2013 Redding Rodeo - Behind the Scenes

My main mission at the Redding Rodeo was to shoot timed event slack for my clients, but since I was there, I decided to shoot the performances as well. But with a twist. The lights at the Redding Rodeo grounds are iffy, and since I have plenty of current bucking pictures, I figured it would be a better use of my time to hang around the bucking chutes and make some behind-the-scenes pictures. Artsy Fartsy, as Ol' Dale Miller calls them. I was working on pictures of the pickup mens' ropes when I saw Redding Rodeo president Bennett Gooch, so I framed him in the ropes:

2013 Redding Rodeo - Bennett Gooch

Behind the chutes, I worked on pictures of guys getting their gear ready and stretching:

2013 Redding Rodeo - Matt Bright

2013 Redding Rodeo - Brian Bain

2013 Redding Rodeo - Casey Colletti

2013 Redding Rodeo - Jesee Kruse

2013 Redding Rodeo - J.W. Harris & John Growney

2013 Redding Rodeo - Josi Young

2013 Redding Rodeo - Nevada Newman

2013 Redding Rodeo - Travis Atkinson

2013 Redding Rodeo - Ardie Maier

2013 Redding Rodeo - JR Vezain

2013 Redding Rodeo - Jacobs Crawley

2013 Redding Rodeo - Steve Woolsey & Nevada Newman

2013 Redding Rodeo - Clint Laye & Taylor Price

As the bareback section was about to start I climbed up on the chutes:

2013 Redding Rodeo - Steven Peebles

2013 Redding Rodeo - George Gillespie IV

2013 Redding Rodeo - Jacobs Crawley

2013 Redding Rodeo - Luke Creasy

At Clovis, I was trying to make a picture of Josi Young getting ready when Steven Peebles stuck his head in the frame. I liked how that picture came out, so I decided to make a series of them, starting with Josi:

2013 Redding Rodeo - Josi Young

I need to come up with a name for these portraits. So far I have "Under the Brim" and "In your grill".

2013 Redding Rodeo - Tyler Scales

2013 Redding Rodeo - Billy Bugenig

2013 Redding Rodeo - Morgan Heaton

2013 Redding Rodeo - Andrew Steiger

2013 Redding Rodeo - Ash "Crash" Cooper

2013 Redding Rodeo - Ash "Crash" Cooper

For more from Redding, check out my Timed Event blog post here.