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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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Additional Photos by Roland Roesler (Roly) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 546 W: 9 N: 436] (2024)
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