Monochrome Madness 2 41/52 Cowboys

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I made this image last summer at the Rodeo. These guys would have a laugh or two in between riders, and events, but man they worked hard  when it was time to work, and making sure the arena was ready for the show. Cowboys

I do love those BIG belt buckles!

This image is part of Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2. To see all the great images posted this week click here.

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…

Project 52 16/52 Keeping an Eye on the Sky

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P52 16 of 52 Keeping an Eye on the Sky                                                            Acorn Woodpecker-Male

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4 lens at f/8| 1/1250s| ISO 500| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Hand-held

Northern Flicker-Male

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Northern Flicker-MaleI’m so excited-this is the best Male-Northern Flickr image I’ve made to date!  It is also the closest I’ve ever been to a Northern Flicker.
My friend Rainey and I had been shooting wildflowers up in the mountains when we were descending we spotted him pecking at the road. He flew up to this perch and stayed just long enough to capture two frames. Both were a bit over exposed, and not as sharp as I would have liked as I was shooting on the fly from the passenger side of the car through the window. Thankfully Adobe Camera Raw, and a bit of sharpening in Photoshop saved the image.

I am not happy about cutting off his tail though. So, while I’m happy to have made this image there is a better one still to be made. The chase continues. 🙂

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm @ f4| 1/200s| ISO 500| Manual Priority| Matrix Met| Hand-held| San Benito County, California, USA