This is one of my favorite angles to shoot sports. The overhead is a very clean shot and works great especially when you get a nice facial expression like in the above photo.
I shot the final day of the California Rodeo Salinas today and have a great time and felt like I made some nice frames. I had about 300 keepers from about 1,100 photos taken.
I got some nice low angles from the photo pits across from the chutes and then a great roof overhead angle, which worked great for many shots.
Bareback riding (above two shots) is probably my favorite event to shoot. It's a very intense spectacle and the horses can buck much more violently than the bulls, though the bulls can be a bit more gnarly in case of a trampling...
I was able to create a few nice blur shots of cowboys during their straight line direction during the calf roping.
The above shot was terribly underexposed when I looked at it in Photoshop, but I was able to make a nice shadow-y frame out of it.
Freestyle bullfighter favorite "Hollywood" Don Yates.
I saw this photo as I was walking up to the roof. It's a neat frame.
When I first arrived, there were these four cowboys killing time by playing hacky sack. I found it kinda funny, so I took a picture.
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Nic Coury/staff photographer