Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA  

This Is Going To Hurt by Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA

March 2023 - This Is Going To Hurt

About the Image(s)

How I did it—Betty Sue, Elena McTighe and I attended Homestead Rodeo in late January. This venue is a 4 day event. We try to attend day 1 or day 2 as many of the early competitors are more likely to get bucked off, thus providing additional opportunities to obtain stronger images, such as “This is going to hurt”. Tools for the day, Olympus E-M1 Mark 111 coupled with a 40-150 mm 2.8 lens with a 2X extender. Settings, 2000 ISO, f6.3 at 3200th of a second, hand held. For me, the best seats are directly across from the animal gates with the Sun behind you, if possible. In our case, we sat about 40 yards from the gates off our right shoulders. We were fortunate as the weather was perfect.

12 comments posted

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
A great action shot. I feel that you have to much space on the left side. I cropped some of the left side out, removed the man standing up, and then ran it through Topaz De-noise AI. This is what I came up with.   Posted: 03/05/2023 11:36:58
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R Gary Butler   R Gary Butler
Erik, this is a great action shot captured razor sharp at the 1/3200 sec shutter speed. For me the quality of the image is enhanced by the eyes of everyone in the background watching the rider and horse. Like Stuart I thought about the crop but think that his result is cropped too tightly and loses the gaze of the young girl at the left end of the gate. From my experience she brings balance to the image left to right with the young man on the other side. Nice shot!   Posted: 03/07/2023 09:53:37

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Excellent action shot Erik! I hope the rider did not suffer any serious harm. Images such as this show what is happening at the time and you cannot choose your background or even your framing as the action is so fast. I agree with Gary that Stuart's crop is too tight on the left, although I would be happy with taking a little off the left but still including the girl leaning against the gatepost. I must congratule Stuart on his removal of the man standing up - nicely done.   Posted: 03/08/2023 08:31:44
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Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Thanks for your kind remarks Guy. I have a confession to make to our members. I wasn't pleased with my first crop so I cropped again, using the same crop as you how I sent my first crop instead of the second. Thanks for catching my mistake.   Posted: 03/18/2023 01:02:42
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Easily done Erik. You wouldn't be the first person to do that!   Posted: 03/18/2023 05:22:11

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Excellent action shot. Good colors. Thanks for the info on the best time and place to attend. The expressions of the people are an important element of the action. Interesting how the ones with cell phones are watching on their cell phones, I guess it is the horse and man they are watching.   Posted: 03/08/2023 12:44:24

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Erik, image is at peak of action. I have seen and have created a lot of images of this rodeo modality, but never seen the rider falling directly vertical with the head down. It is interesting as how each one of us has a different view of the same image. I tend to favor Guy's iteration. Great colors and sharpness.   Posted: 03/09/2023 13:08:10

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Erik
Fabulous piece of photojournalism you have caught the action at the crucial moment, I do like Guys crop,I also love the facial expressions of the people in the background they add reaction and atmosphere to the image all part of the story,would love to seem ore from this event.   Posted: 03/16/2023 16:21:05
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Thanks for your kind critique Ian, this may be my best Rodeo image. Please view my reply to Guy.   Posted: 03/18/2023 01:08:00

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Thanks for your input Stuart, The crop is to tight, in my opinion. Please view my reply to Guy.   Posted: 03/18/2023 00:56:04

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
What a terrific action shot it's got great composition, color, exposure and is tack sharp. Since the rider is the obvious center of action and the rodeo attendant is the primary observer, I would crop this as a vertical image for a stronger composition. I added a slight edge darkening too.   Posted: 03/24/2023 16:26:42
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Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
This is a perspective I had not considered and it works, thanks for your input Bill.   Posted: 03/25/2023 08:34:57


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