Cochrane Alberta Labour Day Weekend Rodeo
I spent two hours hanging out at the Cochrane Rodeo on Saturday. The great thing about small town rodeos is you can get really close to the action and try different angles because you have the freedom to go almost anywhere you want. So I took my EOS-1ds Mark III and my Canon 300mm F4L lens and tried my hand at rodeo photography. Well, it is much harder than it looks! The most difficult aspect is getting clean shots without tons of clutter in the background — I hate busy and distracting backgrounds so you can imagine my frustration with all the fences, banners, vehicles and buildings competing for attention with the main subject (the rodeo riders). My hats off to the pro rodeo photographers for making this gig look easy and for getting great shots without clutter. Anyway here are my favorite 12 shots from the afternoon — like anything to get better requires practice. So next summer I will try to get to more than one rodeo and click away to refine my rodeo shooting. From a photo gear point of view I am finally happy with the auto-focus on my Mark III. It only took numerous firmware upgrades and many focus micro adjustments using Lens Align to finally get the expensive machine to actually work. Hey, don’t get me started about Canon’s numerous auto-focusing problems with a significant number of their camera releases! On a happier note check out Wayne Simpson’s shots from the same afternoon — what a fun way to hang out with a fellow photographer — and we did not even end up in the beer garden!