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Barrel Racing

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by Marlene, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. The first weekend in August we went to a small town rodeo and I had my first opportunity to use my D300 to shoot some action. I just wish I would have another opportunity now before winter as I would do a few things different. I used the 70-300 VR lens.

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  2. biggstr6


    Apr 26, 2005
    # 2 looks like a really good shot you got the timing & framing right , maybe crop alittle tighter ,but looks alittle soft to me . Although its early and my eyes are still blurry so it could be me.
  3. impressive action. the second is a litle soft but still good stuff.
  4. I think that may be because I was shooting in "P" mode. That's why I wish there was another rodeo this year as I would do it different. BTW I decided against "P" mode for pretty much anything now.

    biggstr6 timing is much easier with 5/6 frames per second. :smile:

    Thanks for your comments folks.

  5. That looks like a cool event with nice action. Maybe next time try shooting A mode and as wide open as possible to up your shutter speed and blur the backgrounds.
  6. I'll do that. Thanks.

  7. stphoto


    Feb 8, 2008
    Syracuse, NY
    I have shot barrel racing at the New York State Fair the last two years. The arena has terrible lighting and I use a 50mm f/1.8 which only gets me to 1/250s at ISO 1600. Still, I have a lot of fun working on my timing and composition. This photo was cropped.

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    Nikon D70/50 1.8D, 1/250s, f/1.8, ISO 1600, +0.3 EV

    I like your timing for both of your photos, Marlene. I set up next to the second of the three barrels (the riders can go in either direction but most choose to go around this barrel second) so I can also pan the riders flying down the center after going around the third barrel, like this...

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    Same Exif as above except ISO was 1250 in this one.
  8. Good idea for where to set up ST. I'll have to try it.

    I enjoyed shooting the barrel racing the best. I did shoot bull riding, saddle and bareback riding but didn't get anything I was really happy with. Next year. :smile:

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