Monday, January 28, 2008
The Stock Show pt. 1
My Mom wrangled free tickets for the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo last Wednesday. Since I've been in Japan for much of the last few years, it had been a while since I caught a rodeo, and the lure of Free was also deliciously strong.
I was also eager for the chance to unleash my mom's old 105 mm f2.5 lens. A lens like that is perfect for the low light, high movement photography environment that a rodeo presents. The only problem with the lens is it's age prevents it from hooking into the autofocus and light meter in my newgfangled digital camera, requiring me to be very careful with my exposures, checking the lcd screen often to make sure I was getting good results.
While I certainly took a lot of images that aren't fit for prime time, some of the results are surprisingly good, the first of which are presented here. We have the opening ceremonies, fireworks, laser light shows, and the National Anthem. Following that was saddled bucking broncos and calf tying.