RODEO TALK

This was a hipshot, taken in passing, for anyone interested.

In other words, I held my iPhone down by my hip, at arm's length, and shot blind, three or four candid shots as I walked past these cowboys who were having a visit at the Taos Rodeo, back jn June.

Then I chose the best of the group, cropped and adjusted it in Snapseed, on my iPad Air 2, and ended up with a photograph I'm quite pleased with.

 

MEXICAN RODEO BULLS

These Toros de Charreada were awaiting their performances in the beautiful new Arena Vallarta recently, just outside Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

 

 

THE PICKUP MEN

Here we go, tipping our toe into the action shots from the Taos Rodeo. These pickup men are responsible for seeing to it that the rider, if he finishes his ride, or is bucked off, is safe and that the saddle bronc is, too. They then see to it that the bronc makes its way safely back out of the arena.

 

TIME TO RIDE

A young bull rider prepares to mount an angry, uncooperative bull, a bull that's determined to get out of that buckin' chute, and out from under that rider.

 

 

PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG BULL RIDER

Taos, New Mexico Rodeo, 2016

 

COWBOY DRESSING ROOM

More from behind the scenes at this year's Taos Rodeo.

 

BULL RIDER MAKE-READY

Another found life of bull rider gear from the recent Taos Rodeo before we go to the action shots.

 

BULL RIDER STILL LIFE

I went to photograph the Taos Rodeo last week. I took only my iPhone 6s Plus, and elected, as usual, to shoot mostly behind the scenes. This found still life is the sort of thing I was after. However, in the coming days, you will see that I drifted into some action shots, as well.

 

 

THE RIDE

Continued from yesterday…

All's well that ends well!

Hasta mañana.

 

YOUNG CHARRO

YOUNG CHARRO / Panasonic DMC-FZ20 / ACDSee / Snapseed

The Mexican Charreada, like its American counterpart, the Rodeo, is a family affair. From toddlers to old timers, male and female participants, all engage in keeping their traditions alive. This is a common theme among horse cultures worldwide.

I photographed this handsome young horseman at the Lienzo Charro Constituyentes, in México, D. F., in 2011. This is a large arena, in a very large city, but it has a small town feel that I like, and I visit there often.