Gregory Waldron  

The Bull Rider by Gregory Waldron

November 2019 - The Bull Rider

November 2019 - Gregory Waldron


About the Image(s)

I went back through my rodeo pictures to see if there was another image to share with the group. What drew me to this image was the connection between the bull, the rider, and the spectator right above the rider. I color corrected in Bridge and cropped in Photoshop. I applied some blur and vignetting to maintain focus on the 3 main subjects.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
Another well captured action shot with all the concentration on the bull and the rider. I see good sharpness in the areas that you intended the viewer to concentrate upon by throwing the other cowboys off the focus and darkening the background.

I find the shadows too harsh and the vertical shadow of the gate on the left distracts me from enjoying the action in the image.   Posted: 11/07/2019 15:36:47
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Thanks Arun.
I see some opportunity to play with the shadow some more.
Greg   Posted: 11/18/2019 06:52:16

Bill Provost   Bill Provost
(Group 6)
I enjoy your pictures of the rodeo as mentioned last month. I can see some problems, for me, in this image however. The angle or position of the bull makes his appearance off. The body looks too long. The blurring of the cowboys viewing the ride did not work for me. As I said last month I think they were part of the story. It ishard to blur people out of a scene. For myself I would think the image would be more telling if the cowboy pulling the shoot gate open and the one to the left were not cropped out. They are two action figures. Sorry for so long a critique but looking at your photo last month was really spot on!   Posted: 11/10/2019 17:06:15
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Thanks for your critique. It is always important to get feedback from the viewer's standpoint, and your critique has given me some new food for thought, and that's how I will continue to learn. I will look forward to future feedback.
Best, Greg   Posted: 11/18/2019 06:57:48

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
I love the sharpness you achieved in this stop-action shot and your emphasis on the primary focal points. I also enjoy the facial expressions on both rider and spectator that tell a good story. I wish your camera angle would have been just a little to either the right or the left so that the spectator would not seem to be on top of the rider and bull. I might have cropped the original from the top creating a long landscape photo, but the story would have been different.   Posted: 11/11/2019 21:54:33
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Thanks Darcy.   Posted: 11/18/2019 06:58:23