Diane Brown  

Before the Hurt by Diane Brown

December 2019 - Before the Hurt

December 2019 - Diane Brown


About the Image(s)

• Title: Before the hurt
• Nikon D750, 200mm, 1/1600, ISO-100, f2.8, manual settings
• Colorado Pro Rodeo Association; Saddle Bronc Riding; Eads, CO; September 14, 2019
• Striving to capture peak action.
• Cropping and slight temp and darks adjustment
I have attached a second photo (0508) as I would like comments on the backgrounds of the two photos... it's an area I struggle with.

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5 comments posted

Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
This image is amazing and evokes an immediate cringe as I imagine the injury sustained. I don't have any issues with the background on either image, other than the white tent in the back is a bit bright. I think both images show the action really well.   Posted: 12/13/2019 11:56:27

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Diane, Your image is sharp, well exposed, with good composition. Any issues with you image are what you get shooting at a rodeo and you don't really have much control over them. The background, and out of focus horse in the background are trumped by the great subject and action you captured. I do like the main image better though, because the subject is more interesting, Bruce   Posted: 12/13/2019 17:52:36

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
(Group 50)
Diane - I also like the main image better for PJ competition. Great action, color, crispness and depth of field. Similar for the smaller picture with is more of a classic pose but without the danger that many pj exhibitions seem to want. You could consider offering to the rodeo cropped for a portrait (magazine cover) - gives room for a title above and content info below. Also could the brand be emphasized?   Posted: 12/14/2019 14:25:01

Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
What great action! You certainly caught dramatic action at its peak. It's really unfortunate that the out-of-focus horse in the background is directly behind the bucking horse's head -- it makes for a confusing composition. Of course, there's really nothing you could have done.
I would guess that, in a PJ international, with all of the great rodeo images that are normally entered, that this one would have only occasional acceptance. For such great timing on the capture, it's just too bad that horse strolled into the background.
Also, I like "Before the Hurt" better than the other image because of the peak action, but the other image may actually fare better in competition because of the classic pose, sharpness, composition, and background.   Posted: 12/15/2019 12:00:14

Your image "Before The Hurt" has captured the peak moment of action … I can only feel what is about to happen to the rider's face! The image is very sharp … freezing the fall of the rider and the legs of the horse in the air. The merger of the head of the second horse is unfortunate … but, such backgrounds are unavoidable sometimes during rodeo action.
With your second image … I'd crop closer to the action … making the white tent in the rear the majority of the background.
You've caught the peak of action in both images.   Posted: 12/29/2019 20:49:27
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