Taking pictures helps you become a better photographer. This past weekend I took a lot of pictures. Over two days I took over 1300 pictures. What was even better it was subject/genre that I have never shot before.
I spent the weekend taking action shots at a local rodeo. I used some focus modes I had never used on my camera. The sun was high and harsh so that had to be taken into account. The thing I learned the most about was anticipating the shot. I took more pictures the first day as I didn’t know how the rodeo works, where the peak moments of action would be. As I got into the rhythm of the shoot I could anticipate where the key moments would be. I stopped ‘spraying and praying’ for the shot and was much more selective. One other thing that I took away from the weekend was making sure to look around, away from where you expect the shot to be as life is going on around you. I got some good shots of the slower moments at the rodeo as well.
I’m still working on the majority of the pictures. But here are a few that I took.
And some of the calmer moments.