My latest article with accompanying photography has just been published. It is about the award winning and record breaking 2022 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo celebrating their 35th year as a professional PRCA rodeo. The story and photos are separate from the big photo spread that has also been published! Click on the link or the image to go to the story and photos.
I’ve been on a a bit of a self-induced content creation blitz the last week or so as the award winning Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo is coming up quick (first weekend of June). This latest video is a fast-paced piece that is a compilation of my photography of that rodeo over the years 2003-2021. It’s been a pleasure to cover that rodeo for publication in numerous magazines over the last couple of decades. Click on the link or the image to go to the video on the Rumble platform.
It’s not exactly Singing in the Rain, but photographing in less-than-ideal weather is something you just do when you earn money with your camera. Wind whipping up? Rain starting to pour? It might be time to reach into the camera bag and pull out the emergency countermeasures (known by most people as lightweight windbreakers and plastic bags) and keep shooting.
While I have a lot of great photography related memories… a lot… I will always recall the freezing Sunday afternoon rain of the 2014 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. Despite it being early June, the downpour was frigid. My fingers were so cold they were basically stuck in the curved position of gripping my camera. On the positive side, at least I couldn’t drop my equipment in the mud.
I am a freelancer, so I get to choose what I cover and what I photograph. Ice cold rain is not something I typically enjoy (and I pity those that do), but I do love covering good rodeos and photo opportunities in the rain can be unique. So I stayed a while longer and I am glad I did.
Why am I glad I stayed? While I was able to use some of the shots for my published article, the real reason I am glad I stayed is the memories that were made. I will always have the memories that go with those photos. Was it miserable weather for photographing? Yep. Did I want to leave sooner than I did? Yes again. But now, when I go back and look at the photos, I get to smile as I recall being there.
Sometimes I can’t believe I get paid to write and photograph. What is that old saying? Do what you love and love what you do.
On the last weekend of the 2022 National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, the cattle dogs showed their stuff. Watching top-notch working dogs in action is always a treat and this year was no different. My article and photos about the cattle dog competition are now online at The Fence Post’s website. Use the following link — https://www.thefencepost.com/news/dog-day-afternoon-2/ — or click on the photo to take you to the article.
My photo spread of the many sights and activities over the last weekend of the 2022 National Western Stock Show is now published online by The Fence Post magazine. The final weekend culimated in record or near record crowds. Click on the image to see the photo spread.
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