Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Team Roping at Rancho Rio in Wickenburg



Did you know Wickenburg, Arizona is the capital of team roping?  I didn’t.  Last Saturday I went to Rancho Rio in Wickenburg to find out what was going on.  


It was qualifying time on Saturday 14 April and there was money at stake.  These folks put up their own money to enter and hopefully can get some of that back and more. 


I’m used to photographing rodeos where team roping is one of the many events.  There’s just team roping here.  And there is an association involved in team roping, too.  It’s the NTR or National Team Roping.  


A surprise and a pleasant one that that is that many of the two person teams included women!  I’m guessing father/daughter, husband/wife teams.  And I suspect I saw some father/son teams, too.


The finals of the 14 April event are here!


If you want to learn more about team roping and the culture around it, the Team Roping Journal called the Phoenix area a team roping paradise.  Some of these people are transplanted from other areas of the country, come out to visit Rancho Rio, and eventually make it their part or full time home.


The good news for me is that from the north side of Phoenix, it’s a short under an hour drive.  

Until My Next Adventure,
See You On Down the Road!


… and all the photos!


Late addition:

I took five of my images and did some selective coloring.  I hope you enjoy.







Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cave Creek Rodeo Sunday 25 March 2018



 One of the finest small PRCA sanctioned rodeos in North America is the Cave Creek Rodeo in Arizona.  I was again there taking photos, this time from the Stockman's Club.

This rodeo might be the most fan friendly and camera friendly rodeo in all of North America.  Sadly, so many of the rodeos and other events as well are limiting "professional" cameras, or cameras that have detachable lenses.  I think they want to stop people from bringing in oversized 150-160mm lenses that looks more like weapons.  I still don't like it.  And the other trend is to require clear plastic bags.  I have no idea how much longer the Cave Creek Rodeo will be so fan and photographer friendly, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts. 

Rodeos have bareback riding, roping, clowns, barrel racing, and of course the headliner is always bull riding.  Eight seconds of hell, if a cowboy lasts that long.  My second favorite event is the ladies barrel racing. 

Until My Next Adventure,
See You On Down the Road!


… and all the photos!





Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Parada Del Sol Scottsdale Rodeo 11 March 2018

Sunday in the middle of March is time for the Parada Del Sol or Scottsdale Rodeo.  And once again, Westworld was host.  It’s an indoor arena with tricky lighting.  

I brought my second camera, the Canon G3x.  I got some wind from the rodeo people that they might stop me from bringing in my full size Canon 5D Mark IV.  Security could care less what I brought in.  What that ended up meaning was photos with higher grain.  Plus the G3x is a slower camera.  



Patriotism is a big part of rodeos.  That's good.  I love it.  


Bareback riding...





The ladies compete in barrel racing...




And the final event in every rodeo is eight seconds of hell, or bull riding.  







I also photographed steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, and tie down roping.  Mark Swingler was the rodeo clown. And, we were also entertained by Whiplash The Cowboy Monkey.  

Given the limitations of an indoor arena for lighting and the limitations of the camera I used, I took more time in post processing, but I still got a decent number of photos.  

Until My Next Adventure,
(Cave Creek Rodeo!)
See You On Down the Road!




… and all the photos!

A Lazy Day at the Races

I spent part of Monday, the 12th of March, as the race track.  In Phoenix, that means Turf Paradise.  It was a warm day in the 80s andI had a camera.

I ran into a nice fellow who told me how scientific he bets.  I told him I look for a name, a sort of commandment from God, as a guide.  For instance, if a horse is named “Wildcat Jim” then he gets $2 to win.   The other method I use is to look at the last serial number on a dollar bill.  On this day, it was 2.  So I put $2 on the 2 horse.  Guess what?  The two horse won!  I got $16.80, enough to pay for a beer and a few hot dogs.  

I used a Canon 5d Mark IV and Tamron’s wonderful 28-300mm lens on my short visit.

Until My Next Adventure,
(Cave Creek Rodeo!)
See You On Down the Road!



… and all the photos!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Neal McCoy in Wickenburg Arizona



A few years ago I saw Neal McCoy at Country Thunder.  I was so impressed.  He had a string of hits in the 90s so I knew his songs.  But he is also funny and did I say talented?

So we went to Wickenburg, Arizona on 4 March 2018 to see him.  I had never driven to Wickenburg, a town about an hour northwest of me.  It’s close enough to Phoenix and yet far enough away to keep it’s western ways.  

Neal and his band performed in the lovely Del Webb Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Wickenburg High School.  Marvelous facility!  As a side note, I bought a beer there for TWO DOLLARS.  

