Last week, I had a bit of trouble with access during the Ellensburg Rodeo, but when presented with constraints in any situation, how do we photographers react? And what do we need to do in order to move on and get the photos? This week, I’m going to talk about working around those constraints, both the physical and mental.
First off, rodeos are usually a low key type of event where you can run around and get great photos of riders during preparation. Those photos are often quiet moments that viewers love to see and most of the time never get to see. Well at this rodeo, we were limited to three spots, two of which were not ideal locations.
Because I was physically confined to a single area for three hours, I just focused on what I could do…and that was…shoot tight with the 400mm. So I put away my wide because I knew that it wasn’t going to be used, and solely focused on getting tight action shots. Now, normally, I would love to give the viewer a variety of wide and tight up photos, but given the constraints, I had to do my best and accept that THAT’S THE WAY IT WAS GOING TO BE. Although this doesn’t give a full picture of the event, I wasn’t going to let it stop me from getting good photos.
Now, breaking down mental barriers can be even more difficult. I was pretty frustrated most of the time during the event, but I knew that I had to put that aside in order to do my job. If you get caught up in those sort of things, it can and WILL affect how you shoot. Whether it’s because you broke a lens, forgot to charge your batteries, or got verbally harassed by someone, you just need to move on. Letting your emotions get in the way of things, can hinder your judgement. No one is going to throw a pity party for you. You just need to reassess yourself and move on.
Hope this helps, because I guarantee if you’re a photographer at any event, you will most likely come across a mental or physical barrier. The question is how will you react to them?
Thanks for looking.
Here are the photos that I came away with: