Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Scottsdale Parada del Sol Rodeo 8 March 2020




The Scottsdale Parada del Sol rodeo finals was held at Westworld on Sunday 8 March.  The all-around top cowboy was JC Mortensen for bareback riding and bull riding. Here are the full results from the rodeo finals. 


Events included bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, the ladies of barrel racing, and bull riding.  In addition to the rodeo clown, lady trick riders and ropers entertained and they were GOOD!   
   
In my opinion, the very easiest event for the fan to understand is barrel racing.   Three barrels to get around.   Knock any over and suffer a 5 second penalty.   And everything is electronically timed.  The lady and horse with  the fastest score wins.  


Westworld is an indoor arena with mixed artificial and natural light.   Although to the naked eye the arena looks well lit, it's a different challenge for a photographer.   Photos right out of the camera have a very decidedly orange tint.   The best white balance I found was fluorescent.  Because of the camera-weak lighting, I had to often use a very high ISO of 6400 or more.   Post processing in Lightroom, sometimes also in Luminar 4, and a few in Simplify 4. 


Next rodeo up for me is the Cave Creek Rodeo at the end of March.







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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Turf Paradise 4 March 2020

I've photographed action at Turf Paradise many times.   This time, I wanted to use my Tamron 70-200mm lens to see how that would work out.

I stayed through three races this day.   Got a beer and two hot dogs out of the visit, too.  

The Tamron lens was on a Canon EOS R.   Post processing done with Lightroom and a few I also used Luminar 4 and Simplify 4 for a painterly look.   Sometimes I use Simplify 4 on photos that might be a wee bit out of focus.   I kind of like the end result.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Lost Dutchman Rodeo 1 March 2020


February and March means rodeo season in Southern and Central Arizona.    


Sunday 1 March was the finals of the Lost Dutchman Rodeo in Apache Junction, Arizona, just a short drive east from the Phoenix metropolitan area.   The rodeo grounds are in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains and the legend that there is a fortune in lost gold nearby.

It was our first visit to this rodeo.  It's a long ride from north north Phoenix, so I was hoping it would be good.   Here's a nice surprise.  All lathered up for the sun, I find the stands are in the shade!   No complaints here.   

And what I've come to expect from rodeos, the friendliest people around!   And, of course, very patriotic.

Most of the rodeos I've photographed have one ladies event, barrel racing.  At the Lost Dutchman Rodeo, add to that ladies breakaway (the rope breaks off as soon as its roped) calf roping.   I haven't seen that event in many years.  Now I hear our Cave Creek Rodeo at the end of March will have two events for the women, too.

Next rodeo up in the area is the Parada del Sol Scottsdale Rodeo, then the Cave Creek Rodeo.

All images captured with a Canon EOS R and Tamron 100-400mm lens.  Post production in Lightroom and a few paintings produced with Simplify 4.   


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show 16 February 2020

Scottsdale hosted the 65th Arabian Horse Show.   This is from a visit I made on Sunday 16 February for the afternoon show.   The entire show ran from 13 to 23 February.    
Just outside the arena was the largest horse-related shopping area I’ve ever seen.   

Some of the events that afternoon were the English Pleasure Championship, the Hunter Pleasure Championship, and the always popular Arabian Mounted Native Costume Championship.   

The arena always presents challenges for the photographer. The lighting is uneven.   Plus, it’s mixed lighting between sunlight and artificial light.   I captured images with a Canon EOS R and the Canon 24-240mm lens.   I opened the aperture to f/4 and ISO usually around 3200.   I used Lightroom in post processing, along with Luminar 4 and some selected images I also used Topaz Simplify 4.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Buddy Jewell at Watson's Hat Shop in Cave Creek





Buddy Jewell, country music star and winner of Nashville Star in 2003 appeared at Watson’s Hat Shop in Cave Creek, Arizona Saturday 8 February 2002.   


