in any way....so what you see is what I got...as you can see in the montages....they all had sufficient light across them due to the low Aperture (for that lens) and utilising the shutter, ISO. In those situations I set my ISO and Aperture and then just alter my shutter as I need to.
04/08/2008 07:24:53 PM · #15
Originally posted by Judi:

Originally posted by Dirt_Diver:

Judi, you have some really great photos, I swear I want you to tell me how you got the images so crisp at ISO 800. Only way I would shoot that is if I wanted image grain in my pictures. hahaa

What's your secret?


The 5D is the biggest secret. I did shoot some at 1000 ISO as the light started to fade. Some of the montages are a bit oversharpened...I was too tired to selective sharpen....hence the grain in them. My entry was not cropped in any way....so what you see is what I got...as you can see in the montages....they all had sufficient light across them due to the low Aperture (for that lens) and utilising the shutter, ISO. In those situations I set my ISO and Aperture and then just alter my shutter as I need to.


That is crazy. Anyway great shots and great pictures.
04/09/2008 05:48:28 PM · #16
Thanks Dirt Diver.
08/07/2008 07:52:17 PM · #17
I actually compete in barrel racing as well. I would kill for shots of this quality of my horses and I.
08/07/2008 08:03:01 PM · #18
Judi- these are fantastic. I enjoy your rodeo work. I was at a rodeo last weekend and there was a photographer standing in the corral, right at the gate when they opened it. Have you ever been able to do something like that. I became more fascinated watching him than the bulls and broncs.
08/07/2008 08:13:01 PM · #19
Originally posted by smichener:

Judi- these are fantastic. I enjoy your rodeo work. I was at a rodeo last weekend and there was a photographer standing in the corral, right at the gate when they opened it. Have you ever been able to do something like that. I became more fascinated watching him than the bulls and broncs.


I am the official photographer for the Barrel Horse Association, which means I am also the only photographer that is officially permitted on the grounds. At their last two day event there were up to 15 professional photographers there, all displaying their businesses on their attire. One of the photographers that was there covers all the rodeos for Australia and went up and had his name put over the PA. He was okay....we got on well together. BUT....the next day the committee was in an uproar as he turned up again and they came to me and gave me the option of having him removed from the grounds. I said he can stay, on the condition he doesn't get in my way throughout the day and that they no longer advertise his name over the PA. They were infuriated when they found out that the PA people had advertised him and insisted that only my name go over the speakers. They came up several times throughout the day making sure I didn't want him removed. I have full access to the entire grounds and do, on occasion, go into the arena during the events.

Last year we had the big 40 meter screen for one of the rodeo events. So I was given one of the video cameras and spent my time leaning into the chutes as they buckled the bulls up and that was aired live over the screen. It is such a rush to have the cold air rushing out of the bulls noses as they thrash in the chutes and try to knock you off your perch, with cowboys all around you as they struggle to straddle these beasts...all the time been tied by cord to the big screen in the distance. I love my job! And I think the women in the audience enjoyed a females perspective as I had my camera down between the mens ass and the bulls backs.....hehehehehe!
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