Luxton Pro Rodeo

Ready to Rope, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

Ready to Rope, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

It’s always a good experience to photograph an event for the first time that’s entirely different from anything else you have ever done. You go in with only a guess about what access will be like, what lenses might be of use and basically, no matter how much pre-planning you have done, anything can and will happen.

I had an opportunity to photograph the Luxton Pro Rodeo yesterday and after doing a little internet research and talking with the photographer I was travelling with I determined I had no idea what I was going to shoot or how I was going to shoot. Going in a little blind! Shooting this way actually excites me and is part of the reason I love photography.

I knew within a few minutes of arriving that I had made a huge strategic error. As we were walking to the coral the cowboys, friends, wives and others were grooming their horses, inspecting their ropes and making last minute preparations for the big event. Many of the cowboys were practicing their roping skills on fake cows, making it look so easy although I imagine when you are riding a horse the level of difficulty goes up dramatically. My big strategical error; I really should have lined up a press pass as I didn’t have access to this area. This behind the scenes preparation was something I would have loved to photograph, maybe next year!

We situated ourselves in an excellent area for getting the classic shots of man and horse chasing down cows, crazy guys riding bulls and all the other rodeo sort of stuff. I photographed from this location for a few minutes but decided that for what I was looking for I needed to get in closer. I spent the next three hours trying to get in close and actually managed to do surprisingly well without having credentials. This proves in some ways that anyone with general access can get photos that are a little more interesting than your everyday, typical photos that are shot by the crowds. Some of the photos worked, some didn’t and I’ll definitely be better prepared next year if I return.

As I was working on these images this morning I decided that a duotone treatment would suit the subject. It worked out OK I think.

Friendly Cows, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

Friendly Cows, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

Calf Roping, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

Calf Roping, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

Cowboy, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

Cowboy, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

Tie Down Roping, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

Tie Down Roping, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

8 Seconds, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

8 Seconds, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

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8 Responses to “Luxton Pro Rodeo”

  1. martha says:

    Press pass or not you certainly managed to get some wonderful, amazing images! Wow!

  2. kevin says:

    Thanks Martha,

    I’m looking forward to going through the images a little closer to see what else I have. I wish I had done a little more close-up work, next time.

  3. Deborah Godin says:

    I agree, you caught some real essential rodeo views. Love the last one – the guy’s shirt says it all!

  4. Diane C. says:

    I do like the duotone effect and favor the close-ups. Maybe it would be good to take some behind the scenes photos sometime.

  5. KKH Photos says:

    Nicely done!
    I haven’t been to a rodeo in years, looks like fun.

  6. Lisa's Chaos says:

    You captured the spirit of the rodeo so well I feel like I was there! :)

  7. Lynn says:

    Very nice, Kevin. Great feel of the rodeo without the cliched feel of most rodeo shots.

  8. kevin says:

    Thanks all,

    It really was fun. A number of people have wondered about the “cruelty to animals” aspect of this and while one could argue that rodeos are cruel I really didn’t see any sign of animals being abused. My observations were that these animals were well cared for and respected. One cowboy mentioned to me that “this is what we do on the ranches”. I’ll leave it up to everyone to have their own opinions, what do you think?

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