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You have to be a little crazy to do this. Steer Wrestling is for the "big boys" of rodeo. These are linebacker sized cowboys that jump from horses running at to...
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You have to be a little crazy to do this. Steer Wrestling is for the "big boys" of rodeo. These are linebacker sized cowboys that jump from horses running at top speed and grab the horns of 300 pound animals to drag them to a stop and then flip the steer on its side. As you can imagine, steer wrestlers have more than their share of knee injuries.
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24 Comments | Report
kellymarquardt
 
kellymarquardt May 26, 2015
oh my goodness what a shot
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tonybruguiere August 21, 2015
Thanks very much,Kelly.
bonniedelap
 
bonniedelap May 26, 2015
Awesome
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tonybruguiere August 21, 2015
Thank you, Bonnie.
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia August 20, 2015
wow, it seems you were just there!
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tonybruguiere August 21, 2015
Thanks, Sebastian! This was taken at the Cinch Shootout at Cheyenne Frontier Days. The Shootout is an invitation only event where top cowboys go against top stock in a winner take all format. This is a big and fast steer that ran farther than usual down the arena before the cowboy could catch up with him.
sharlenescarboroughdodds
 
sharlenescarboroughdodds August 22, 2015
Incredible Capture , Heart pounding
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tonybruguiere August 24, 2015
Thank you for the kind words, Sharlene.
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead August 24, 2015
Congratulations and good luck ! Spectacular capture !!
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tonybruguiere August 24, 2015
Thank you, David.
IrogSinta
 
IrogSinta August 24, 2015
Congrats on getting the People's Choice award! Great shot!
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tonybruguiere August 24, 2015
Thank you for the kind words.
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tonybruguiere August 24, 2015
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE THAT VOTED FOR MY IMAGE. THE PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD IS QUITE AN HONOR CONSIDERING ALL THE INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHERS ON VIEWBUG.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots August 25, 2015
Awesome capture! Congrats.
EricCoulombe
 
EricCoulombe August 26, 2015
In my opinion, your image should have won the All or nothing photo contest. There is so much energy in this image. Great job!
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tonybruguiere August 27, 2015
Wow! Thank you very much, Jeff.
kit90
 
kit90 August 27, 2015
Fantastic shot
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tonybruguiere August 27, 2015
Thank you for the kind words.
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midgehamner August 28, 2015
What lens did you use for this?
brendek
 
brendek August 28, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
brendek
 
brendek August 28, 2015
That is one amazing photograph!
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tonybruguiere September 27, 2015
Thank you for the kind words.
robertodeegan
 
robertodeegan October 24, 2015
I love your shooting style. The way that you are cropping your photographs is so right on the money!!!!!!!
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tonybruguiere October 24, 2015
Thank you for the kind words, Roberto. I really appreciate that.
carmenvelcic
 
carmenvelcic November 24, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
carmenvelcic
 
carmenvelcic November 24, 2015
Excellent photo, breathless. I don't like the event, but the photo is superb
PhillipClements
 
PhillipClements October 04, 2016
Great picture...though I'm kind of rooting for the steer.
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Christopherblake_photo October 21, 2016
Undoubtedly the best "timing" shot I have ever seen! Wow!
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edrobson February 26, 2017
Awesome capture.
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TimothyPrincehorn November 02, 2017
I can't say enough about this image, Tony.You captured just the right milli-second of the action. Incredible capture to give folks an idea on what this must have felt like viewing in my recliner chair. Great shot. Just great!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography May 15, 2018
Awesome capture. / Voted
rpdhjja
 
rpdhjja June 04, 2018
Masterpiece...
francescabullet PRO+
 
francescabullet June 04, 2018
Magnificent shot! My compliments
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock June 04, 2018
LOVE the closeup!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was shot at the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days, which is the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. Cheyenne has over 1500 contestants and an arena that measures more than 700 feet long and 200 feet wide and currently seats 17,000.
Time
This was shot at 2:22 pm on a typical hot, windy, Wyoming afternoon without a cloud in the sky.
Lighting
Natural light, no reflectors, If folks are looking for golden hour light, they are not going to shoot many top rodeos. Small rodeos that start at 7 pm, you will have beautiful light for an hour or so before you go in to night. Early evening presents the problem of stopping action in diminishing light. You basically have to work with what you are given.
Equipment
Canon 7D with a Canon 70-200 mm (L) f/2.8 IS @ 145mm 1/1600 @ f/8 +1/3
Inspiration
Cheyenne Frontier Days has been held annually for 119 years. There are special challenges for contestants and photographers that are unique to CFD. It is a huge arena, with rank roughstock and large, fast calves and steers in a rain or shine outdoor environment. I know cowboys that wear their Cheyenne Gold Buckles with pride, while their World Champion buckles gather dust at home. Shooting at Cheyenne is special to rodeo photographers too. You don't just show up and expect to photograph CFD. Credentialing is a long process and requires samples of your work. They are very protective of how their rodeo is presented to the public. In 2015 CFD received over 800 requests for media credentials. It is with no small amount of pride that I can say that I have photographed Cheyenne Frontier Days, the "Daddy of 'Em All", for eleven years.
Editing
I shoot RAW, so there is always some post-processing in ACR. There is nothing other than basic processing to this image except, without reflectors or fill flash, you are going to have the problem of the cowboy hat casting a shadow on the face. His shirt put a color reflection on his face, which I reduced in PS to look like a sunburn.
In my camera bag
Camera bodies are a Canon 40D and a 7D. My working bag consists of the 70-200mm, Canon 24-105 mm (L) f/4.0, and a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM.
Feedback
Start with smaller, local events. Position and timing are everything in shooting rodeo. Spend some time observing before shooting. Try to master shooting with both eyes open. It will feel weird at first, but it can be done and it will make you safer. Learn to use Back Button Focus to lock on your focus while following action. ASK QUESTIONS! Cowboys from World Champions to week-end warriors love to talk about their sport. Be respective of their sport and lifestyle.

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