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Ride 'em, Cowboy!
Ride 'em, Cowboy!

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Challenge: Action Shot II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Monte Vista, Colorado
Date: Jul 30, 2006
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Performance, Action
Date Uploaded: Aug 1, 2006

This was taken at the Ski-Hi Stampede Rodeo in Monte Vista, Colorado. It is really hard to get a good rodeo photo - the chutes and fences and all the ads stuck on the fences get in most of the pictures. I only got a few that didn't have all the extra crap in them.

I'm glad to be able to put a rodeo photo in a challenge. My husband is from a rodeo family, all his sisters was/are barrel racers and he was a team roper with his Dad. His sisters all married cowboys. His youngest sister, Terri Kaye, still barrel races and has been in the National Finals several years in a row now. Her two grown sons, Travis and Clay, are team ropers and have been in the National Finals for many years in a row, too.

Editing: Crop; shadow/highlight tool (darken highlights & lighten shadows a bit); adjustment layers for levels, curves and hue/saturation (increase sat for blue and cyan); flatten image; exposure adjustment for offset (-.0025) and gamma (1.03); contrast +1; resize; smart sharpen; save for web.

Place: 6 out of 279
Avg (all users): 7.0199
Avg (commenters): 7.7692
Avg (participants): 6.8409
Avg (non-participants): 7.1166
Views since voting: 2133
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 251
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/20/2006 09:13:24 AM
Hey rodeo family Cornish cousin. There is a Truan in the Cowboy Hall of Fame, my 2nd cousin Fritz, another Cornish Cousin for sure. So, were on the same page again. Great shot too. Van
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08/15/2006 10:31:55 PM
Great exciting capture. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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08/09/2006 12:59:05 AM
Awesome, Sammie! These shots are hard to capture. That horse moves fast and is irratic!

BTW - Again, we are parallel. My shot made 6th in the other challenge. Are you sure you're not my twinn?
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08/09/2006 12:42:24 AM
Great shot. Like the colours.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/08/2006 09:17:03 PM
7 - Like this. Good capture. Depending what you had to work with (obviously), perhaps a slight nudge rotate up on the right and a more refined crop would have enhanced this even more and allowed the shadow play to enter in more too. More 'cowboy' face visible make this even better too - but opportune, again - obviously.
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08/08/2006 07:39:36 PM
Yes!! Great action!! 7
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08/08/2006 03:34:18 PM
great stop action and nice handling of the exposure - I'm just wishing there was a bit more room to the left and top - nice job regardless - best of luck!!
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08/07/2006 01:39:32 PM
i feel for the horse looking at the brand
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08/06/2006 11:01:50 PM
Beautiful captur. Good luck -9-
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08/04/2006 02:34:33 AM
i think this is a nice shot but i'd like to see a little wider shot in order to get more scene for context.
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08/03/2006 09:45:25 AM
Not enough action...he's still got his hat on! Just kidding...great photo!
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08/03/2006 05:51:44 AM
We've seen photos like this before, but your photo is clear, sharp and perfectly balanced. I would like to try a similar photo with a slow shutter speed. Steady ground, moving subject. If you know what i mean...
Very good shot.
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08/02/2006 09:33:20 PM
9 :) great action.
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08/02/2006 03:39:46 PM
I have been looking at this image for a very long time now. It gets better and better. A beautiful moment that we'd never be able to enjoy without this image.
With all the raw energy in it, there's yet such a beautiful and delicate flow to the shapes and shades.
You have done an excellent job to capture it and present it for all to enjoy.
Brilliant photography.
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08/02/2006 12:20:50 PM
Too unblalanced not to have some more action very soon
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08/02/2006 11:53:00 AM
Very nice action capture; 9
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08/02/2006 09:38:36 AM
wow! that's crisp...excellent action shot...good luck
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08/02/2006 06:00:22 AM
More space on the left could win better marks.
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