Sunday, April 8, 2012
Cave Creek Rodeo 1 April 2012
These are photos from the 1 April 2012 finals of the Cave Creek Arizona professional rodeo. Now I’m a veteran of the Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Festival of the Cowboy) pro rodeo in Tucson, but the Cave Creek rodeo is pretty darn good. One thing I like is the arena is smaller; there just isn’t a bad sight line for fans and photographers!
I got lucky this time around as Traci Casale of the board of directors got my students and me into the arena with media badges and a bit of a discount on tickets. My perch as next to the announcer, right above the broncos and bulls.
This was a daytime event. Although we had more than enough light, the biggest problem a photographer has to deal with is shadows. I found I had to spend a good amount of time in post processing with Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5 on some of these shots.
I used a Canon 7D with Tamron 70-200mm lens and a Tamron 1.4x (sometimes) extender. All hand held. ISO 100 on all shots. By the way, see why I like rodeo? Prettiest girls around ride horses it seems.
Next year, I want to photograph during the night sessions of the rodeo. Of course, less light and uneven light will prove to be very tricky I’m sure. I’ll bring my fastest lens and a monopod for more stability. I’ll no doubt have to shoot in higher ISO, 400 to even 800.
Here’s my entire collection of photos from Flickr!
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Jim Patterson is professor of business and i.t. at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix and also teaches speech for Northern Arizona University. My faculty page is at http://www2.pvc.maricopa.edu/~
patterson My dream is to one day have a photography and photography workshop business! My photography webpage is at http://JamesGordonPatterson. com