Cowboys and Cowgirls

Rodeo Cowboy

Cowboy watching the bull riding at Buckin Ohio.

Who knew that less than an hour south of Cleveland was a full fledged rodeo?  Last summer, the Cleveland Photographic Society arranged a field trip to “Buckin Ohio” in Burbank, OH, very close to the Lodi exit of I-71.  I enjoyed it so much that I went back to another event a few weeks later!  The photo opportunities were great and along with many bull riding and barrel racing photos, I took many candid photos of the crowd as well as the cowboys and cowgirls.  The setting sun, provided the golden glow on the faces in these two candid shots while the northern sky was still deep blue in the background.  Hard to believe it’s northern Ohio and not Texas or Wyoming!

Rodeo Cowgirl

A cowgirl sits high in the saddle awaiting start of the rodeo.

I can’t wait to drive down to Burbank again this summer for some more rodeo shooting!  Four events are planned for this summer.  Details can be found at:

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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6 Responses to Cowboys and Cowgirls

  1. Roger says:

    What can I say–Superb!


  2. These photos evoke such colorful images in my mind’s eye. Love the angles and the settings. Great job!


    • Thanks Samantha. It’s interesting, that posting has been the most popular I’ve posted! It gets clicks almost everyday since I posted it last year! I guess cowboys and cowgirls are very popular!
      I’ve looked at your blog and am very impressed! It is a wealth of great information and you are a very talented writer! I started my blog to feature my photography, but also to force myself to write! I’m getting more comfortable at it!
      Thanks again!


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  4. Several summers ago my husband and I were in Cody,Wyoming on the day they held their first rodeo of the season. What a delightful experience! We’d seen a rodeo at Gund Arena (as it was then) some years before, but this was altogether different. We enjoyed listening to our neighbors in the grandstand talking about the participants (many of them local) and comparing the finer points of performances. One “best thing”: I’m not much of a photographer, but I tried a few shots with my then-new digital camera, and got a terrific picture of several horses entering the ring, manes flying, just enough blur to show motion.
    Thanks for reminding me of a wonderful trip and a great afternoon on opening day at the Cody, Wyoming regional rodeo!


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