This is Part 2 of 2 from the 2012 Reno Rodeo. Part 1 (roughstock) is here.
Shooting at the same place for 10 days allows for experimentation as well as the ability to take advantage of things you notice along the way. I was able to talk my way into sharing the medic’s spot beside the gate where the grand entry begins to get interesting pictures of Cotton Rosser and Miss Reno Rodeo:
Just when you think you have seen it all, along comes a 27-year-old capuchin monkey wearing chaps and a cowboy hat riding a dog that pens sheep:
Shooting from the announcer’s stand means being next to Bob Tallman for a bit. You never know what you’re going to get:
One of the days after slack I saw a bunch of people with camera phones standing around a stack of hay bales. I figured a rookie was going through some kind of initiation, but it turned out it was a baby barn owl who was trying to escape the heat:
If you have the stamina for it, the Reno Rodeo is the perfect place for timed event pictures. Everyone gets to go twice which means that I have the freedom to try different things while still getting usable pictures of all of the timed event stars. But 2pm slack means shooting in the hottest part of the day with only a couple of hours between the end of slack and the beginning of each night’s performance.
I ended up doing a ton of panning during the barrel racing. It’s low percentage, but I’ll take these pictures over the standard second barrel pictures any day:
Catching a steer wrestler’s face through the legs of his horse is not something you can plan for. But I’ll take it:
Tough Enough To Wear Your Jeans Tucked Into Pink Boots Night:
I did some panning during roping as well:
I’m really happy with this picture of Trevor Brazile:
And Tuf Cooper’s winning run on Saturday night:
Once again thanks to Steve Schroeder and everyone else at the Reno Rodeo for always finding a way to say yes.