The Down Low in Adams County


At the end of July I had the opportunity to hitchhike up to Council, Idaho with Swisher Hat and Supply Co. to spend some time at the Adams County Rodeo.  I wasn't there for the hats, though. I just tucked my head under mine, and slung my camera around my neck to capture the action on the arena floor.
Sony α6000 | E 55-210mm f/4.5 | 210mm | ƒ/6.3 | 1/1000s | ISO 160
This particular time around I was just a guest of the rodeo committee, and not shooting in an "official" capacity. (I hold a photographer's card, which allows me to shoot the events, but I had not been hired by this committee.) Out of respect for my colleague, I wandered around to find a spot where I could shoot, and stay out of the way.
Sony α6000 | E 55-210mm f/4.5 | 76mm | ƒ/5.0 | 1/1000s | ISO 160
The west side of the arena had nice Priefert panels with gaps just wide enough and in the right places to let me crouch down in the dirt and shoot from just above ground level. It was a pretty unique perspective, and let me get some shots I don't usually get to take.
Sony α6000 | E 55-210mm f/4.5 | 55mm | ƒ/4.5 | 1/1000s | ISO 1600
Come to find out, there are lots more events and opportunities for competitors in Council, which means the rodeo goes long and very late. Upside: lots to shoot. Downside: it got very, very dark. There was some arena lighting which allowed me to get team ropers and barrel racers as they passed through it, but when the final bull riding event came around, it was down to luck.
Sony α6000 | E 55-210mm f/4.5 | 55mm | ƒ/4.5 | 1/1000s | ISO 1600
I was relatively close to the chutes where I was, so I actually went so far as to opt for my 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens. Although I knew it would require some cropping later, the extra light was going to be absolutely necessary. No, that's not it's intended use, but sometimes you hafta do what it takes to get the shot. At the moment I'm working toward sponsorships that would help me get the Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8, but that's a ways away for now.
Sony α6000 | E 55-210mm f/4.5 | 78mm | ƒ/5.0 | 1/1000s | ISO 125
It was a very late night getting back to Nampa, but it was worth it. Some of the best competitors in the region were there, along with prime stock from Superior Rodeo Co. and High Desert Rough Stock, and I feel like I got a few shots to be very proud of, and the contestants have some for their memories as well. Sometimes you gotta get down and dirty to get the shot. That's okay. It's rodeo.