Gregory Waldron  

Riverton Rodeo 2021 by Gregory Waldron

July 2021 - Riverton Rodeo 2021

July 2021 - Gregory Waldron


About the Image(s)

This is a local rodeo that just reopened post covid. The image was shot with a Sony A6400 and a 70-350 F4.5-6.3 lens. My camera settings were F5.6, shutter speed 1/1000 and ISO 250. I set a goal to try to capture a clean shot of a rider and eliminate all the distractions in the background. I had to move up in the viewing stands and used the turf as much as possible to eliminate most of the distractions. I post processed the image in Adobe Camera Raw and photoshop, and converted it into Black and White using and Adjustment Filter in Photoshop. I look forward to hear your comments and suggestions.

12 comments posted

Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Well captured Greg, difficult to find a shot with a clean background at these events, you have achieved your goal. The placement of the rider image left and him leaning in gives a sense of motion and action, but I feel the colour image portrays that better with the dust being more prominent. I find the black and white image a bit static Perhaps working on increasing the dust in the B and W even adding some might bring that out better and increase the sense of action   Posted: 07/03/2021 05:00:44
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Tom,
Thanks for you comments and feedback. I agree that the color version presents a bit more sense of action.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 07/06/2021 23:30:01

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
A nice image and cropped nicely . I agree with Tom I would prefer to see it in color. I feel it would make the image POP.   Posted: 07/05/2021 13:20:37
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Stuart,
Thanks for stopping bye and providing your feedback. I agree with both you and Tom that the color version would be a better choice.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 07/06/2021 23:31:55

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Interesting image! You did the post-process very well, very clear and sharp. I like the location and environment in the original shot - a journalistic style. Thanks for sharing!   Posted: 07/09/2021 09:40:44
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Thank you for your feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 07/10/2021 17:11:08

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Greg - I too believe you achieved your goal of eliminating distraction in framing your shot. The center of interest is very sharp. In your crop, I think you've lost some of the story and movement by taking out the livestock and some great leading lines of the shadows shown in the original. That said, the B&W image is still a really nice capture.   Posted: 07/10/2021 11:03:25
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Darcy,
Thank you for your feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 07/10/2021 17:11:57

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
Hi Greg. You have done an excellent job of isolating the rider from the background and your decision to go higher into the stands was a excellent idea. I agree with the others that the color version gives a bit more sense of place and action. I especially like the curving tracks to the left of the rider which mirror the veering of the rider to the right. You might consider just cropping out the left third of the frame, eliminating the second rider and the bright spot above, but leaving the featured rider with more room. Overall, I like your image very much and its celebration that things are returning to normal, post Covid (I hope post-Covid)   Posted: 07/14/2021 15:58:15
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Thank you for your comments and feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 07/15/2021 14:19:28

Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Great shot! Very sharp and VERY difficult to do with the speed at which I'm sure they were moving!

I like all the other suggestions to include those great, curvy leading lines on the left (or maybe just one of them) and the dust he is kicking up. Of course, cropping out the horse butt on the right was a good idea.

I'm not totally enamored with the color version - there really isn't much there - but the B&W seems a little flat. Maybe try a sepia look? It would give a sense of the roan of the horse and the brown dirt.

Great job!
Karen   Posted: 07/19/2021 10:53:55

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hi Greg,
What a captivating image to enjoy. Overall transition from the original to the cropped version is well balanced and nicely composed. I like the black and white treatment of the image.
A lovely presentation.
Thanks for sharing.
Stay safe as always.
Syed Kamal.   Posted: 07/21/2021 04:35:00


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