We have been the photographer at Equine events, but rodeo and bull riding has eluded us until this last weekend. We were guests at the Lazy HK Bar Rodeo Ranch where a regular bull riding event is held. In fact, there is an entire winter series of bull riding events at the facility over the next few months.
For us, this was an experiment. Our hosts encouraged us to set up our green screen and see if many of the several hundred fans in attendance would want a photo. Unfortunately, a key prop (in the form of a bull that visitors could sit upon ) was picked up earlier in the day and was unavailable. Regardless, we were prepared with a number of ranch, barn and holiday backdrops to use behind the rodeo fans on site.
The big photography story of the night was clearly the drama of bull riding. Cowboys and bulls with a undaunted and nasty dispositions make for great action photography. I hope that some day, I will have that kind of access on a right sunny day rather than on a dark November night in difficult indoor lighting.
One of the "Bull Fighting Clowns", very much a savior to the riders, picked up a brave child during an intermission for a brief dance.
One of the other hazards of the shoot required us to wash our muslin green screen as soon as we hit the doors of home, but it was certainly interesting enough for us to make plans to return in two months.