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As promised in an earlier post here are some shots from the Western Stampede Rodeo held in West Jordan, Utah July 4-6th 2013 This series of shots are from Saturday the 6th and the rain that started on Friday night had continued unabated the entire day…

No colors for sunset tonight, the clouds were just too thick.

The Arena when we arrived.

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Die Hard Fans

Die Hard Fans

The Pens

The Pens

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Attitude is everything! This guy got loud cheers for his exciting ride.

Attitude is everything! This guy got loud cheers for his exciting ride.

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This next series is of a horse that went nuts in the chute and they let him out where he proceeded to go even crazier, they roped him and he walked out of the arena just fine.

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He called these his Mother in law's cars...

He called these his Mother in law’s cars…

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That's "mud" he dug out of his ear he's flipping off his finger.

That’s “mud” he dug out of his ear he’s flipping off his finger.

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_DSC7228 _DSC7236 _DSC7263 _DSC7286 _DSC7299 _DSC7312 _DSC7316 _DSC7317 _DSC7351 _DSC7353No doubt by now you’ll have noticed that I had a ton more images from Saturday then I did Friday, this was because I shot on manual all night to ensure a high enough shutter speed and trusted Noiseware to clean up the noise at 3200 ISO. It wasn’t perfect but it worked well enough.

All my shots were with a Nikon 70-300mm or a Rokinon 8mm fisheye.

I had such a great time even with all the mud and rain splatters, if you ever get a chance to photograph a rodeo I highly recommend it!

Thanks again to West Jordan City, Doug Sims and the Photographix Club and Cervi Rodeo for allowing me to shoot such a great show.