Jackson, Wyoming and summer rodeos go hand-in-hand. But trying to capture action at night with a fairly slow 200mm zoom lens without a tripod was definitely a challenge. “Why no tripod?” you ask. Simple answer: I didn’t yet own one. So I cranked up the ISO, found a railing for support, and did my best.
And then this scene unfolded, quickly. I picked up my camera, zoomed in, held steady as best I could, and fired a burst of shots. And managed to catch this moment. I had never attended a rodeo before, so I have no idea how frequently something like this happens. I hope the answer is “infrequently.”
But there’s an incredibly happy ending to this story. Yes, the cowboy was taken off the grounds via ambulance. Yes, it was a moving sight to see the rodeo workers and fellow cowboys, hats removed, form a pathway to block him from view as he was moved. But it was a downright miracle to hear 45 minutes later that he had not sustained any injuries.
Crazy business, rodeos.
Photography 101 Assignment: Capture a fleeting moment and experiment with blur and movement.