Monday, March 15, 2010

That thing they call "rodeo"

I'm not a rodeo kind of guy, but I sure enjoy shooting them. I have fond memories of shooting the Manawa rodeo when I was at The Post-Crescent in Appleton. That rodeo was outdoors in the middle of summer – hot and dusty. Beautiful evening light and all the behind the scenes access you could want.

This year, shooting in an arena was a "whole new ballgame." Theatrical lighting and some touchy individuals "backstage" presented a new set of challenges. Alas, some rational people realized I was just a photographer and let me capture some quiet moments of them.

Bull rider George Fashell of Weyauwega, Wis., prays before competition at the All-Star Rodeo Challenge at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, Wis., Sunday, March 14, 2010.

Rodeo announcer Roger Mooney welcomes rodeo fans to the All-Star Rodeo Challenge at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, Wis., Sunday, March 14, 2010.

Bareback rider Rusty Stewart of Diamond, Mo., hangs on during the All-Star Rodeo Challenge at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, Wis., Sunday, March 14, 2010.

Bull rider Rick Schopf of New Berlin, Wis., prepares for competition backstage at the All-Star Rodeo Challenge at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, Wis., Sunday, March 14, 2010.
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