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Challenge: Best of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Whitehall Montana Rodeo
Date: Jul 29, 2011
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2012

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Statistics
Place: 39 out of 410
Avg (all users): 6.6360
Avg (commenters): 7.8485
Avg (participants): 6.6162
Avg (non-participants): 6.7317
Views since voting: 761
Views during voting: 459
Votes: 239
Comments: 42
Favorites: 5 (view)


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03/07/2012 07:55:33 PM
I meant to come back and congratulate you on your PH Blue for the Best of. That is a marvelous accomplishment, and one very well deserved with this photograph. An exceptional capture of a split second in time with a whole story in that frame.
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02/24/2012 12:37:52 PM
Makes my heart race. Congrats on the bling!!!
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02/24/2012 11:16:51 AM
Thanks for all the great comments, what a great venue this site is to share our work with people that have the same passion for capturing a moment and emotion in time.
In this part of the country there are Friday night rodeos rotating in small towns every weekend, real cowboys from the surrounding that compete for small cash prises after doing the same thing all week for work. I’ve developed a great respect for those that are doing what they love to do and living a lifestyle of times gone by for little pay.
I had been going to these rodeos to start my weekend for a few weeks, when I arrived to this one I thought it was going to be a waste of time- no grand mountains in the background, an old area, no clouds, dusty and very dry. I thought it would be a total loss of a few hours as far as photography goes. I decided to go over to the back side of the arena (one thing about these small rodeos is you can walk around anywhere you want) and shot into the sun. When the event started I just wanted a different look so I entered a pen full of steers, laid down in the dirt (and other stuff) set my camera to burst and bracketed three shots one stop apart because the sun was directly behind where I wanted to shoot and peaking in and out, this shot was not a perfect exposure but had perfect focus and great composition. I tried bringing back detail in the horse in the background but found it took the eye away from the “story” so I left it very light. The image is pretty much full frame except for what I cropped for the square format.
02/24/2012 12:23:06 AM
Such a GREAT crop on a doggin' shot! I was so inspired with this, going to try some really strange angles this year on the rodeo shots!! Congrats on a Great Placing in a BEST OF challenge!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2012 02:07:52 PM
Fabulous action capture but only wish I could see the falling rider's face (and expression!)
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02/23/2012 07:14:25 AM
I love the way you've brought us right in on the action. Fantastic! : )
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02/22/2012 06:41:31 PM
Very cool action shot! I like how the cowboy is almost lost between the animals.
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02/20/2012 08:34:59 PM
great action shot. Love the ham string stretch of the cowboy
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02/20/2012 02:47:24 PM
staggering sharp chaos

this photo gets my personal
Posthumous Blue Ribbon

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02/20/2012 01:19:17 PM
You have captured a fleeting moment so well. Nice job!!

voted earlier
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02/20/2012 09:58:27 AM
I NEED to figure this out! How did he get there? How did this happen? How did you do that? Is he really there? Cool.
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02/20/2012 01:14:17 AM
This looks like a dangerous shot to get, I really like the "moment in time" feel that it has. One of my favorites for the challenge.
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02/19/2012 11:40:04 PM
What a fun shot!
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02/19/2012 09:58:15 PM
Caught at just the right moment. Nice crisp shot. Very nice in black and white.
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02/19/2012 05:58:55 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: Great dynamism couple with nailed focus - this makes for a very impressive image. The eye immediately sees the horses and then the cow before the wider rodeo context becomes apparent; it's like the image unwraps itself before our eyes. Great contrast and monochrome treatment too.

Critical stuff: Nope

Overall: Very, very well made image.
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02/19/2012 12:54:09 PM
Very weird... but very special. 9 for this capture :)
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02/19/2012 12:24:02 AM
Have to ignore the border to get the entire great movement of this shot.
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02/18/2012 09:51:33 PM
You put me smack in the middle of this! Great perspective.
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02/18/2012 09:26:29 PM
Great timing of this shot. What amazing action.
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02/18/2012 05:58:27 PM
Wow, great detail. Wish I could see the man's face. Nice in BW. (voted earlier)
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02/16/2012 10:38:53 AM
Moment perfectly captured. 10.
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02/15/2012 07:48:07 AM
i like the action, i just think you have too many subjects in there.
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02/14/2012 04:10:22 PM
What a great view and excellent timing.
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02/14/2012 12:32:30 PM
amazing image, not just technically but the action is palpable
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02/14/2012 08:55:28 AM
Great action shot.
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02/14/2012 12:42:17 AM
Great shot Dad!
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02/13/2012 09:50:37 PM
I can actually hear the thundering of hooves. Brilliant moment
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02/13/2012 09:45:24 PM
Rodeo from the POV of the other participants...very cool. Powerful- love it.
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02/13/2012 08:19:41 PM
Beautifully captures the moment. One can almost hear the thumping of the hooves. Love this picture.
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02/13/2012 01:48:02 AM
Amazing instant in the action, and I LOVE that the only full face is that of the calf. Excellent shot.
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02/12/2012 08:46:37 PM
A lesson in cropping. Superb.
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02/12/2012 07:29:01 PM
Wow. You've stopped me in my tracks.


This is ... fabulous!



(just commenting on a great image... not voting)
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02/12/2012 06:21:51 PM
fantastic capture from the crop to the lighting to the details to the b/w conversion
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02/12/2012 02:15:13 PM
Interesting crop. I like it. Not at all expected. The tones are terrific.
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02/11/2012 09:23:24 PM
absolutely love the viewpoint on this!
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02/11/2012 05:49:13 PM
I'm not sure I'd want to be there. Looks good in b&w.
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02/11/2012 03:00:07 PM
A rodeo picture I have never seen before. The perfectly timed instant of the 'dogger dropping reveals what a surprisingly slow dance happens inside these few wild seconds. Thank you. 7.
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02/10/2012 04:19:45 PM
Tagged fourty-two
I run from the catch
of galloping thunder, two by two.

Great action shot! I can feel and hear the thunder of the hooves; see the look in the calves eye as he is caught in a catch 22 situation.
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02/10/2012 11:27:50 AM
Full of pace and only No42 can be identified,good shot.
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02/10/2012 09:44:07 AM
What an amazing perspective in this shot.
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02/10/2012 08:29:40 AM
love it, it looks like they're racing...
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02/10/2012 12:16:30 AM
holy cow! pardon the pun. great shot!
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