This was a benefit for America’s Mighty Warriors, headquartered in Surprise, Arizona.  Debbie Lee heads the organization dedicated to helping veterans.   Her son Marc Lee was the first Navy SEAL killed in action in Iraq.   

Buddy has had an up and down career since winning on Nashville Star, beating out Miranda Lambert, who finished in third place that year.   

Buddy reminds me why I like country music so much and why I love photographing country artists.   They are nice people.   Buddy was so gracious at the meet and greet.   After a short chat, he seemed like an old pal.   And the country audiences, they’re nice too.   

I kept thinking… dang, where do I know that guy from?   Then he played some music and I thought where do I know that song from?  

In addition to being a great song stylist, he also carried on some banter between tunes, talking about how the Jewells and Cash family, as in Johnny Cash, grew up together in a little town in Arkansas.   

Here’s a sample of a patriotic song Buddy sang at the event.   And, he also performed a song about Willie giving up weed!

And the good news is Buddy will be back next year to do another benefit for America’s Mighty Warriors.   

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Time at the Desert Botanical Garden



The Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden always puts on a light show at night around Christmas.   I love going because it usually isn't too cold AND my Canon EOS R can take really nice photos in low light.  My lens was the new Canon RF 24-240mm.   

In addition to lights on trees and luminarias along the walking paths, there were bell players and musicians to entertain.  


Until My Next Adventure,

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Jim Patterson

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019



Another season of horse racing has started at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.


Although I could not  attend the opening day of 12 October 2019, I did make it to the Monday 14 October meet.  



Temperatures in the upper 80s and blue skies welcomed several hundred fans.

I captured images with a Canon EOS R and Tamron 100-400mm lens.  Post processing in Lightroom and Luminar 4.



Special hello to head of security Dan Adams who came out to greet me.  He had recognized me from other times I visited.  I want to plan a photowalk to Turf Paradise soon!


Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road,

Jim Patterson

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Las Vegas and Nelson and More



Photoshop World finally made it back to Las Vegas and I was there.  It's always great seeing fabulous photography instructors.  It's like an intense three semester hour graduate photography course.  


Before the regular conference, there were a number of pre-conference activities.  I went out to the ghost town of Nelson, Nevada, about an hour south and east of Las Vegas with famed sports photographer (and light painter) Dave Black.


Nelson.  I immediately thought of the television show "American Pickers."  There is old stuff, toys, cars, planes, all over the place.  We had some time to photograph with some daylight, then the fun really began when it got dark.  And it is D-A-R-K there.  I'm glad I had a light that went around my head because it was hard to see where I was walking.   

I photographed with a Canon EOS R and Canon 24-105mm RF lens.  Long exposures and sometimes even ISO that got as high as 3200.  

I got lucky on this image.  Notice the barn in the bottom left?  I had no idea somebody else was light painting that.  And the red that is on the bottom right?  That's from the bus.  


The other favorite night photo of mine has the Texaco sign just a bit too hot and in the bottom right another photographer.  Again, it was so dark I couldn't even tell.


I noticed an old phone booth, so I wandered in.  It said "Michigan Bell."  Now I grew up in Michigan.  I closed my eyes for a moment and though that hey maybe I used this phone back in Michigan?

During the conference, there was always something to photograph.  

Then just explore The Mirage, whether it was flowers, or guitars, or jewels....


And enjoy the dolphins and animals, too.


Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road,

Jim Patterson

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Butterfly Wonderland Scottsdale 27 July 2019


The fine folks at Tempe Camera hosted a photographer's visit to Scottsdale's Butterfly Wonderland on 27 July 2019.  


I captured images this day with the Canon EOS R and Canon 100mm macro lens.  


It is HOT and HUMID in there.  The good news was there was relief in the air conditioned cafeteria just outside the butterfly area.

There were butterflies of course.  And female models (wood nymphs) and lovely flowers.  













In addition to the extreme humidity, sometimes the misters came on which meant time to clean the lens glass.  

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road,

Jim Patterson

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