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PCJBR Rodeo

May 4, 2010
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Its hard to believe that it was about thirteen years ago that I entered the world of professional photography when I took a job shooting rodeos for my friend Mark Oakie’s brother Alan.  I enjoyed my weekends on the high school rodeo circuit shooting rodeos all across the state of Utah.  I got the opportunity to push my skills and abilities as a photographer to their very limits every weekend.  And this was back in the days of film, no LCD screen on the back of the camera to check and make sure you got the shot.  You had to know your exposure and how to get the shot every time without being able to see the pictures until they got back from the lab a week later.  I spent about two years shooting for Alan, and I loved it, but I had moved on to weddings and portraits, and left rodeos behind for a while.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to step back into the arena and shoot another rodeo.  I must admit, I was a bit nervous.  It had been a few years since I last shot a rodeo, and I was hoping I had not lost the knack.  I was shooting the Pacific Coast Junior Bull Riders rodeo in Norco, Ca, which was part of the cities horse week festivities.  Once I got behind the chute gates, it was as if I had never left.  I felt right at home amongst the livestock and cowboys.  Once the event started, I got back into my groove in no time at all.  I ended up getting some good shots during the event, I did miss one calf rider due to my camera having a quick fit, and wouldn’t you know it, he won his division, and his dad was interested in buying a print of his ride.  Its frustrating, but those things do happen.  In all, it went pretty good, and I hope to get the chance to shoot another of their events.

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A young bullrider hangs on for one heck of a ride.

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The bullfighter puts himself between the bull and the rider.  Either nerves of steel or a little insane, you decide.

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This young bullrider looses his seat and goes over the head.

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Once again the bullfighter puts himself between the bull and the rider.

New Cards

March 24, 2010
I have just finished a new 3.5″ X 5″ card to pass along to petential clients.  I like this size card because it gives a lot more room to show some of your work, and it dosn’t get lost as quickly as a business card.  It is not as informative as a brochure, but much cheaper to print and gets clients to your website. I just have them printed at the local lab as a 3.5 X 5 glossy print, and on tuesdays and wednesdays, they are only 6 cents a print.  Not bad.  Let me know what you think of it.
Passalong+Card New Cards

#9 Semifore Flags

October 29, 2009
SemiforeLR #9 Semifore Flags

I love the color of these flags against the dark blue sky.  The breeze gave the flags a nice sense of motion as well.  I used a circular polarizing filter to darken the sky, then punched up the saturation, and contrast in photoshop.  I also cloned out a couple of additional cables which I found to be distracting.  Overall I love the colors in this shot.  ISO 100 f5.6, 1/500

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