Dianne Arrigoni  


Cattle Wrestling by Dianne Arrigoni

July 2021 - Cattle Wrestling

About the Image(s)

Canon 5D MkI.
195 mm
f5.6
1/320 sec

This image I took at a small town rodeo in MT 13 yrs ago or so. I have very mixed emotions about rodeos. I understand the history and culture but question the humanity of it all. Never the less I am drawn to them. I hope to go to photograph more of them in AZ in the future. I was in the stands above the action and using a telephoto lens

maybe better as B/W?


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4 comments posted




Richard Story   Richard Story
DIANNE,
WAY TO COWGIRL UP.

THERE'S NOTHING ABOUT COWBOYING THAT'S EASY AND YOU'VE SHOWN US A FINE EXAMPLE OF THAT. RODEOS ARE JUST EXAMPLES OF THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF THE COWBOY,EXCEPT BULL RIDING MAYBE,(THAT'S MAY JUST BE SHOWING OFF, LIKE WHOSE TUFFER) JUST SAYING.
ANYWAY YOU CAPTURED THE EVENT AT IT'S BEST TIME, JUST AS THE COWBOY SETS FEET TO BREAK THE STEERS RUN, AND JUST BEFORE HE FLIPS HIM DOWN, YOUR ACTION IS NICELY PLACED IN THE LOWER LEFT THIRD OF THE FRAME, SHUTTER SPEED WAS REALLY GOOD AS YOU FROZE THE ACTION YET YOU STILL SEE THE DIRT FLYING UP FROM HIS FEET. WHITES ARE HANDLED WELL, LOTS OF DETAILS THERE.
NOW IF YOU HAD THE EYES WOW!! ( YOU KNOW IF YOU HAD JUMP OVER THE FENCE AND GOTTEN OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ARENA YOU COULD OF GOTTEN MORE OF THE EYES).LOL

KEEP ON HAVING FUN.
  Posted: 07/09/2021 17:40:37



Damon Williams   Damon Williams
Rodeos really are ripe for action shots. DoF is well done IMHO, since it softens the background just enough to bring my eyes to the subject. Colors are very well done IMHO. The subjects have living space in front of them which I like. Much of this action is razor sharp, which always adds impact for me.

You know, I think I'd try an adjustment brush to see if I could brighten the cowboy's face. I have the sneaking suspicion that adding a little detail to his face alone, since we do have a profile view, might really add to the scene. Just my thoughts. Maybe brighten the animals face too (Is there an eye in there? I can't really tell).
  Posted: 07/09/2021 23:18:08



Jane Pittenger   Jane Pittenger
I'd love to see this in B and W too but I do like the color. Perfect moment, perfect freezing of action while also giving some blur to the flying dust. I find it a bit tight. I wonder if this is cropped and if so you could give just a bit more breathing room around the edges. If not, you could try extending the canvas bottom and left side just a tiny bit and see how PS does with filling in the edges. I think I'd also raise the shadows in the bull's eye a bit with an adjustment brush. Nice job with getting the catch light   Posted: 07/10/2021 16:10:26



John Meiers   John Meiers
Great shot! Live I do in western ND. Fair amount of rodeos here. Been awhile since I went to one. Just the right amount of motion. Love the dirt flying, feet moving, white hat still nice and clean, man and beast locked together. The focus is nice and sharp where it needs to be. If anything a little more space from the steer's tail to edge of photo but to do that on an action shot is hard to do. Still a top notch action shot for what you have.   Posted: 07/12/2021 10:57:22