For the third year in a row, I had the pleasure this year of shooting the Livermore Rodeo. It's great to be able to shoot a big rodeo 45 minutes from home, but I wasn't planning on the weather. It was in the 90s for slack on Friday, but Saturday was something else. As I left the house on Saturday, my car's thermometer read 80, but as soon as we went over the hill, the reading went up a few degrees every mile. It was 106 by the time the rodeo started, and the reading on the dirt was reportedly 117. This is hot enough to cut back on the plan and conserve strength, and I still managed to massively dehydrate myself. Awesome. Anyway, the Under The Brim project is picking up steam:
I shot a lot of team roping again, taking advantage of the good angles in the arena. On Friday the sprinklers were on, so I was able to lay in the grass and shoot while getting a shower at the same time.
I played around with some more low angles and even shot with my portrait lens a bit during barrel racing:
Billy Bugenig won the steer wrestling and set a new arena record with a 3.1. I had never seen a time that fast before.
I shot wider than I usually do for the bareback and saddle bronc. Usually I'd shoot at 400 and get the first couple of jumps. Livermore has a narrower arena, so I shot 70-200, skipped the first couple of jumps and got some good stuff at the middle/end of rides:
I did a section of saddle broncs on Sunday with the fisheye/monopod, and got a couple of winners:
Some crazy bronc buckoffs:
No one rode a bull on Saturday which left it wide open on Sunday. Cody Campbell had a rematch from Red Bluff with Glory Days, and matched his score of 90 and took the buckle.
Some crazy bull buckoffs:
Crystal Clear is now the bull I never want to be around. On Saturday he bucked off Ben Miles and then knocked him out with a shot to the back...
...then on Sunday he threw off Carter Downing...
...stomped on him while hitting bullfighter Erick Layton...
...then sent Layton for a ride...
After Layton hit the ground, Crystal Clear had him lined up again before Tim O'Connor distracted him long enough to save Layton.
Thanks to Livermore Rodeo Foundation president Kathleen Baker-Minser and Livermore Rodeo photographer Phil Doyle for always taking care of me.