Monday, June 15, 2009

Bull riding, Madison

My first shot at rodeo action for this summer was last Friday night when the Northern Bull Riding Tour made a stop at Madison's Prairie Village.

At most rodeos I don't get a lot of bull riding photos because it is typically the last event of the show and at a nighttime rodeo by that time it has just become too dark to easily shoot fast action. I ran into this familiar problem at Madison as well. I decided to not give up and keep shooting, but try for some special effects.

I dialed in a slow shutter speed of around 1/8 of a second with my flash set for rear-sync. Then I zoomed out during the exposure to give this "exploding" effect.

Earlier in the evening I had shot more standard stuff, but I was happier with the fun shots above.

The cowboys of the Northern Bull Riding Tour will be riding in several cities across South Dakota throughout the summer. Check out the schedule at NBRT.


~*Brooke*~ said...

Great shots, Chad!! Love them! I know you have a hectic schedule but if you ever get a chance, you should check out my work, and possibly give me some critiques! I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks Brooke. I checked out your site and added a link to the South Dakota Photographers list in the right column.

Good stuff, I really like the robin eggs in the nest and the lone pine cone. "Resting Leaf" has some very nice composition going on.

The architectural shots remind me very much of things I did when I was learning photography. Keep it up!


~*Brooke*~ said...

Thanks so much, Chad!!

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