2012 Livermore Rodeo

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. 2012 Livermore Rodeo Stagecoach

This year I remembered to get down there for slack on Friday to shoot in the early morning light.

Timothy Hayes - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Charlene Jespersen - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Just a week after breaking his foot chasing some runaway steer on the streets of Red Bluff, John Growney was back to form:

John Growney & Steve Woolsey - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Growney Brothers Rodeo Company & friends - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

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:

John Growney - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

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...

Matt Bright - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Matt Bright - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Bobby Mote - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Ryan Gray - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Billy Bugenig took fifth place with this run:

Billy Bugenig - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

As usual, the Wild Cow Milking was...wild:

Kyle Davilla - 2012 Livermore Rodeo Wild Cow Milking

I've been perfecting my Fisheye/Monopod Technique for the last year, and now I have a good picture of myself using it:

Matt Cohen - Fisheye/Monopod Technique

This is what my camera saw at the moment the picture above was taken:

Bradley Harter - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

And here's what happens when the horse decides to take off a little too close to the camera for comfort:

Tyrell Smith - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

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:

Gina Graham - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

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:

Colin McTaggart - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Friday Wright II - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Josh Daries - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Ty Hamaker - 2012 Livermore Rodeo

Thanks to my friend Phil Doyle and the Livermore committee for letting me do my thing.