© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010
The photo above pretty much sums up my take on Saturday. I shot the parade then high tailed it to the arena. In a change from last year, the rodeo was moved to 2pm. This was probably a good thing for rodeo attendance but not a good thing for photography. The light is pretty bad at 2pm. I think last year it started around 5pm. At that time there is an abundance of good, directional light that blankets the arena. I only had to push the ISO above 1600 for the last bull riders. Today the light didn’t cooperate at all. I did my best to try and come up with some different angles and to try and work with the light.
Speaking of angles, in the past I have shot from the tower with the announcer and timers. This year only one photographer was allowed in the tower. I don’t know who it was but I really hope it wasn’t a commercial event photographer that restricted a member of the working press from covering that angle for the sole purpose of exclusivity. I’m gonna try to find out some more information tomorrow. Some of the photos that I posted yesterday are from that angle and it would be a shame to lose that as an option.
Overall there weren’t a lot of stand out moments today. I still took home a couple of decent photos. Tomorrow I will focus more on features and less on action.