Rodeo photography...with an old worn out Nikon D200. This is the very first rodeo i have ever photographed, and i am addicted to it now and have since started shooting for the Murray Saddle Club here in town. I am getting requests from locals to shoot other things as well, i have been going crazy shooting every day, as often as i can. And my hard work is starting to show.
I use my Nikon D200, Nikon 35mm f/1.8, Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5G IF-ED, and my Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8. I have a Nikon 70-300mm D ED arriving on Thursday.
I am also struggling to get a new Nikon D7200 because the D200 is anything but a low light action shooter. Everything i own is for sale
The D200 has no focus tracking, i have more fingers than focus points, it can't handle high iso's, and any form of good dynamic range is non existent....it makes me work to hard, lol.
I think i did pretty good, i can't wait to see what i can do once i get the D7200. I have been doing nothing but honing my photography skills, learning to shoot action...everyone knows 99% of my stuff is flowers, abandoned buildings, and other things that don't move to much.
These aren't the best, my 13 year old D200 has some quirks, and it hates anything over iso 640...it's a nightmare to work with, but when it works it works good.
The very first two images are my favorite of all 118 that i saved, i love the way they turned out. They were long exposures using the 18-70mm G ED.
This was my very first rodeo shoot, and there are many more local shows this season so i am going to get all the practice i can get, and hopefully by next season i will be able to shoot something i can make money from.
Rodeo shots should be high and tight, but 200mm is all i can reach, and 10mp leaves very little room for cropping. Even when the 70-300 gets here, the rodeos don't start until 7:30 PM so it won't be of much use. But the saddle club starts at 9:00 AM.
But anyway, here's what i got from my first go at rodeo photography.