Rodeo Photography, Scipio Utah
Perhaps some of the most challenging photography comes when you're at a rodeo in the pouring rain, at night, wearing a duster...an old bread bag draped over your camera, hand and lens...and lets not forget the horrific mercury vapor lights illuminating the arena that wreak havoc with your images! On the flip side, you also have the most incredible opportunities to capture dramatic images. This was the situation I found myself in down in Scipio, Utah over the July 24th weekend.
The beginning of the evening started at 8pm and I had decent light left from the setting sun. I was shooting with my 5D MKII, my 70-200mm L IS, in RAW format. We started with some Bronc Riding:
(ISO 1600, f4.0, 1/400sec)
As the night went on the rain seemed to get worse, I hadn't given the bread bag covering my camera and lens a good test, yet! I used this ultra cheap setup back earlier in the year when I was out covering new calves (http://on.fb.me/1c19YJZ). Ultimately, the only moisture present was that from my hand rubber banded inside the bag - it was more condensation than anything.
(ISO 6400, f/2.8, 1/500sec)
Once the sun finally went down I set a custom white balance. If you've ever shot inside a gym, or been under these mercury vapor lights, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. While I don't know the exact details of how or why this happens, there's a great link over here at sportsshooter.com (http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=23216). In most situation I'll use a custom white balance anyway. I was pleased with the results.
(ISO 6400, f/4.0, 1/160sec)
See the whole Scipio Rodeo gallery here: http://www.chrisdickinsonphotography.com/scipiorodeo2013
Keywords: 5DMKII, Rodeo, Scipio Rodeo, Scipio Rodeo 2013, Scipio Utah, cowboys, exposure, low light shooting, mercury vapor lights, photo tips
Hi Chris: We have not met but your wife, Joe, is helping us train our Bouvier des Flandres, Windsor. She suggested I look up your photography on the web and when I did, I must say that your work is some of the best I have ever seen. Your action and composition are wonderful. I will keep watching your site.
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