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 Dow roping, and team roping. I don't think they do bull riding, though.
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. Keep in mind that the slacks on the 3rd and 5th will have the most contestants. The very last slack usually has the least number of contestants.
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.
Check out the website to get more information: http://www.stpaulrodeo.com/