Monday, March 22, 2021

Team Roping in Wickenburg Arizona


It was a beautiful Saturday 20 March 2021 in Wickenburg, Arizona, home of team roping.


Team ropers came out in numbers chasing some real money in the event.   




It was wall-to-wall horses, calves, cowboys, and cowgirls.  And they made enough room for me to capture it all.


Until My Next Adventure,

See you on down the road,

Jim Patterson


Click the photo below of Leo to see all the images from team roping from Wickenburg....



Bonus Photos....  I noticed a sunflower growing in my front yard.   








Bull Riding at the Buffalo Chip 10 March 2021

The Buffalo Chip in Cave Creek Arizona has opened up bull riding again but just on Wednesday nights.   It was a lovely night 10 March to enjoy bull riding and the company of others wanting a good time, too.   And I've found the best perch for me is the VIP section.

Of course, the sport of bull riding and all the participants and fans are patriotic, so it did not begin until the flag and national anthem were played, as it should be.


Although there were quite a number of riders, not one went the mandatory eight seconds.  


To the left is my favorite image of the night.  That will tell you how close we were to the action in the VIP section.  

Bull riding is a dangerous sport.  Although I think the cowboy hat looks nice, the helmet helps protect a rider's head better.





Until My Next Adventure,

See you on down the road,

Jim Patterson



Click the photo below to see all the images from the Buffalo Chip's Bull riding....





Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Wildlife World Zoo and Arrowhead CC Egrets


Waay out on the west side of the Phoenix area valley in Litchfield Park is Wildlife World Zoo.  There's also an aquarium there.  So photographing would be a challenge.   The aquarium was of course much darker than outside where the animals lived.  

 


I captured images with the Canon EOS R6 and Canon RF 24-240.   When in the aquarium, I wished I had the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 with me.   And there were times out in the zoo I wished I had more reach like the Tamron 100-400mm lens.   


Then again, I wasn't interested in lugging around all that heavy equipment.

One chief challenge is photographing animals through fencing.  If you can get close enough to the fence, you can focus through it.   Sometimes it just plain doesn't work.  


It's a pretty large park with lots of walking.   I'd advise going at 9am before it gets crowded.


The next day, I went to Arrowhead Country Club in Glendale to see if I could photograph the egrets that live around the pond at the golf course.   


I chose Monday since most everything at the club is shut down on that day.   I captured images with the Canon EOS R6 and the Tamron 150-600mm.  Some of the earlier shots were combined with the Tamron 2x extender, making my effective reach of 1200mm.


My camera set up is difficult to hand hold.   I found even with the new image stabilization feature in the lens and body it was still difficult to get good shots.  I should have brought my monopod.  

The solution was to go to the second floor of the clubhouse where I could set my camera on the hand rail.   And it worked.


Until My Next Adventure,

See you on down the road,

Jim Patterson

Click the photo below to see all the images from Wildlife World Zoo...


Click the photo below to see all the images of the egrets of Arrowhead Country Club in Glendale....