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I mentioned a few posts back that I had been given a Photo Pass by West Jordan City to shoot the parade and the Western Stampede Rodeo. I decided to spend the 4th with my family so I missed shooting the opening night of the Rodeo but I ended up returning for Friday and Saturday’s action. What an amazing experience!
I wanted this to be a family experience, but I only had two passes so my wife and daughter sat in the stands, my son was my assistant and carried the lens bag and umbrella (we needed it!) and I carried the 8mm fisheye and 10-20mm Sigma lens in a fanny pack. (I know, I’m the epitome of cool) Being able to shoot all night without a heavy backpack on was great. We arrived just as they were starting the Mutton Bustin’ segment.. with my 70-300mm on the camera I started blasting away…
The intermission was provided by a pair of motocross stunt riders.
At the end of the show they run out a herd of horses, future bucking broncos good timing as the rain really started to pick up.
I had a great time at my first ever rodeo, the challenges of capturing such fast paced action while also trying to show a little bit of the atmosphere of the whole event was fun and really made me stretch myself. I also learned that I need to increase my shutter speed as most of my later shots were on the blurred side, I would do a much better job of that on Saturday (Stay tuned for that post coming soon) I loved shooting next to my son and talking with all the other photographers that had scored passes, many who had shot rodeos before. And an extra huge thanks to West Jordan City specifically Kim Wells who trusted me with the passes and to Photographix Camera club and Doug Sims who was the one to post on Facebook that passes were available.
Thanks for hanging around for such a long post, I hope you enjoyed it!
PS: Oh yeah about the title of the post, you see I’m a rocker, I hate country music and apparently so does the rodeo as I only heard one country song all night the rest was all rock! Guess Bulls and Broncos don’t buck so hard to twangy tunes…