Happy Independence Day!

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Happy Independence Day!

I’m spending the day with my family, laughing, eating way too much, and being thankful for all my blessings; the freedom, and liberty we have in this country which was hard won by my/our forefathers.  John Adams summed my feeling today when he said, “[L]iberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”
John Adams

I wish all my fellow countrymen and women a wonderful day full of fun, great food, and maybe some fireworks shared with those you love!  If you’re not celebrating Independence Day today I hope you have a lovely day too!

I made this image a couple of weeks ago at the Rodeo with a Nikon Df & Nikkor 80-200mm lens.

More to come…

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Thursday Doors 26/52: N°1005

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Wow, this week is the halfway point for my year commitment to posting a door a week on Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors! This year is just flying by!

While I was at the Rodeo last week-end hanging around the stables photographing competitions, and candid portraits I noticed the stable doors, so of course this week I’m sharing Stable Doors and a very shy horse.

N°1005 -I couldn’t get this horse to stick its head out the door for the life of me! I think I needed to have a carrot or sugar cube instead of a camera.

I do love the bits and pieces hanging from the opened half of the door.

Stable Door 1005

…a close up of the latch,

Stable Door Hardware

A Cowboy practicing his ropin’ in front of a Stable Door N°1022

Practice makes Perfect

Lassoing a dummy cow/bull in front of a Stable Door N°1022

Practice makes Perfect II

…and this blond beauty at N°1002 wasn’t shy about poking its head, and nose out to find out what the heck all the clicking was about. 🙂

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This post is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.  If you love doors and would like to see the doors others are posting, or post doors you’ve photographed and join other door lovers from around the world click here.

At the end of Norm’s latest Thursday Door post is a little Blue Link-up/View button click it to be taken to a page with all the links to view all the posts, and add your own if you’re a door enthusiast too.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm & 80-200mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2015.5| Hand-held

More to come…

Monochrome Madness 2 18/52: The Wrangler

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This is an image from the Rodeo I attended recently. He has a great face for photography I thought.

Monochrome Madness 2 18 of 52 The Wrangler

It’s already week 18 of Monochrome Madness2! Time seems to pass so quickly each week. I barely made my entry to the challenge these last two weeks.  I hope you have some time to click over to Leanne’s site and view the other entries. I’m sure you’ll find something you like, and lots of inspiration.

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 80-200mm| @145mm| f/6.3| 1/1250s| ISO 400| Manual Priority| Hoodman STEEL Ultra Digital Film| Hand-held

More to come…

Summer is…

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the Rodeo!!

I spent the day at the San Benito County Rodeo yesterday, and really enjoyed the action, and skill of the riders.

I took two cameras; My D300s with my 80-200mm f/2.8 lens mounted, and my Df with the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

I ended up switching the lenses to the opposite cameras, so I could use higher ISO for faster shutter speed to stop the fast paced action, and not have much noise to worry about. The Df handles noise much better than the D300s with its older sensor.

I set my shooting mode in Continuous High and made over 650 images. A lot of those are “lead up to the shot” images and will be deleted. I’ve made my first pass at culling them, but did develop several along the way.

So hold on to yer hats Cowgirls, and Boys…here’s a small taste of the Rodeo.

BBQ Pit- The Tri-tip was tender, and delicious

BBQ Pit

Ten Gallon Hats

10 Gallon Hats

Cowgirl Barrel Racing- She cut that one pretty well I thought

Barrel Racing Cowgirl Event

Rough Stock Cowboy and his Lasso

Rough Stock Cowboy

A Flag Girl

Flag Girl

Speedy Dismount- He was competing in the Calf Ropin’ Competition

Cowboy and his Horse

Deep in Thought- Shortly before his turn to ride a Bucking Bull

Deep in Thought

There were bucking bulls, and broncos and team ropin too. It was an action packed day!

More to come…