Bruce Benson  

Man vs Cow by Bruce Benson

August 2022 - Man vs Cow

About the Image(s)

Title: Man vs Cow

Taken at a small rodeo in Roy, Washington. This is a great location because they allow photographers to shoot in front of the crowd right next to the fence, as long as you stay low and do not block anyone’s view. You really gain an appreciation for what the participants do when you are sitting next to the wire fence as the horses and cows run past you only inches away.

Camera and Lens: Canon 1DX/Canon 100-400 4.5-5.6
Settings: F5.6 1/1000 ISO 250

7 comments posted

Ronald Davis   Ronald Davis
Hi Bruce. Another great rodeo photo you have been able to get down low at ground level with the rider, what is amazing is that he still has retained his hat almost like "every day on the ranch". The dust has also worked in your favour as it has wiped out the background. Cannot see anyway to improve this photo.
Once again, this forum has shown me a new perspective for photography. I spoke with a pro sports photog at a cricket match and he said this was the great challenge of photography in his field, finding new and different perspectives from each other which were his opposition, fellow photogs.   Posted: 08/02/2022 17:47:46
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thanks Ronald, I appreciate you comments and experience. Bruce   Posted: 08/05/2022 22:45:39

Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hi Bruce, I can only join Ronald, again a class rodeo photo from you from an interesting perspective. The determined look on the man's face, the splashing dust and the calm background without distracting elements give the photo a special touch.   Posted: 08/03/2022 03:03:28
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thank you Hans, It was very hot this day making for plenty of dust but was hard on the equipment. I hope to get to Germany soon to visit my son Hans in Frankfurt. Would like to meet up if possible. Bruce   Posted: 08/05/2022 22:47:29

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Bruce, you nailed it again. Lucky you that in that venue they allow photographers in the front and with the possibility of getting down. Here in Florida, at the Homestead Rodeo you are being pulled back al the time by the "Rodeo Police", but we do our best. The image is sharp. It is obvious that it takes some strength and dexterity to grab the caw by the horns and make it fall and tie the legs. The dust in the background really denotes action to the image   Posted: 08/04/2022 20:08:37

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson

Thanks Isaac, yes I feel lucky to get in the front of the crowd, I always make sure I am not blocking anyone's vision and ask about it. It also helps to be able to move around and get the action coming directly at me. I have gained a real respect for the cowboys/girls and also the horses and cows. This day was really hot making the ground dry and dusty which added to the drama. My car thermometer registered at 120 degrees so was exhausting. I will be attending the rodeo again in September. Bruce   Posted: 08/04/2022 20:34:58

Kerry McFarlane
Super rodeo image Bruce as always from you. The dust has really been your friend here to hide any distractions and how lucky you are to get in front of the crowd. In Australia most arenas have a double fence and fun police to ensure the crowd is back from the fence which makes it very difficult to get a clear shot. Wonderfully sharp to see the expression of man and beast.   Posted: 08/08/2022 22:30:37


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