I'm lucky to have a bunch of rodeos within driving distance, but luckier still to have a great rodeo like Livermore just 30 minutes away. Shooting rodeo and being able to sleep in my own bed is hard to beat.
This year I remembered to get down there for slack on Friday to shoot in the early morning light.
Just a week after breaking his foot chasing some runaway steer on the streets of Red Bluff, John Growney was back to form:
I had been thinking about how to make a unique portrait of John for a while, and it hit me after the group shot while I still had a wide lens on:
Behind the bucking chutes, I made this picture of Matt Bright's new tattoo. Fellow bareback rider Teddy Athan joked that the picture would have been better if the tattoo had actually been on the muscle...
Billy Bugenig took fifth place with this run:
As usual, the Wild Cow Milking was...wild:
I've been perfecting my Fisheye/Monopod Technique for the last year, and now I have a good picture of myself using it:
This is what my camera saw at the moment the picture above was taken:
And here's what happens when the horse decides to take off a little too close to the camera for comfort:
I'm so incredibly bored of frozen barrel racing pictures. Guys who shoot rodeo camp out at one barrel and make the same picture run after run. I put a neutral density filter on and dropped down to 1/30th or so and made pictures:
Thanks to a later starting time this year, by the time the bull riding started the sun was coming in pretty low which made for some crisp light:
Thanks to my friend Phil Doyle and the Livermore committee for letting me do my thing.