Hat Goes a Flyin’

By: danitacahill

Mar 14 2012

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Category: Animals, Black & White, Farm, Photography, Photojournalism, Portrait photography, Rural Photography, Western

4 Comments

Aperture:f/5.6
Focal Length:70mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/800 sec
Camera:Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi

Bull riders have a very specific pose that they like to see in photographs of themselves: One hand in the air (never touching the bull, which is an automatic disqualification), feet in their proper place (not flying up in the air, or too far back, although knees bent with feet near the shoulders is good), and hat firmly planted on head.

Because of the last reason, the rider didn’t care for this photo of himself.

It’s one of my favorite bull-riding shots though. I like the added interest of his hat flying off.

The cowboy hat made for an interesting series of fast-shutter-speed shots during this particular ride. The hat flew off his head, came down and bounced off the rider’s leg, hit the ground, spun and finally came to rest in the dusty arena.

Next we’ll look at a couple of riders falling off bulls. Because even if you make the eight-second ride, you still have to get OFF the bull. There are several ways to do that. Some graceful. Some not so much.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.

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4 comments on “Hat Goes a Flyin’”

  1. Great capture! I like his hat “flyin'” off also. 🙂

  2. Thanks so much, Nicole!

  3. Oh, and I forgot to mention, bull riders want the photo to capture the bull bucking with his back legs high. This shot does everything they’d like it to do, except for the flying hat!

  4. Your action shots are amazing! I agree, the hat flying off is an added bonus for me!


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