Caldwell Night Rodeo 2016

One of the greatest honors of this past year was to be named the official committee photographer of the Caldwell Night Rodeo. It's not just one of Idaho's crown-jewel rodeos, it's one of the biggest rodeos in the country.

Sony a6000 | FE 70-200mm f/4.0 | 60mm | ƒ/4.0 | 1/100s | ISO 1600

Sony a6000 | FE 70-200mm f/4.0 | 200mm | ƒ/4.0 | 1/1600s | ISO 500
In a quest for more light at a night event, I used the Sony 70-200 f/4, which performed like a champ, with super fast autofocus, and no "hunting". (Perfect combination for my a6000, which has the fastest autofocus in the business.) At that time, the f/2.8 version of this lens was not yet released, and I can't wait to try that one next year!

Sony a6000 | FE 70-200mm f/4.0 | 70mm | ƒ/4.0 | 1/1600s | ISO 500

Sony a6000 | FE 70-200mm f/4.0 | 200mm | ƒ/4.0 | 1/800s | ISO 1250
Rodeo photography is an exhausting job, but it is immensely rewarding. Having been a rodeo fan for the longest time, being able to capture the moments behind the scenes and on the arena floor is at the same time a privilege and a complete hoot!

Sony a6000 | FE 70-200mm f/4.0 | 91mm | ƒ/4.0 | 1/1000s | ISO 2000

Sony a6000 | FE 70-200mm f/4.0 | 180mm | ƒ/4.0 | 1/1000s | ISO 3200
While action photos are the most dramatic, rodeo people are the best people, and catching them doing their thing is what I love the most. From intense rides to quiet, behind-the-scenes moments, there's a range of emotions to capture, if only you'll look for them.

Sony a6000 | FE 70-200mm f/4.0 | 70mm | ƒ/4.0 | 1/1000s | ISO 3200

Sony a6000 | FE 70-200mm f/4.0 | 101mm | ƒ/4.0 | 1/800s | ISO 320
 My goal is to catch excitement. It's always there in the rodeo. Just gotta be ready!
Sony a6000 | FE 70-200mm f/4.0 | 94mm | ƒ/4.0 | 1/1000s | ISO 3200

Sony a6000 | FE 70-200mm f/4.0 | 139mm | ƒ/4.0 | 1/1000s | ISO 3200