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Saint Paul Rodeo (Slack Rides)

Hello Ladies,  Last year Deri invited us to go to the "slack" rides at the Saint Paul Rodeo.

This is when the rodeo runs overflow rides for a few events.  it was fantastic last year because there were very few people in the audience so you can get a good view of the arena.  Plus it was free to get in.  They do steer wrestling, Tie Down roping, barrel racing and team roping.  You can sit right up in front in the box seats (best seats in the house).

 

I highly recommend going if you are interested in shooting fast activity.  Deri will be there all  three days.  So she will be the contact person.  I will be on vacation in Mexico.

Recommended Camera settings-

I usually shoot at the following settings:  1/800 second -1/1200 second for the speed.

Set the camera to shutter priority ("tv" for a Canon, other brands might have it as a "s").Speed is critical in order to capture the fast action and get crisp images.

Set the camera to "High Speed Continuous Mode". The symbol for this is usually a series of overlapping boxes.  When you press the shutter, it should fire off multiple shots all at once. I usually fire off a burst of 4-5 shots to ensure that I get some good images off each action shot.  It also improves your chances of getting a perfectly focused image.

Focus should be set to "al servo" for a Canon or "Continuous Focus" on a Nikon.

Exposure metering can be set at the default (usually Evaluative or Matrix metering).

I usually set my white balance to shady to add a little warmth to the pictures.

I keep the ISO at 100 for day time shooting.  If I am shooting the rodeo at night I switch the ISO over to Auto as I need the shutter speed to stay above 800 for action shots.  I really prefer to have the shutter speed above 1000, but that is all dependent on light.....

The aperture is going to vary per shot, but I like a more open aperture (f4-f8) just to create some blurring in the background, although this also depends on your lens.

Bring plenty of memory cards as action shots with burst shooting eat up memory.  There are plenty of contestants so you will get a lot of practice with sports photography.

Deri:[masked]

Check out the website to get more information:  http://www.stpaulrodeo.com/

 

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  • melody m.

    I think everyone's pictures turn out so nice they are beautifully done and there amazing

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome shooting opportunity! Being a long time rodeo fan it was a thrill to finally have the chance to sit in the box seating section right where the action is!! Loved it!!

    July 6, 2013

  • Mary E. N.

    I agree, this was a great Meet Up and Diane was terrific to sit next to. Thanks for sharing so much and for being great company! Plus it was a beautiful day to drive out to St. Paul.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Jody E.

    Deri thanks so much for setting this up! Great learning opportunity for both action shots and cowboy culture.

    July 4, 2013

  • Penne F.

    Loved the Slack Rides!! Thank you for setting this up, Deri. I found the lighting to be challenging but the opportunities for photos were numerous!

    July 4, 2013

  • Ellen Q.

    This was an awesome meetup. The Slack rides were much better than the last time I attended them. As before, the photo opportunities are great and you can't beat the cost (Free). Deri was very generous with her advice for getting good shots. Thanks Deri!

    July 4, 2013

  • Deri D.

    Had a great time, thanks to all who showed up. No shortage of action shots! I am really looking forward to see everyones photos!

    July 3, 2013

  • Sharyn W.

    I cannot attend July 3, but will be there July 5.

    July 2, 2013

  • Brenda H

    Thank you, Deri, for all the good information!

    July 2, 2013

  • Mary E. N.

    Maybe 1. See you n the morning. I am looking forward to this !

    July 2, 2013

  • Sharyn W.

    What is PBR?

    June 30, 2013

  • Donna S.

    My plan is to go on the 2nd and I have a ticket for the Bull Riding at 7:30 pm.

    June 30, 2013

    • Deri D.

      I will also be at the PBR on the 2nd. Drop by and say hi! Diane and I are in the C section, boxes 10 and 15.

      June 30, 2013

  • Deri D.

    You can use a tripod, monopod or hand hold. There is plenty of room to move around. I usually use a monopod and sit in the box seats up front. Usually you are shooting at higher speeds, so a lot depends on how big or heavy your lens is.
    I just posted the recommended camera settings above.........

    June 30, 2013

  • Ellen Q.

    I have gone to the Slack Rides before and found them a great opportunity to get good shots. Looking forward to it.

    June 30, 2013

  • Fay L.

    do you know if we will be able to use a tripod or will hand held be the best choice?

    June 30, 2013

  • Rae Lynn N.

    In Mexico now

    June 29, 2013

  • Rae Lynn N.

    I am so sorry I will be missing this. Have fun everyone.

    June 29, 2013

  • Eileen K.

    Hi, Deri. I've never been to this locale and was wondering how close we got to the action, in terms of telephoto reach? Are we talking about being up close, regarding camera reach? Thanks for your input.

    June 17, 2013

    • Deri D.

      This is a big arena, but there is plenty of space to move all around the arena. If you stay close to the chutes you will be in close to the contestants and won't need as much reach on your telephoto. These are also the more challenging shots as the action will be sideways to your camera. If you move across the arena, you are further away, but the shots are less difficult as the contestants are coming straight toward you.

      June 28, 2013

    • Deri D.

      I usually rotate around the arena for variety.....

      June 28, 2013

  • Deri D.

    Hi all, please note the times on all 3 slacks......I have corrected the times. The slacks on the 3rd and 5th are at 0800. If you come before 0800, the parking is free. If you come after 0800, it costs $5.00 to park or you can park out on the street for free. I usually get to the slacks at 0730 just as there are quite a few people warming up in the arena.
    The slack on Saturday July 6th is at 3 pm (the only afternoon slack). All 3 slacks have a carnival that opens up in the afternoon.........

    June 28, 2013

  • Jody E.

    Cant' wait to do this. I've been getting some great shots from the stands at the Rodeo over the years but getting in close! Wow!!

    June 19, 2013

  • Deri D.

    Hi Eileen, this is a big arena, but we have our choice of where to sit, so we always are spread out over front row box seats. You can get by with a[masked] mm lens but I like even longer lens as it allows me to rotate around the arena to get different views of the action. Which brand of camera are you using?

    June 17, 2013

  • Joanna C.

    I wish I could but I can't this year... :(

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On family vacation

    June 10, 2013

  • melody m.

    will be on vacation

    June 8, 2013

  • melody m.

    will be on vacation in southern calif

    June 8, 2013

  • T

    Would love to, but I have a 12 hour shift that day.

    June 8, 2013

  • Rae Lynn N.

    If I remember correctly, the rodeo arean is easy to locate, but if you have any question, write a comment or send Deri a message.

    June 8, 2013

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