After shooting almost nothing but timed-events in Redding all week, I was eager to get some roughstock pictures at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo. One of the coolest traditions in rodeo is how they bring the flag into the arena. A rider starts at the top of a very steep hill and races down in full view of the fans. I set up at a bend so I could get it straight-on, but before the flag, some bulls and wild horses ran around at the top of the hill.
Then came the flag:
I did a set of bareback riders with the fisheye/monopod setup, and got one of my best pictures with it on the very first ride when Winn Ratliff and Wrangler bounced around in front of the chute for the first few seconds.
Then Damage Control reared up just inches from my lens:
I mixed it up for the bull riding, some from behind the chutes and some from the stands:
Rocky McDonald had to take two re-rides, but won the buckle on his third bull:
Some timed-event action:
I did some panning from right beside the roping chutes, low percentage, but nice results:
With a captive audience, I continued my "Under the Brim" project:
The picture of Julie Blach ran in the July issue of Spin To Win Rodeo Magazine: