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This is my first post in the FM Sports Corner forum. I am retired and enjoying photography in the Pacific Northwest portion of the US. I have been attending a few local rodeos for several years now. This particular one is the Sedro Woolley Rodeo. Comments and feed-back are most certainly welcome!
Keith W.






1. Bareback Riding, Nikon D5, Nikon 80-400mm lens, 340mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 360






2. Tie-Down Roping, Nikon D5, Nikon 80-400mm lens, 350mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400






3. Breakaway Roping, Nikon D5, Nikon 80-400mm lens, 330mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 320






4. Barrel Racing, Nikon D5, Nikon 80-400mm lens, 135mm, f/5, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1250






5. Bull Riding, Nikon D5, Nikon 80-400mm lens, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 5000






6. Mounted Shooting, Nikon D5, Nikon 80-400mm lens, 135mm, f/5, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1800






7. Ranch Saddle Bronc, Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200mm lens, 140mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 100



Jul 08, 2017 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Sedro Woolley Rodeo


Fannntastic!


Jul 08, 2017 at 11:01 PM
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gschlact wrote:
Fannntastic!


Guy, thanks! It was a blast to shoot - I always enjoy a small, local, rodeo.
Keith W.



Jul 08, 2017 at 11:38 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Sedro Woolley Rodeo


Nice work. Peak action captured well!!! I shoot rodeo exclusively and know how difficult some of these events can be to capture properly. Nice job!!!


Jul 09, 2017 at 12:23 AM
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Weasel_Loader wrote:
Nice work. Peak action captured well!!! I shoot rodeo exclusively and know how difficult some of these events can be to capture properly. Nice job!!!


Dan, thank you very much! It helps that I have gotten to know this particular rodeo pretty well. I had hoped to make it to some other small rodeos this summer, but family obligations might make that difficult this year. Thanks again!
Keith W.



Jul 09, 2017 at 01:42 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Sedro Woolley Rodeo


Nice set. You have captured some peak action moments.
At f5.6 and your shooting location in relation to the subject does not give you a clean subject isolation. Cropping might work.

Keep shooting and keep sharing.

IB



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cs3is wrote:
At f5.6 and your shooting location in relation to the subject does not give you a clean subject isolation. Cropping might work.

IB


Yes, my subject isolation needs improvement. That's part of the reason why I tried the 70-200mm f/2.8, but that was on a crop sensor camera (Nikon D500). I should have tried it on the full frame Nikon D5 body (although the reach might not have been enough for most events). I have finally come to the conclusion that to really perfect my subject isolation, I need to use something like a 300mm f/2.8 (which I do not own) in combination with a 70-200mm f/2.8. Most of the action occurs at just over 300mm, but some of it (e.g., some of the barrel racing) occurs much closer. Thanks for putting this point in focus! Much appreciated!

Keith W.



Jul 14, 2017 at 05:30 AM
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kwilliam8 wrote:
Yes, my subject isolation needs improvement. That's part of the reason why I tried the 70-200mm f/2.8, but that was on a crop sensor camera (Nikon D500). I should have tried it on the full frame Nikon D5 body (although the reach might not have been enough for most events). I have finally come to the conclusion that to really perfect my subject isolation, I need to use something like a 300mm f/2.8 (which I do not own) in combination with a 70-200mm f/2.8. Most of the action occurs at just over 300mm, but some of it (e.g., some of
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I started out three years ago with a Nikon D4 and an older 300mm f/2.8 AF-S II. Shot about 98% of my rodeo images with that combo the first year. Sold the 300/2.8 and got a 200mm f/2 VR that I've been using since then and now with a D5. The 200/2 is really sweet since it takes any of the TCs and still get sharp images. I only used the TC14 with mine for certain events.

If you can get in the arena to shoot, you can easily get by with 200mm on a full frame for most events. Steer wrestling is the only event I find myself needing more than 200mm.



Jul 14, 2017 at 05:54 AM
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Weasel_Loader wrote:
I started out three years ago with a Nikon D4 and an older 300mm f/2.8 AF-S II. Shot about 98% of my rodeo images with that combo the first year. Sold the 300/2.8 and got a 200mm f/2 VR that I've been using since then and now with a D5. The 200/2 is really sweet since it takes any of the TCs and still get sharp images. I only used the TC14 with mine for certain events.

If you can get in the arena to shoot, you can easily get by with 200mm on a full frame for most events. Steer
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I have never seen any photographers inside of the arenas of the small local rodeos around here. And I am just doing this for fun and experience. I do own the Nikon 200mm f/2 VR, and had been thinking about that possibility. If I need the reach, which I might for some events, then the 1.4x TC on the 200mm is a possibility. I have been a bit nervous about bringing such a big hunk of glass to an event where dirt (and sometimes small rocks) are flying around.. But, (1) my gear is insured, and (2) bigger glass is the only way to better subject isolation. If I was doing this professionally, this would probably be a no-brainer. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Keith W.



Jul 14, 2017 at 06:16 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Sedro Woolley Rodeo


Nice shots. You actually capture the bullet in #6. Crazy.


Jul 21, 2017 at 10:53 PM
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CaseyChaos wrote:
Nice shots. You actually capture the bullet in #6. Crazy.


Casey, thanks! I am not sure that I captured the bullet in image 6, but I did capture the balloon starting to burst!
Keith W.



Jul 21, 2017 at 11:13 PM
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kwilliam8 wrote:
Casey, thanks! I am not sure that I captured the bullet in image 6, but I did capture the balloon starting to burst!
Keith W.


I'm pretty sure that's it just the left of the lady/girl in green. Regardless, nice work!



Jul 22, 2017 at 01:10 PM







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