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Saddle Bronc Riding

By mmz_khan    
This picture was take at Morris Manitoba.The Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition is Manitoba's Professional Rodeo. It is a very interesting sports. It was a pleasure to watch but not sure how the rider feel.

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dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1929 England
29 Jul 2019 5:46AM
Bruised, I suspect.

A nicely caught moment, and most of the technical settings seem OK. Why use spot metering, though? What area did you meter from?

The subject is a bit central, with dead space at the bottom. I think you need a tighter crop, though that could mean sacrificing some of the background characters. That's always a hard choice - losing interesting but peripheral detal for the sake of making the subject really dominant. Several different crops are possible, and they include very tight crops.

Unless you are thoroughly used to shooting this kind of action, it makes sense to shoot with a wider lens than you really want to - it's very easy to miss some parts of the subject from the frame. A sensible strategy is to shoot wider, then crop tighter.

Although there's a full cast of characters in the background, adding interest, the railings make it quite messy, and hard to distinguish the important parts. I can't think of a solution - perhaps others will have a few ideas...
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2519 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2019 8:45AM
Brilliant timing! You had the fast shutter speed that was needed here, and you allowed space for corrections. What was within your control you managed beautifully. Everything else, for a subject like this, is subject to fate...

The problem that I see is the man in the dark hat immediately behind the rider in flight. The two black hats tend to merge into one rather odd blob... I've added a modification, a different crop to John's (I wanted the horse plus streaming tail in full, I used the gate post on the right as a frame, but cut down on other figures.)

Then I worked to reduce contrast and retrieve a bit more detail from the shadows. I think that distinguishes one hat from the other a bit better.

I had a look at cloning that background figure out altogether, but it's messy with all those bars...

There used to be a member called NevP who specialized in this, but unfortunately his portfolio seems to have vanished.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
29 Jul 2019 11:44AM
Its a well timed shot.

I would crop a bit closer, and use a sunny white balance. I have brightened/lifted shadows on the ruder to make him clearer, - since the horse is close to the rails it makes it harder to exclude the spectators.

My Grandson does this from time to time, - had ridden in BC and Alberta. The riders like this a lot, painful as it may be. Apparently the horses are a lot safer than the bulls, as the horses will try to avoid stepping on the fallen rider, while the bulls will try to trample them deliberately.


pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2253 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2019 3:41PM
You shot this at 1.36pm when the sun was strong and overhead, which produces strong shadows.
Everyone is wearing a cowboy hat with a wide brim, and this puts all of their faces into shadow.
So, earlier or later in the day would have been better, but it probably wasn't the time when the event was taking place. You have to get what you can, when you can.

An event like this is going to be busy, with few opportunities to get your horse and rider in a position where the background is neutral and their outlines are easy to distinguish. It's worth while choosing your vantage point before the event begins, one where you stand a good chance of getting a cleaner background. That takes time and planning.

As it is, you used a very fast shutter speed to freeze the action and, of course, the actions and expressions of the other people are important to show the atmosphere at the rodeo.

paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2019 9:17PM
A sot you had to take and well timed. The problem is a confusing image with crowd and horseman all melding together. Yu need separation and that will be almost impossible with the action and crowd so close. Even the widest aperture will be unlikely to be enough.

dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 811 England
30 Jul 2019 9:36PM
No problem with your timing

Sometimes there's no control over where exactly the action will take place.
That said, study where the action is most likely, which should be fine if you're familiar with the particular sport (really, a pre-requisite) and venue, so that you can position yourself to avoid heavy distractions or visually confusing results as you have here.

With action it needs to be clear and stand out. If the viewer has to work hard trying to work out wht's going on they'll pass the image by.

You won't be in the right place every time but a little homework before you start shooting will increase your amount of good captures.
30 Jul 2019 10:14PM
Hi All

Thanks for your comments, mod and suggestions.

All the mods are awesome. I really like Moira's mod. I will make another copy of the image with that crop.

It was my first attempt to this kind of sports. They organizers were too concern for safety and didn't let anyone go close to the fence. I had to take the pic from the stand. Not a great location to shoot but no other option.

I did huge corp to get something out from the shot. I am more habituated to take picture where action happen and in this case i feel totally disconnect from the action.

I tried to take the metering from the ground closer to the action.

I have few more shots to share... Next image is coming soon...

Thanks and Regards


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