Davie Pro Rodeo with Bob Karafel

This annual rodeo event is held at the Bergeron Rodeo grounds, which is located at 4271 Davie Road, Davie, FL 33314. I attended last year and got some good shots of the rodeo action. It is held at night in a covered, but open air, arena facility. There is adequate artificial lighting for photography. If you have a monopod, I recommend that you bring it to support your camera during this approximately two hour event. You will be shooting from grandstand bleacher type seats and a medium telephoto zoom lens (ie. 70-200mm f2.8) will be sufficient to get good shots of the fast action. The doors open at 6:00 PM and the event starts at 7:30 PM so I recommend that you get there in time to find a good seat in the bleachers by 7:00 PM. Admission is $20. for adults.

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  • Laurence L.

    Ibis we missed seeing you too. The lighting in Davie is not great but if we could get the rodeo organizers to provide us a better vantage point it would probably be better.
    Bob and I were shooting at high ISO because our cameras have very little noise at 3200 and above. I think I would try pushing that next time to see if I can get to a 500th. I stayed mostly with f5.6 knowing I would have to push it in the computer afterwards. I wanted the extra depth.
    For Jenn, her D3200 would get very grainy at 3200, so she is better off with the lower ISO.
    Thanks for the great experience and thankyou Bob for being there.

    1 · November 10

    • Ibis H.

      We were in a middle row on the right side where the cowboys came out of the gates. My ISO was 2200. I tried panning with a lower SS - that did not work well due to the posts. I went high on my SS and kept A between 5.6 and 8.

      November 10

  • Jenn

    I got much better shots last night. Thanks for the advice, Laurence. I learned features about my camera that I never knew existed (like continuous focus). Photos came out underexposed and some were grainy, but I was able to fix them for the most part in PhotoShop and got some shots I am happy with. I am going to attend the Homestead rodeo in January. I've never been to an outdoor, daytime one before, so looking forward to that (thanks for the heads up, Bob).

    November 10

  • Bob K.

    Laurence and I were on the top row of the left side close to where the rodeo participants come out of the gates. This rodeo is a tough shoot because of the low light. I was shooting with a D3 at ISO 3200 in order to be able to get exposure settings of 1/250 sec at f4. Your camera also has to be able to continuously focus and to stay locked onto the subject. If you were unable to get well exposed and sharp photos, there will be another rodeo opportunity on January 25 & 26 at the Homestead Rodeo, which is an outside event held during the day. Plenty of sunlight and no roof support poles to block your vision.

    1 · November 10

  • Ibis H.

    Laurence - missed seeing you.

    November 9

  • Laurence L.

    I did not see any of the group except one and we were on the top row, standing.
    For Jenn - ISO 1600 for your camera and 250th at f5.6 should get you a slightly under exposed shot that can be fixed with lightroom. Action shots take some practice though

    1 · November 9

    • Jenn

      Thanks, Laurence. Will try that and let you know how it goes.

      November 9

  • Laurence L.

    I would like to do it again but next time get the rodeo to give is special shooting locations. If we approach them as a group for tickets, a discount and the placement can be arranged especially if there are more than 10 of us.

    1 · November 9

  • Jenn

    I am going again tonight. Came home and wasn't happy with how any of my photos turned out. This was my first time shooting sports/action and I don't think I prepared enough in advance. Can anyone tell me what settings they used? I have a Nikon D3200 and a 55-200mm lens. I tried fast shutter speed and widest aperture, but the photos were dark. I did not try increasing my ISO, so I'm hoping that was the problem and will try that tonight.

    November 9

  • Ibis H.

    The Rodeo was GREAT. Did not see Bob Karafel. It was great meeting Patricia and her friends.

    November 9

  • Jenn

    You can buy advanced tickets for $18 at Grif's Western or the Davie Pro Rodeo online store: https://davieprorodeo.com/dpr/st...­

    November 6

  • Bob K.

    They only accept cash for the $20. admission fee.

    November 2

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