It was so cloudy today that it made the arena where they hold the barrel races even more difficult to get pictures. There are huge skylights in the arena that normally provide enough sunshine so my pictures are tolerable. But today as cloudy as it was, the few electric lights in the arena weren't nearly enough to take a decent picture with so I didn't get many pictures of the barrel racing today.
This blog post is a response to TXSasquatch's comment this morning. His comment was very simple, but my answers seldom are.
Well, thank you so much, TXSasquatch! Actually, I did something similar to your suggestion when my oldest son was competing in competition trap shooting in high school. I started taking pictures of the kids shooting and putting the pictures on my son's blog. And in no time, all the kids wanted a picture of themselves breaking a clay target.
I enjoyed photography, so I was okay with taking their pictures at the various competitions we attended because there were only about 20 shooters that I had to get pictures of, so it was easy to keep up with whose picture I'd taken so I didn't leave anyone out.
When my youngest son started riding bulls in the Colorado high school rodeo program, I took pictures of the bull riders at the various rodeos and put them on my son's rodeo blog so the kids could see them, and easily download them if they wanted to. It was simple for me to do since there was only six or eight high school bull riders in Colorado back then, so I could make sure everyone got their picture on my son's blog after every rodeo.
The pictures were a pretty big hit with the bull riding kids, and since high school rodeo bull riders were pretty well known by all the other rodeo contestants, before long kids in the other rodeo disciplines were coming up to me during the rodeo wanting me to take their picture, and since there was usually over 100 contestants at one of these rodeos it didn't take long for it to get completely out of hand and become more like a job than a hobby for me.
I wasn't charging anything for my pictures, of course, I just started doing it for my son's rodeo friends, and it rapidly became too much work to keep up with whose picture belonged to who. Cheap thumb drives had yet to be invented, so I had to put the rodeo pictures on my son's blog, which became very unwieldy, very slow, and very glitchy.
Like today, there is almost always a professional photographer at the rodeo trying to sell pictures of the kids to the parents, which is why I originally started taking the bull riders pictures. A lot of these parents I talked to were struggling just to keep taking little Johnny to the rodeo, and didn't have the spare money for a 30 or $40 rodeo picture when they got there. And since I was always at the rodeo, and my hobby was taking pictures, the parents figured it would be easy for me to take one little snapshot of Johnny riding his horse, totally forgetting there was over 100 parents their wanting pictures.
So just about the time things started getting completely out of hand for me, high school was over, and so were the rodeos, so the picture-taking ended not with a bang but a whimper, and I was glad of it.
So as much as I appreciate your suggestion, I've always known that it's a job when people pay you to do something, and when they pay you they expect you to be a professional, which I only pretend to be, and unfortunately so does the IRS, and I have already paid my CPA enough money to put his kids through college just to keep the IRS out of my life.
So, due to my inherent laziness, and my aversion to accomplishing anything useful, I have sworn off all things that even faintly resembles work.
The goat tying event is fun to watch, but not a whole lot of fun for the goat. The best part of the competition is watching the girls get off of a galloping horse because they seldom stick the landing, In fact I think it would be more fun to watch if they got rid of the goat and just let the girls jump off a horse running full speed.
The goat is not hurt it all, but it must be pretty scary watching something the size of a horse running at you at full speed. But around here this is nowhere near the worst thing that can happen to a goat, seeing as how there frequently found on the menu at Mexican restaurants.
Cowgirls are required to run a lot at the rodeo, which is strange considering they all have a horse.
At the rodeo a horse is the most popular way of getting from place to place. But this dangerous looking contrivance is probably number two. I don't recall seeing any grown-ups riding one of these two wheeled death traps that you steer with your knees, but with teens there very popular.
I imagine adults tried them but were quickly killed before they could get any good at it, leaving the contraption to both male and female teenagers, who apparently similar to cats have more than one life.
I once had long flowing blonde hair like this, but years of riding motorcycles blew it all away.... This cowgirl had better be careful.
There are a lot of Indian reservations in Arizona, and rodeo has always been popular in their schools. And from what I can tell, especially in the horse sports, there quite good at it.
It's early Sunday afternoon and almost all the horse trailers are gone. The huge arenas are empty, and the Cowboys and the cowgirls have left their blood, sweat, and tears, on the arena floor... And the horses have all left something else on the arena floor.
And now it feels like there's no one left here but the old boondork. It's always a weird feeling when the place is crowded with hundreds of people during one of these events, then in a couple of hours they're all gone, and the place feels, not just empty, but like it died. And I guess it's strange that it feels that way to me because I'm not even a participant in any of these events going on, I'm just an outsider looking in a window watching other people having fun... That's the hobby of photography, your an observer of life, never the one living it.