Joseph Kubala, APSA, PPSA  

Rounding the Last Barrel by Joseph Kubala, APSA, PPSA

January 2020 - Rounding the Last Barrel

About the Image(s)

"Rounding the Last Barrel"

Nikon D300
Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8
1/800 sec @ f/4
ISO 800

This image was taken last year at the Great Northern Rodeo held here in Superior. I am always amazed at how much of a lean some of these horses have as they corner the barrel. I chose to crop off half of the barrel to eliminate some distractions in the background.

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

Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
I don't know much about rodeos and have never attended one, but this is a really cool shot. The dirt is flying, you can see the rider looking for her next move - great action shot. I like the crop, too.   Posted: 01/09/2020 19:40:41

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Joseph, everything is nice and sharp and I like the crop which eliminates much of the distraction background. There is not much you can do to blur the spectators since you already were at F 4. Nice image showing the action of the event. Bruce   Posted: 01/14/2020 18:11:28

Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
Once again you have captured great barrel racing action. I like the sharp focus on the horse and rider and the diagonal lines of the horse and rider.

As usual the relatively sharp background is distracting. I wonder if, in general, you could shoot the action at a barrel that's further away from the fence or wall so that it would be easier to get the background more out of focus.

Also, I might consider cropping even more of the barrel to eliminate some of the intense pink.   Posted: 01/24/2020 21:35:17

Diane Brown   Diane Brown
I think the technical aspects are done well, this photo appears sharp with good exposure. To me, the peak action has just passed, as indicated by how much dirt is flying behind the horse. I think if you positioned yourself at a bit different angle you would get the moment when the horse is really digging into the dirt. I would also suggest you consider getting lower, so you get a better view of the riders face, and less hat. I also think the crop is with consideration to the barrel, consider cropping for just the horse.   Posted: 01/26/2020 09:57:48

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
(Group 50)
Great shot Joe. Agree with Gerry on cropping a little more on the right. Not sure if shooting at 2.8 would help with DOF without decreasing sharpness and impact of flying dirt and horse tail. Seems they don't make the arenas deep enough but you did position yourself to avoid a lot of ads. I assume in barrel racing there are minimum distances between barrels and to the side rails for safety of rider and horse. Maybe also a barrel color change? Be a good question for Marty Welter (PSA WI State Membership) on things he does.   Posted: 01/26/2020 14:37:55

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
(Group 50)
  Posted: 01/26/2020 14:37:59