This is Part 1 of 2 from the 2012 Reno Rodeo. Part 2 (timed events, etc) is here.
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:
How about this look from Cody Whitney:
Is he still mad about this picture?
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:
The sun sticks around for the bareback riding:
But not the re-rides:
The bull riding was really exciting, with some great battles that could have gone either way:
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:
It's not often you see all out celebration at rodeos, so it's nice to be able to catch it:
Some wild buckoffs:
Once again thanks to Steve Schroeder and everyone else at the Reno Rodeo for always finding a way to say yes.