Evergreen Rodeo

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Boy has it been a while since I posted anything here. It’s not because I didn’t want to. I just haven’t had the time to properly post. Anyway let’s dive into it. Last weekend was the annual Evergreen Rodeo. I only cover about 10 days of rodeo every year but I love shooting it. There is something very raw and true about the sport. It has remained largely untouched by television drama and big corporate money. The access is fantastic. Almost everything is open as long as you don’t get hurt trying to do it. Speaking of getting hurt, the rider and the horse in the first photo were uninjured in the fall.

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Evergreen Rodeo: Sunday PRCA

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

The Rodeo is now over. (I can’t wait until next year!) Sunday was an encore performance of Saturday with one exception. That exception is pictured above. Unfortunately her performance was cut short when she lost control of her horse.

I kept up with my theme of trying to come up with new angles for the same events today. I shot through the fence, from outside the chutes and way up on the hill above the arena with a 1.4x and a 2.ox converter. I made a lot of bad pictures but I also made a lot of good pictures taking chances. Not a bad day overall. Barbara Ford joined me today and having a skilled second shooter always takes the pressure off. Click through to see what I came up.

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Evergreen Rodeo: Saturday PRCA

© 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.

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