Cowboys and Cowgirls Revisited

A little over a year ago I posted on the blog about Cowboys and Cowgirls with a couple of nice photos.  To this day that posting has been the most popular in terms of daily hits!  There’s rarely a day goes by that there aren’t a number of clicks on that posting coming from web searches for cowboys and cowgirls.  This continues to surprise me but perhaps it shouldn’t.  After all, when I was a youngster in the 1950s, cowboy shows were as popular as reality shows are on TV today!  Additionally, we in this country seem to fondly embrace our wild west background.  Some of my photographer friends made the trip this weekend to the Buckin’ Ohio Rodeo but I was unable to go.  After seeing some of there photos however, I decided to revisit my photos and post a couple of new ones.

Rodeo cowgirl riding amidst a cloud of dust

If you follow my blog you know that I love black and white, or monochrome images, so I converted both of these since they seemed to have nice contrast.  Ladies first this time with a rodeo cowgirl riding just prior to the barrel racing competition amidst a cloud of dust. It was beginning to get dark so this shot was taken at ISO 8000 in order to get a shutter speed fast enough to freeze the action!

Fence sitting cowboy

The cowboy was sitting on the fence taking notes of keeping track of something on a clipboard.  Perhaps he was rating or scoring the cowboys during the bull riding competition, or perhaps he was rating the bulls!

I think I’ll try to make a trip later this summer to the Buckin’ Ohio Rodeo .  It’s great fun and full of photo opportunities!  It’s located in Burbank, OH, just about an hour south of the Cleveland area.

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 Revisited

  1. Both shots are very good and give a real tast of the events.


  2. WestEastern says:

    Thank you for sharing! I always forget how far rodeo has spread and that you can get such authentic, wonderful photos in Ohio!


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