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Hanging on For Dear Life, Austin Rodeo | by DaveWilsonPhotography
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Hanging on For Dear Life, Austin Rodeo

A rider in this year's Austin Rodeo hangs on as he tries to stay on the horse for the required 8 seconds.


Shooting at the rodeo was extremely difficult since the arena lighting is very dim. I was shooting at f/2.8 and up to 4000ISO and still couldn't get my shutter speeds fast enough to really freeze the action. During this time, I was feeling very jealous of the professional who had control of the stadium flash setup they have there :-)


As if the lighting wasn't annoying enough, the red and yellow seating also made for some truly horrible backgrounds. Black and white, anyone?


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Taken on March 21, 2011