Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Parada Del Sol Rodeo Scottsdale 12 March 2017


 This is one of my favorite rodeos, commonly called the Scottsdale Rodeo.  The venue is Westworld, an indoor arena, so at least no worries of a sunburn on this sunny Sunday in March.  Plus, it was air conditioned.

On the negative side, for photographers, was the mixed natural and fluorescent lighting.   And, that type of lighting always looks bright to the naked eye, but for the camera it isn't.  I had to compromise between shutter speed and the needed high ISO.  I was around 2500 ISO and a shutter speed from 1/160th to 1/200th of a second.  And the f/stop was as wide open as I could get.  So... I had to watch for grain in photos and maybe some unwanted motion blur.  I shot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and a Tamron 28-300mm lens.

 We got to the arena quite early and was delighted to see a pre-event, ladies and gentlemen horseback target shooting.  The shooting made for a smokey arena, but this was fun to watch and it seemed to me the ladies did an overall better job of it!


What would a rodeo be without clowns?  I've always thought the clowns were some of the hardest working people in rodeo.  They are there to entertain but also distract angry animals away from cowboys.  

The ladies of rodeo put on what I consider to be my second favorite event:  barrel racing.  Now, this is a sad sight.  A barrel that goes down costs 5 seconds on the total time.  This young lady knocked down two this day so she was out of the running.  

This fellow rounds up buffalo and gets them on top of that trailer.  Magnificent creatures!



Probably not a good idea to play "horsey" with these big animals either!


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Turf Paradise 11 March 2017


I spent another lovely Phoenix, Arizona afternoon at Turf Paradise.  This time the attraction for families was wiener dog races.  The special events always brings a crowd and it was no different on this day.  


To the left, it looks like a parade of wiener dog handlers going through the throng of people.  Wiener dogs for ME meant a sale on hot dogs and I had a few while visiting!








Although it was the 11th of March, it was nearly 90 degrees.  What made the visit fun for me was I had a chance to talk to people visiting from Wisconsin and Illinois.  They looked confused so I shared some tips on where to sit, for instance.  I like it up on the top deck... best view for photography, I think.  And I gave some betting tips.  Like:  take out a dollar bill, what is the last serial number?  Bet THAT horse!  


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show 26 Feb 2017

I photographed parts of the last day of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show with a Canon 5D Mark IV and 28-300mm Tamron lens.  

Our friend Callista (along with husband Rick), who was with us, asked me an important question.  "How is the competition judged?"  Here is a link from the Scottsdale Arabian Horse site. It's actually a very good question.  I go in blind to that and look for interesting things to photograph.  But if you know more about the sport, I think it would make photographing much easier and more fun.  So next year, I will learn more about the rules!


One of the other features of this show was the HUGE western and horse shopping area.  Liberty Wildlife brought out some rescued birds and there were rescue dogs displaying their skills too.  And there were RESCUED dogs up for adoption.  By the way, this is a dog friendly event.
 


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Friday, December 30, 2016

LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS 2016

Las Noches de las Luminarias was a holiday celebration at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden.  It featured after dark entertainment, light displays and eight thousand hand lit luminarias.  






On this particular night shortly before Christmas, I saw the Mariachi Pasion, Jacome Flamenco, Salt River Brass Quintet, and the Desert Bells International.

Once the sun went down, the obvious challenge was photographing in low light.  I opened up the aperture all the way to f/4, using a Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon 24-105mm II lens.


In post processing with Lightroom, and Aurora and Noiseless from MacPhun, some of the shots were simply too grainy.  That happens when shooting at around 25,000 ISO!  I had to shoot without a tripod because most of these kinds of venues do not allow tripods.  That is a good policy in this case as it was nearly pitch black out and the Christmas crowd was fairly large.



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Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Day at the Turf Paradise Races

I’ve photographed at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona many times.  So nothing new there.  What WAS new was my second camera, the Canon G3X.  It is smaller and lighter than my main camera, the Canon 5D Mark IV, and cost a lot less.  My thinking was to take this camera and force myself to use it!  It’s the only way to learn a new piece of technology.


This camera can shoot in raw, which is nice for post processing (I use Lightroom primarily).  One question I wanted answered was can I shoot in burst mode.  The answer is yes you can… I did have to put the elector in the sports mode category to do that and then it only saved in jpg format. 



All-in-all, the camera performed well as a second camera.  It doesn’t make me want to give up my 5D Mark IV, that’s for sure.  But now I know I can carry this little beauty with me if I don’t want to haul the heavier 5D Mark IV and the heavier lenses. 
  

Until My Next Adventure

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