Joseph Kubala, APSA, PPSA  

By The Horns by Joseph Kubala, APSA, PPSA

October 2019 - By The Horns

About the Image(s)

This particular rider didn't last very long! I like how the rider has grabbed the end of the horns ... to either soften the blow of hitting the ground or trying to prevent from being gored.

Nikon D300
Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
1/800 sec at f 4/5
ISO 800

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

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
Thanks for all your effort for PSA PJ and this group in the past. Glad you are sticking around to comment on my future pics.
Good lesson for us here. The action starts early in the ride in the chute. This is a great shot of action and conflict just before the rider went flying. (My son and I pasted thru Duluth in mid-Sept last year and saw a rodeo for that weekend. That where you caught this action?   Posted: 10/06/2019 13:16:18
Thank you for your comments! Kudos to Gerry for his willingness to take over the leadership role for DD-59. I really enjoy the members of this group and couldn't just walk away completely.
This was shot here in Superior … over this past Labor Day weekend … at the Great Northern Rodeo. The Fri/Sat rodeo performances are at night under the lights and very dimly lit. Sunday's rodeo is contested in the afternoon making a photographer's life much easier.   Posted: 10/27/2019 20:35:38

Diane Brown   Diane Brown
I think this is a unique shot, I haven't seen a bullriding photo where the rider grabs the bull by the horn, prudence of doing this aside. Even if he wasn't grabbing, the photo tells a story. I can't think of anything to improve it other than to shoot at f2.8 if you can. I notice that the horizon line is tilted. I am intrigued to know if there is enough room full frame to straighten it, then I think maybe it would appear to be static. Then my mind wonders what if it was tilted even more to the right, exaggeratedly so, to really tilt the bull head and rider over. But I am just thinking out loud about this   Posted: 10/17/2019 22:13:27
Welcome to the DD-59 sports group. I look forward to viewing your images and receiving your comments!

I really like the action depicted in this image … though, the background was rather distracting. Here is the original composition to compare to. I actually chose the slightly titled crop and to include the word Rodeo in the upper left … correct choice … I'm not sure!

I have yet to enter this image in a PSA PJ exhibition. I am intrigued as to what the results will be?   Posted: 10/27/2019 20:40:45
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Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
I think the action is great, but I also was a little uncomfortable with the tilt. I straightened the image and cropped the word "rodeo." The crop resulted in cutting off the tip of the rider's boot. I think I like the cropped version better, but cutting the boot doesn't help. I guess it's up to you to decide.
Diane also commented on the tilt -- maybe she wants to comment on the cropped image.
  Posted: 10/27/2019 19:24:27
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Thanks for your comments. See the original image posted above.

Perhaps, straightening the image but also keeping the white steer's head on the wall in the upper left of the image?

Thank you for taking over the lead of our DD-59 sport group!   Posted: 10/27/2019 20:45:05