PASEO DE LA MUERTE (LEAP OF DEATH)

This is a popular and thrilling part of Charreada, the Leap of Death, in which the rider jumps from his own bareback horse onto the back of a galloping wild horse, also bareback.

A vintage charro photograph in the hotel in Morelia that I've been staying in for the past couple of days was the inspiration for this execise in filtering.

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CABALLERO JOVEN (YOUNG HORSEMAN)

Let's here it in the comments for this young man and his horse.

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THE RIDE

Continued from yesterday…

All's well that ends well!

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BEFORE THE RIDE

A behind the scenes look at a Charro in the solemn moments before his daring ride on a wild, bucking bull. I have been photographing more than just cute kids at the Charreadas, but there have been a lot of those, too.

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MORE FROM GUADALAJARA

 

 

 

It's nearing noon and I haven't had so much as a cup of coffee yet, so this post is going to be short on words. Breakfast next, then exploration.

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SNEAK PEEK

Here's the sort of shot I came here for. I'm working on a book, NIÑOS DE CHARRO Children of the Mexican Rodeo. I stayed in today, and have been working through the images from four days of photographing Charreada in Puerto Vallarta and yesterday, here in Gudalajara.

I got so wrapped up in my work, I almost forgot to make a post for the blog. So here you have it, a sneak peek at one of the charming Niñas and her proud Papa from the Puerto Vallarta shoot.

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CHARRO REINING IN HIS MOUNT

CHARRO REINING IN HIS MOUNT / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

A bull comes charging out of the chute, a Charro gallops alongside grabs the tail of the bull, wraps his leg around it, and as he speeds past, flips the bull over onto its back. Speeding across the arena, he reins his horse to a halt, just inches from the wall.

I have many images of the flipping of the bull from previous Charreadas. This trip, having limited myself to photographing with my iPhone, I sought a new perspective. I positioned my self at the wall. Most of the riders veered off to one side or the other, but, occasionnaly, one would gallop directly toward me. Those were the times that made for some interesting images.

I had a good rest today and am almost back to abnormal. It's that old seventeen year old kid inside a ninety four year old body again. I plan on taking it fairly easy for the next four days, after moving to new digs tomorrow smack in the middle of downtown Puerto Vallarta, just a couple of blocks from the Malecón and the blue Pacific. 'Tis the season, and I may even see some whales and their babies.

And no snow!

But now, more resting…

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IF YOUR PHOTOS AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH…

IF YOUR PHOTOS AREN'T GOOD ENOUGH, YOU AREN'T CLOSE ENOUGH.

iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

So said Robert Capa, the famous Magnum Photographer. I used to rely a lot on my zoom lenses. I don't have a zoom lens on my iPhone, and my feet wouldn't take me to the horse and rider, so I placed my self where I hoped they would stop, and waited. They came thundering toward me and stopped inches away. Lots of hot horse breath!

I simply made a vertical crop of a horizontal frame and opened the shadows a bit in Snapseed.

Ahhh, one more day of Charreada…

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THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT. AGAIN.

Another long day, more tired and sore, and more to be done. Backup, you know? Enjoy:

SIDE SADDLE / ESCARAMUSA / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

Griping, but loving it.

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LONG DAY, SHORT POST

Well, kids, this is going to be a short post. I just put in a pretty grueling 12 hour day at the Charreada, I'm beat, and I have tons of photos to process, batteries to recharge, and feet to soak. Here's one of my favorite shots from the day…

IPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

Hasta mañana.