Doesn't this picture give the impression that the man sits comfortably on the back of a cow, well, bull, graciously and effortlessly floating over the arena? You can even imagine the guy on the left, hurrying to grab the animal by the horns and prevent it from being carried away by the wind.
It turns out that bull riding is the most dangerous part of a rodeo, and I am sure you can see why... These bull riders have often many titanium screws and pins holding their skeletons together. During the summer, a rodeo takes place every weekend somewhere in Alberta. This one was in Olds, about an hour north of Calgary. Generally, the smaller the rodeo, the better and more authentic the show and the closer you get to watch it. And it is impressive to see such bull, slightly irritated after a ride of few tens of seconds, passing by like a locomotive on the other side of the fence, just a meter away.
Of course I would have liked the background to be nicely blurred, but this is all my long lens can give me at its maximum aperture.
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Benedetto (437) 2004-09-18 2:50
Tomorrow I will return on the photo for the vote.
Galeota (10338) 2004-09-18 2:51
Great action shot. Very sharp and clean photograph. It pops out of the screen. Well seen and done.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-09-18 3:23
Wow - perfect capture indeed - you simply got that flying bull at it highest - Thanks Roland for this great slow motion (still) shot :-) (Yes I watched this on TV - usually a short event)
dovi (1068) 2004-09-18 3:31
Seems as if the it is a frozen moment of a very dyamic act (I've watched bull riding on TV) in it's perfect timing! I like the people's stressed expressions very much!
CycleEyes (24) 2004-09-18 10:00
Great moment capture! Good exposure. Yeah !
kikvel (4784) 2004-09-19 20:25
very nice action shot!!!
you got the bull flying!
danielswalsh (13599) 2004-09-20 3:04
Great action shot Roly!
Sad to say... this Canadian (me) has never actually attended a rodeo. But with great shots like this one, it's a good alternative. Fantastic details, and color Roly.
Very well done, keep up the great work!
ephemere33 (9743) 2004-09-20 15:03
une photo bien en action que tu nous presentes là...le toureau est toute en masse musculaire bien rendue dans les détails...belle prise du cavalier en mouvement...les couleurs sont vives...bien vu et bien fait...merci pour ce partage...amicalement BI
frederic (76) 2004-09-21 4:52
Good picture of this bull flying.
you managed to freeze the action at an interresting moment.
The guy sitting on the back of the bull looks very concentrated on his 'job'.
Schultzy (5446) 2004-09-22 0:56
Waouw, tu te trouvais au bon endroit au bon moment ! Très bien saisi en plein vol. Un très beau cliché sur le vif. Très original !
Rhiannon (1728) 2004-09-23 2:04
Great timing! Yes, a blurred background would have been nice, but I really like this shot anyway.
Great colours and sharpness. Nice details.
You have manage to capture the action very well and I like the positions of the men and the bull in the picture.
Very well done!
jhm (140070) 2004-09-23 6:09
A very great moment here, Roland, it a very difficult for make this photograph, but lovely sharp and clear! You did good job!
Thanks for sharing.
France (125) 2004-09-23 19:31
Très bonne photo d'action typique du rodéo. L'instant est figé quand le taureau est en pleine ruade, aucun sabot ne touchant le sol et le cowboy bien aggrippé. Avec cet angle de vue, la photo résume tous les éléments d'un rodéo : la prise en main, le gant, l'autre main en l'air pour l'équilibre, l'homme à cheval sur la barrière qui vient de libérer l'animal, le clown chargé de détourner l'attention du taureau dès que le cowboy tombera et la corde qui comprime les c... du taureau et le pousse à ruer. C'est un témoignage complet. Belle prouesse !
ruhmann (119) 2004-10-25 10:01
Le bon endroit, le bon moment, l'image figé excellent
llamas (0) 2004-10-27 12:11
What a ride, I would not dare, he does look furious. good cultural pic
maphoto (8082) 2004-12-20 21:48
Very nice action shot Roland, excellent timing, the scene is just great, nice blur and sharpness where it needs to be, well done.
looksimple (96) 2005-03-28 17:58
Just to say i feel bad for the animal.... but the as the right colour....
pranab (5354) 2005-12-28 7:16
what a shot!
you are right, smaller the rodeo more close to the action you are. i am hooked on rodeo now.
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- Copyright: Roland Roesler (Roly) (2024)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-08-15
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Canon EOS Elan 7, Canon EF 75-300mm, Fuji Superia 400
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): A pair of photos with contrast, Photos with Titles of Songs 03, Canada Is [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-09-18 2:40
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