Mark Burgess  

Taupo  Rodeo by Mark Burgess

March 2023 - Taupo Rodeo

March 2023 - Mark Burgess


About the Image(s)

I spent the day shooting the Taupo Rodeo late last year and this is a favourite from the shoot. Processing included quite a lot of work to diminish the background (blur and saturation), dodging and burning.

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12 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Wow! Mark, you captured an astounding moment. It's fascinating and, in a way, a bit horrifying. The bull's eyes (and horns!) are clearly focused on the person in the red outfit. That's one of the things that gives your image such wonderful intensity.

I like how you've diminished the background without making the image look unnatural. And, removing the "slobber" from the bull's face was beautifully done. Nice work!!

The only thing I notice that you might want to address is only a small nit. There seems to be a tiny white fringe at the lower back of the bull's frontmost leg.

  Posted: 03/01/2023 10:58:08
Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Many thanks Oliver. I thupink the fringe is careless sharpening…I will check it out   Posted: 03/01/2023 13:03:41

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Mark, this is a great action photo. I like photographing Rodeos and alwasy have a hard time due to low lighting. It looks like you had the correct spot and good lighting. Love the dust. The only suggestion I have is to darken the womens white hat.   Posted: 03/01/2023 18:16:05
Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Thanks Sophia. Good point!   Posted: 03/01/2023 18:26:39

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Pete, you have a great photo. The comments of our group are well thought out. I was distracted by the white post behind the bull's foreleg, so I used the clone tool to grab nearby posts and paint it blue. Let me know what you think. Jim   Posted: 03/04/2023 12:33:16
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Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Thanks Jim. Good point!   Posted: 03/04/2023 19:31:21
Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Thanks Jim. Good point!   Posted: 03/06/2023 22:19:10
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Jim, I wish that I could take credit for this wonderful photograph, but, alas, it's Mark's.

- Pete   Posted: 03/16/2023 13:09:48

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Mark, this is a great shot! So much action frozen in time. I think Pete has really summarized my thoughts. Jim did some really good work getting the post painted in.   Posted: 03/04/2023 16:08:34

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
I have taken many rodeo shots but never one as good as this. Sophia's point about darkening the white hat of the spectator is a good idea. Great image Mark, this is certainly a medal winner in a PJ competition.   Posted: 03/04/2023 16:40:22
Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Thanks Barbara   Posted: 03/04/2023 19:28:08

David Price   David Price
A great action shot. I think that every way of improving the image has been suggested already.   Posted: 03/13/2023 05:37:37