2012 Reno Rodeo - Roughstock

This is Part 1 of 2 from the 2012 Reno Rodeo. Part 2 (timed events, etc) is here. Colts - 2012 Reno Rodeo

10 days in Reno. While that might not sound like your cup of tea, it is mine, when I get the chance to shoot one of the biggest rodeos in the world with all of the access I want. And that's what the story is here: Give me the access, and I will make your rodeo look awesome. The Reno Rodeo committee empowers their Director of Communications Steve Schroeder to do crazy things like...letting me shoot a rodeo, from wherever I want. Let this be a lesson.

The first night of the Reno Rodeo is the all-bull-riding Xtreme Bulls, and this year it was retro night:

Reno Rosser - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Cotton Rosser - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Retro Costume Contest - 2012 Reno Rodeo

How about this look from Cody Whitney:

Cody Whitney - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Is he still mad about this picture?

Seth Glause - 2012 Reno Rodeo

J.W. Harris - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Ash "Crash" Cooper - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Donny Castle & Travis Atkinson - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Tim O'Connor & Colin McTaggart - 2012 Reno Rodeo

One of the best parts of the Reno Rodeo is how big the area is behind the bucking chutes, and how the light comes in at a low angle. I arrived two hours early each day to shoot riders warming up and hanging out:

Kelly Timberman - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Steven Anding - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Steven Peebles - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Reno Rosser, Kaycee Feild & Tilden Hooper - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Richie Champion - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Ryan Gray and Casey Colletti - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Jake Larson - 2012 Reno Rodeo

J.W. Harris - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Will Lowe - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Ryan Gray, Steven Dent, Jason Havens & Joe Gunderson - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Dustin Elliott - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Cody DeMoss - 2012 Reno Rodeo

The sun sticks around for the bareback riding:

Steven Peebles - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Casey Colletti - 2012 Reno Rodeo

But not the re-rides:

Wes Stevenson - 2012 Reno Rodeo

The bull riding was really exciting, with some great battles that could have gone either way:

Sunshine Schwartz - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Ardie Maier - 2012 Reno Rodeo

I was able to shoot the bull riding from the announcer's stand a couple of the nights, and you can't beat that overhead view:

Ty Pozzobon - 2012 Reno Rodeo

John Jacobs - 2012 Reno Rodeo

It's not often you see all out celebration at rodeos, so it's nice to be able to catch it:

Heith DeMoss - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Taos Muncy & Bradley Harter - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Some wild buckoffs:

Brad Rudolf - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Taos Muncy & Jeff Willert - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Cody Angland & Troy Crowser - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Caleb Bennett - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Joaquin Real - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Bryan Richardson - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Tyrell Smith - 2012 Reno Rodeo

Once again thanks to Steve Schroeder and everyone else at the Reno Rodeo for always finding a way to say yes.