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.
A new photo spread of mine has been published by The Fence Post magazine and is now online on their website. The photo spread is of the championship round of rodeo at the 2022 National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO (Sunday January 23, 2022). Click on the image to go to the photo spread.
I love watching great animal athletes in action, especially horses. The championship round of rodeo at the 2022 National Western Stock Show had the best bucking stock in the sport on hand to compete against the top cowboys. The award winning “Lunatic From Hell” (out of the great “Lunatic Fringe”) showed why he is one of the best bucking horses in the sport as he not only bucked off the cowboy, but also managed to avoid stepping on the competitor while continuing to buck and show off for the big crowd on Sunday January 23, 2022.
I was finally able to get the new camera (Canon EOS 1Dx Mark III) out to some night rodeo action. First of all, it felt good to be taking action shots again. I love the challenge of action shooting.
First things first, though. A rodeo always has a patriotic National Anthem, and the 2021 Elizabeth Stampede’s XTreme Bulls did it right…
Once the sun goes down, it has often been a different story, as night time action can be a significant obstacle for me with my 14-year-old 1D Mark III camera. As you can imagine, I was eager to experience shooting with the new 1Dx Mark III.
It did not disappoint.
In the past, I had to leave a night rodeo when the sun went down. A lot of the outdoor arena lights are fine for watching a rodeo from the stands, but not for photography purposes. Just not enough light to support a fast enough shutter speed to capture the action. And my older EOS 1D just did not have the High ISO capability to bump the shutter speed and still have usable images.
As you can see from the above image, the new Canon EOS 1Dx Mark III allowed me to stay and shoot the bull riding action under the lights. While my older version had a usable ISO of about 2,500, the new 1Dx Mark III allowed me to shoot the bull riding with an ISO of 25,000 and still have usable photos to send to the magazine that will publish my coverage. It is a massive difference, and will boost my freelance capabilities by a significant amount.
A winning ride under the lights…
I am highly satisfied, so far, with the Canon EOS 1Dx Mark III’s capabilities and am looking forward to working over this coming weekend to put it through even more paces.
The championship round of rodeo at the 2014 National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado was full of action and enthusiastic fans in the stands (a near capacity crowd of 8,279). Here is my story and some photos from the event that have been published in The Fence Post magazine.
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