Neal has also done many USO shows for soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and coasties.  

He sang his hits, but also sang old standards from the likes of Frank Sinatra, showing off his multi-talented skills.  Along with that, he sang the theme song of the Beverly Hillbillies television show RAP STYLE!  

During one song he notice there was an empty seat in the front row.  He stopped the show and asked the gentleman there why the seat was empty.  He said his wife.. was tired.  So Neal said “call her up and give me the phone.”  And he had a nice chat with her on the phone during the set!  It was hilarious.  


Neal's currently popular song is his reaction to NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem called "Take a Knee Kiss My Ass."  He got a standing ovation for that and I have the tee shirt!


I know Neal will be at Country Thunder Arizona coming up in April.  If you get a chance, go see him.  You will love it!   

Until My Next Adventure,
(The Parada del Sol Rodeo in Scottsdale!)
See You On Down the Road!


… and all the photos!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pima Air & Space Museum

I hadn’t been to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson since 1989.  Lots to photograph!  Thanks to the good folks like Guy of Tempe Camera for supporting this photowalk.

There were B17’s, lots of small prop planes, helicopters, jets of all kinds… and not just from the United States.  

Planes hung from the ceiling of hangars.  Planes were lined up outside as well.  

And there was a whole hangar dedicated to space exploration, too.   

Until My Next Adventure,
(Neal McCoy in Wickenburg)
See You On Down the Road!

Jim Patterson



Monday, February 19, 2018

Miranda Lambert & Jon Pardi & Lucie Silvas in Phoenix

Miranda Lambert visited Phoenix on 17 February 2018 and brought along Lucie Silvas and Jon Pardi.  Lucie opened the show, followed by Jon.  Personally, I’m a huge Jon Pardi fan.  A few years ago, I went to another event in Phoenix and he played maybe two songs and then left.  I always suspected he got sick.  Then he had a few hits and I had wished he gave us more.  

We were in the far end of the Talking Stick Arena (where the Suns play), squared up with the stage.  Although further away, I like these “end zone” seats because it’s easier to photograph.  

Arena policies normally ban “professional cameras” if you don’t come in with a photographers pass.  Now, define “professional camera.”  These security people have no idea what it is.  So I was prepared.  The security guard looked at my Canon G3x and said “no professional cameras.”  I said, “look… one piece, no removable lens!”  And he told me yeah ok.. and passed me through the gate.  

Take a look at some of the shots I got.  The G3x non-removable lens as the equivalent of a 24-600mm lens!  And some of these photos I took with 10,000 ISO.  Not long ago 10,000 ISO would mean HEAVY GRAIN, but not now.  I also post processed the photos using Lightroom.  By the way, I love the new dehaze feature in Lightroom.  

Until My Next Adventure,
(Canon Photowalk at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, courtesy of Tempe Camera!)
See You On Down the Road!




Monday, December 18, 2017

Lights of the World December 2017

The Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix hosted Lights of the World and Chinese acrobats this Christmas season in Phoenix.  It gets crowded so we decided to go a wee bit early and catch the 5:30pm Chinese acrobats first.  It was a pleasant 60+ degrees out; just perfect!   

The photos you see were taken with my backup camera, the Canon 3Gx.  It has one permanent lens, 24 to a whopping 600mm.  It’s very lightweight.  I use it especially when a venue says “no professional cameras.”  What that means is any camera with detachable lenses typically won’t be let in. I always pull out this little camera to show security... “look, the lens doesn’t come off!” 
  


Now, this camera won’t ever replace my Canon 5D Mark IV.  But I decided to take this camera also because the more you use your equipment, the better you get with it.  


For the acrobats, I used a shutter speed from 640th to 1,000th of a second to try to freeze motion.  AND, because it was dark, I had to use a fairly high ISO.  In the end, there was grain in those shots, so I had to use some anti-grain magic in post processing with Lightroom.  This is where the difference between the G3x and the 5D Mark IV.  My 5D handles high ISO far far better with less to no grain.  You also will not get 6 or 10 frames per second with the G3x, either.  More like one frame per second.   


After the Chinese acrobats performed, it was time to walk through the grounds and look at the marvelous lighted animals and buildings.  The colorful objects were well lit with a black background.  I was very happy at the performance of the G3x in this case.  I could use a more reasonable ISO of around 400.  I found no grain in any of the photos!

Given the objects were so brilliantly lit, anybody standing in front appeared to be dark shadows.  I liked that.  

And, I got a chance photo of a baby girl no doubt seeing Santa for the first time.
  

Until My Next Adventure,
See You On Down the Road!





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