How to dismount from a bull and land on your feet . . .

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GPapa
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How to dismount from a bull and land on your feet . . .
Jun 21, 2011

Camera: Canon EOS 7D with 70-200 f/2.8 IS
Manual Exposure Time: 1/5000
Manual Aperture: f/4
Auto ISO: 1600
Focal Length: 200mm

Everything was just fine . . .

Then, as the cowboy's body slipped off the bull, his hand got caught in the bull rope. The cinch they use is kind of like a Chinese finger trap; the harder you pull the tighter it grips the hand.

The cowboy was getting flung around like a rag doll as the bull spun.

The cowboy eventually got flung up onto the bulls horns.

Finally, and fortunately, the cowboy's hand came free from the bull rope just as the bull launched him into the air.

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Re: How to dismount from a bull and land on your feet . . .
In reply to GPapa, Jun 21, 2011

Great job on the series! Love them!

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Armando J. Rodriguez, Jr.
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excellent series
In reply to ncuthbertson, Jun 21, 2011

I hope the bull did not hit him after he landed. That support crew did a great job distracting the animal.
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Re: How to dismount from a bull and land on your feet . . .
In reply to GPapa, Jun 21, 2011

very nicely done ....i enoyed them alot
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In reply to Dannyboy292, Jun 21, 2011

that was great, I enjoyed guessing what the next pic would hold.
nicely done

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Very nice series!!
In reply to GPapa, Jun 21, 2011

I like the look on the guy's face as he was getting thrown!

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In reply to GPapa, Jun 21, 2011

Great series of shots and the light was perfect too. Did you shoot RAW and if so how did you process them?

Thanks,

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Settings and Post Processing
In reply to rwbaron, Jun 21, 2011

I shoot almost all sports in Large JPEG mode and that is what I did here. I shot about 1,000 frames at this rodeo.

I've been experimenting with Auto ISO for outdoor sports under variable light conditions lately. I use Highlight Tone Priority along with it. So far I like it.

We had partial cloudy conditions at this rodeo. Sometimes full sun and sometimes partial sun or just plain cloudy. So I had saved a couple of setups under the C1-C2-C3. I used a faster shutter speed, 1/5000, for the full sun and a slower shutter speed, 1/3200, for cloudy and let the Auto ISO float as needed. When they started the bulls I was in cloudy mode but the sun was starting to return on this riders set. I had switched to sun mode even though it wasn't full sun yet, it was going in that direction. In this particular set the ISO fluctuated from 1250 to 2000.

I also used auto white balance because the variable light.

I used Neutral Picture Style and added sharpness, a touch of saturation, and sampled white balance settings were applied to small batches of similarly lighted images in post processing. I used Canon's Digital Photo Professional software.

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In reply to GPapa, Jun 21, 2011

Amazing stuff, Gpapa! Very nice job!
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In reply to GPapa, Jun 22, 2011

Thanks for the details.

You do a great job in capture and in post processing. I would never think of shooting in JPEG due to my perceived limitations in post processing but your work shows my concerns can be unfounded.

Nice work and thanks for sharing.

Bob

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I shoot almost all sports in Large JPEG mode and that is what I did here. I shot about 1,000 frames at this rodeo.

I've been experimenting with Auto ISO for outdoor sports under variable light conditions lately. I use Highlight Tone Priority along with it. So far I like it.

We had partial cloudy conditions at this rodeo. Sometimes full sun and sometimes partial sun or just plain cloudy. So I had saved a couple of setups under the C1-C2-C3. I used a faster shutter speed, 1/5000, for the full sun and a slower shutter speed, 1/3200, for cloudy and let the Auto ISO float as needed. When they started the bulls I was in cloudy mode but the sun was starting to return on this riders set. I had switched to sun mode even though it wasn't full sun yet, it was going in that direction. In this particular set the ISO fluctuated from 1250 to 2000.

I also used auto white balance because the variable light.

I used Neutral Picture Style and added sharpness, a touch of saturation, and sampled white balance settings were applied to small batches of similarly lighted images in post processing. I used Canon's Digital Photo Professional software.

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In reply to rwbaron, Jun 22, 2011

Thanks for the compliments to all. I did kind of luck out on the scattered sunlight with this set and the 7D + 70-200 is a great combination for sports if you can get close enough to the action.

I shot a district level basketball game using Raw because I knew from previous experience the gym had a red biased light that was very difficult to deal with shooting JPEG. Shooting raw I was able to deal with the orange tinted photos easier than previous shoots done in JPEG at the same venue, but I ended up with 10 gigabytes of files. That meant 3 DVDs to archive just one game. Not worth it for my purposes.

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Re: How to dismount from a bull and land on your feet . . .
In reply to GPapa, Jun 22, 2011

Amazing capture right to the very end! You kept me on the edge of my seat.

Even the background was interesting seeing the expressions of the cowboys behind the fence. There was one sadistic cowboy who wore a black jacket with sunglasses and a white cowboy hat who seemed to be laughing through the whole thing!

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Very Nice!
In reply to GPapa, Jun 23, 2011

What mode were you shooting? What fstop? What AF mode? They all look nice and sharp for constant action. Well done.

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In reply to mevbo, Jun 23, 2011

Camera: Canon EOS 7D with 70-200 f/2.8 IS
Image Stabilization ON
Focal Length: 200mm
Manual Exposure Time: 1/5000
Manual Aperture: f/4
Auto ISO: 1250-2000
Highlight Tone Priority ON
Center Weighted Average Metering
Auto White Balance
AI-Servo
High Speed Continuous Drive
Center Focal Point
Neutral Picture Style
Large JPEG
C Fn III 1: Sensitivity 0
C Fn III 2: AF Priority/Tracking Priority
C Fn III 3: Continuous Focus Tracking Priority

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In reply to GPapa, Jun 23, 2011

Just curious, why is the IS on at 1/5000??

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Camera: Canon EOS 7D with 70-200 f/2.8 IS
Image Stabilization ON
Focal Length: 200mm
Manual Exposure Time: 1/5000
Manual Aperture: f/4
Auto ISO: 1250-2000
Highlight Tone Priority ON
Center Weighted Average Metering
Auto White Balance
AI-Servo
High Speed Continuous Drive
Center Focal Point
Neutral Picture Style
Large JPEG
C Fn III 1: Sensitivity 0
C Fn III 2: AF Priority/Tracking Priority
C Fn III 3: Continuous Focus Tracking Priority

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Why IS ON with 1/5000 shutter speed
In reply to jhal, Jun 23, 2011

The list of settings is what was used when I took these bull rider photos.

During the rodeo I was also taking shots of the spectators. I used the C2 mode dial setting to store a different set of parameters with a slower shutter speed for shooting mostly stationary targets.

The IS was left ON because it was not interferring with the action shots. If this were a baseball game or basketball game, where capturing the shot means rapidly swinging the camera from one point of action to another, then the slight delay waiting for the IS to settle down would be a factor. For rodeo I don't find that to be the case.

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Re: How to dismount from a bull and land on your feet . . .
In reply to GPapa, Jun 23, 2011

Could have done without most of those photos to tell the story. Just 3 photos needed. 1st middle and end.

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GPapa
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Too many photos . . . ?
In reply to RedFox88, Jun 24, 2011

Yes, my decision to include more than three images may be a bit overboard, but then again, I could have posted all 36 of the images taken during this 8 second ride.

I could have just posted the one image where the rider is initially launched into the air, as I did for the local newspaper that featured my photo at the top of their coverage of the rodeo. Of course you do get a different story that way.

And, of course, I could take the opportunity to show some of what 8 frames per second can look like on a photography web site like this . . . which is what I did.

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