What Goes Up

Somehow I don't get the impression that this horse wants the cowboy to ride him.

I showed up in town early to get a good parking spot for the fireworks show later that night.  I missed the small town parade this year, but there was a rodeo across town, so I went over to check it out.  As in many cultures around the world, skills necessary for many families' livelihoods around here are demonstrated to others in the community.  In the American West small towns practice that tradition through rodeo.  This one was held in the tiny town of Bridgeport, California, population maybe 300, adjacent to 1000+ acre Big Meadow, where cattle are managed in the ways demonstrated in the rodeo.  The participants are from roughly a dozen neighboring ranches.  Events include "doctoring", roping and tying up the feet of a steer so you can vaccinate him against disease, and one where the cowboys get three sections of portable fence out of a trailer, then round up four steers into the trailer.  This "bucking broncos" portion involves trying to ride a bucking horse for 8 seconds, a skill necessary to ride a horse for the first time.  Most rodeos have events scaled down for children, so they can develop the skills needed to handle much larger cattle later on in life.
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Fireworks Photography

A quick tutorial and links to examples:

How to Photograph Fireworks 
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/07/how-to-photograph-fireworks.html
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People often ask me what my settings were for certain night shots, but the light on the landscape and your subject varies from night to night as the moon phase changes, it varies from hour to hour as the moon moves in the sky, and even from moment to moment… (continued…)

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I’ve been shooting fireworks at every opportunity for many years.  Here are some examples from past years:

South Lake Tahoe, 2011
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2011/08/south-lake-tahoe-fireworks-ranked-6-in.html

Tahoe City, July 4th, 2010
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2010/07/july-4th-weekend.html

Seaside, Oregon, 2009
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2009/07/by-rockets-red-glare-bombs-bursting-in.html
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How to Photograph Fireworks
People often ask me what my settings were for certain night shots, but the light on the landscape and your subject varies from night to night as the moon phase changes, it varies from hour to hour as the moon moves in the sky…

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