June 2007

Even Cowboys Use Canon

Cowboys Shoot Canon

At the recent rodeo I attended, there was an “official” photographer in the arena shooting photos. At the beginning he took shots of the Mutton Busting so parents could purchase them after the show. Not a ad service since he was able to get right in there with the action for nice closeups.Later in the show he came by our section of the arena to distance him from the “big” animals that might not take to kindly to his presence around them. It was then I noticed the trademark Canon Digital camera strap. I had a good laugh over it, and then quickly took this shot.

Later he was out shooting in the field:

Cowboy

As the night grew darker, I started to shoot less and less due to the loss of light. My long lens isn’t in the same class as some of my shorter ones in terms of aperture, so with shutter speeds slowing down the action began to blur. This old feller had it licked though with the biggest on camera flash I think I have ever seen.

Cowboy Flash

Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500mm, Various ISO/Shutter speed

Camping Makes Food Taste Better

Camping Pancakes

Camping Pancackes

What is it about camping that really does make food taste better? Of course, when we go camping we often choose foods we wouldn’t normally eat at home, at least not all at once. Easy to prepare when camping does not always equate to healthy for you. Still, there is something about breakfast after a night out in the great outdoors that cannot be matched. Is it the crisp morning air, the fire to warm yourself by, having woken up to the sunlight rather than an alarm, or perhaps a combination of all factors that you get when camping. Whatever it is, I love it.

Our family is headed out again this weekend, and I look forward to the entire experience, including breakfast!

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Canon 20D, 24-105L, 1/125 at f4.0 and 400ISO

Mutton Busting

Mutton Busting

Mutton Busting

This week is the annual “Strawberry Days” festival in Pleasant Grove, Utah where I live.  This is the oldest celebration in the state, rich with fun activities for families.  Along with the strawberries and cream sold everywhere, one of the favorites events is the rodeo.  This is a PRCA event, so riders come from all over to compete as part of their national ranking and points accumulation.

The show was great, and of course I took my camera to see what I could capture.  Honestly it was a tough even to photo from the stands.  I had to bring my longest lens and hand hold it at full zom while sitting on cramped bleachers to capture the action across the arena.  No small task I tell you.  I had plenty of blurry photos as a result; but, as I had hoped, I came away with a few keepers.

I’ll share some others soon, but I wanted to start with what is one of my favorite parts of a rodeo, Mutton Busting.  I am not a rodeo enthusiast, so one a year suits me just fine.  They are a lot of fun for the kids, including this big kid with his camera.  For the kids really involved – and mine were too chicken to jump in – they can sign up to ride the sheep bareback style.

I have plenty of shots of kids falling, etc., but this was by far my favorite because of the action and expression captured.  This is what I love about photography.  Here is a closeup crop of just the kid and the sheep:

Mutton Busting - Closeup

That look of concentration mixed with fear is priceless.  It was wiped off his face when he received the high score to that point for his ride.  Most kids fell off within seconds of course, but this one made it the distance as that sheep headed all around the arena.  He was bested later, but he received the biggest applause of the night.

Please take a moment to view this photo at a larger, desktop wallpaper size to really get a better feel for the scene.

Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500mm, 1/1600 at f8.0 and 400ISO