It's very hard to believe that this was my fifth trip to Red Bluff to shoot the Round-Up, but that's just what it was. The Round-Up committee and staff were among the first to credential me to shoot rodeo, and the people of Red Bluff have become my biggest fans. Whenever I shoot the same event multiple times, I look for ways to get different pictures. In an effort to change it up a little bit, I rented a Nikon 24mm f/1.4 for some behind-the-scenes environmental portraits.
This is the third year in a row I got a picture of John Growney giving me the finger:
Ever wonder what steer wrestlers talk about? Steers.
Continuing my mission to shoot more roping...
...and barrel racing:
The light on Friday evening was nice while it lasted:
The roughstock action was great as usual:
Some crazy buckoffs:
I used my fisheye/monopod setup for one section of 12 riders and come up with these two pictures:
The highlight is always The Wild Ride:
Flying U #317 update: After my wife first saw 317 at Oakdale, she decided that he was her favorite, and she named him Eugene. I changed it slightly to U-Gene to go along with the Flying U theme. I asked Reno Rosser if we could actually name him U-Gene, and he said sure. At Red Bluff we got to spend a lot of time with U-Gene as he waited for his turn to run the arena. Mostly he slept, with breaks for his mother's milk and a little bit of hay, but towards the end of the week, he warmed up to us.
When it was time for his lap, he did it perfectly, even matching his mom stride for stride: