Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

July 20, 2010

2010 California Rodeo Salinas

I shot the 100th annual California Rodeo Salinas this past weekend at the Salinas Sports Complex and donned my (uncomfortable) cowboy boots for a few nights to fit in...

I went to high school in Salinas and was surrounded by the cowboy culture and dislike country music, but I love shooting rodeo events.

Here's a video—shot my Nikon D300s—from Sunday afternoon at the rodeo.

Below are my five favorite images and why I like them.

Professional Bull Riding.

You are right in there with the cowboy and the bull is almost coming right at you, which is pretty frightening. Also, the height of the bull is quite unreal.

Bareback Bronc Riding.

The rider's expression after getting tossed off it great. I can feel his pain as the bucking horse trots off in the other direction.

Freestyle Bullfighting.

I got lucky with my shooting position here, but it just scares me as I scan through this series of photos and watch the entire thing unfold.

Steer Wrestling.

I love the shots where it shows both the animal and cowboy on the ground. They're on the same level and both exhausted.

Cowboys in the chutes.

His funny sneer is great and I love how you can not really see his eyes under the sea of cowboy hat.

~ nic

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