Tuesday, July 26, 2011

California Rodeo Pictures Bronc Riding, Bull Riding - Inspirational Photos

Thank you for visiting this blog. These one of a kind digital photos have now been added in the Action Sports Gallery found on the link at http://www.inspirationalpics.com/.

The photographs below are a small sampling which represent some of the world's most renown Rodeo professionals. From the few hours and angles that I had for this shoot and the sunlight conditions, I hope that you enjoy these photos. One regret is that I do not have the names of the individuals represented in these action shots.

                                     Bareback Bronc Riding- Action Sports Gallery

Bareback Bronc Riding- After the initial jump out of the chute, the
cowboy aligns his spurs above the horse's shoulders, until the horse's feet hit the ground. If the rider fails, touches the horse, himself or his equipment with his free hand, he is disqualified. Dangerous, exciting, and the most physically demanding event at the Rodeo, this event always draws a good crowd and the coyboys are amazing to watch.

                                        Saddle Bronc Riding - Action Sports Gallery

Saddleback Bronc Riding- Like Bronc Riding the Saddleback Bronc Rider must follow strict guidelines to remain qualified. From the first jump out of the chute the cowboy's feet must touch the shoulders of the horse on the first jump which is referred as a "mark out." Failure to do so or "missing the mark" results in a no score mark and disqualification. Judges score on the horses bucking action, the rider's control over the horse and the spurring action. The goal is to remain on the bronc for eight seconds and score high.

                                 Saddle Back Bronc Riding- Action Sports Gallery

Bull Riders -  Like the bronc and saddleback bronc riders the bull rider must hang on with one hand only and the goal is the same at eight harowing seconds on the bull. If the rider's free hand touches either the bull or himself, the score is zero. Common scores are judged on the mere ability for the rider to stay on the bull and the cowboys are not required to "mark out."

The Unpredictable Bull is just that. No one out there in the arena is out of dangers way unless they are on the opposite side of the fence from the bull. The bull is powerful, massive, explosive, and can change directions in micro seconds. No bull has the same bucking patterns.

Steer Wrestling- Also referred to in rodeos as Bulldogging is a race against the clock for cowboys to compete against each other on time. Bulldoggers charge out of the chute on their horse with a hazer to keep the steer running straight without turning. The goal of the bulldogger or steer wrestler is to jump off the right side of the horse which is traveling about 30mph, wrap his right arm around the steer's right horn, all while holding the left horn with his left hand and bring down the steer. When the steer's four feet are pointing in the same direction and the animal is on it's side, the clock stops. This event is the quickest event in the rodeo and times are recorded in a matter of seconds.

We hope that you enjoyed these photos and the professionals and world class champions that are shown in these images. View more sports action and hi-resolution photography by visiting www.inspirationalpics.com


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beautiful HDR Photos Berlin and Munich Germany-

Thank you for visiting this blog. These one of a kind digital photos were recently taken in Berlin and Munich and then processed using HDR (high dynamic range) post editing techniques which can dramatically accentuate tone mapping and color saturation all depending on the scenery and blending of the lighting.

HDR photographs created in the final editing stages are best achieved by blending (in this case three images) with each image shot with varying exposure compensation settings (using auto exposure bracketing).  The constant was the aperature settings for each. Camera settings were adjusted manually for rapid succession of shots to include one underexposured frame and one overexposured frame with final editing of all three images in their HDR format to add the extra "sizzle and pop".

I hope you enjoy the photographs. The first hi-resolution HDR image, shown below is street corner scene taken in Berlin taken just before sunset.

Berlin, Germany- One of the most fascinating places I have visited and a beautiful place to photograph, Berlin Germany has much history and hidden secrets. This happens to be one of my favorite off the beaten path images.

                                            Soviet War Memorial - Berlin (Tiergarten)

Soviet War Memorial- Berlin, Germany- Erected in 1945 this park and memorial was dedicated to the fallen Soviet soldiers during World War II and is located at the 17 June Street very close to the German parliament - A bronze statue of a soviet soldier prominently positioned on top of the memorial wall which shares a resemblance to the Brandenburger Gate. The inscription on the side of this memorial reads, "ETERNAL GLORY TO HEROES WHO FELL IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST THE GERMAN FASCIST INVADERS FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE SOVIET UNION".  The memorial is maintained by the City of Berlin and a beautiful place to stop in an visit.

                                       Marienplatz - Munich Germany - Objects Gallery

Marienplatz represents the heart of Munich - The square, originally known as Schrannen was later renamed Marienplatz (St. Mary's Square) as a way to ask Virgin Mary to protect the town from a cholera epidemic. Included is the heavy tourist popular Marien tower and the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, where people gather in front of the New Town Hall to witness the ornate mechanical clock with 43 bells and 32 life-sized automaton figures. The Glockenspiel chimes at 11 a.m. every day (as well as 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. in summer). The Neues Rauthaus, which houses the glockenspiel, is a beautiful buliding that was built from 1867 until 1906, and survived the bombing in WWII.

                                       Victory Column- Berlin, Germany- Objects Gallery

Victory Column (Siegessäule)- Berlin, Germany- The Victory Column is a monumental structure located in the middle of Berlin's Tiergarten. The column is 226 feet tall and is crowned by a bronze statue of the goddess Victoria. Visitors can climb the 285 steps to a viewing platform at the top which has an observatory, offering great views of Berlin. Looking eastward, tourists can see the Reichstag, the Brandenburger Gate and the Fernsehturm. More below....

                                     View from the top Berlindomer- Berlin Objects Gallery

                               Mother with her Dead Son - Neue Wache, Berlin Objects Gallery

The interior of the Neue Wache, showing the Käthe Kollwitz sculpture Mother with her Dead Son and the oculus, which exposes the sculpture to the elements.

                                The Fernsehturm - TV Tower, Berlin Objects Gallery

 The Fernsehturm (German for television tower)- is the fourth tallest freestanding structure in Europe. The original total height of the tower was 365 metres (1,198 ft), but it rose to 368 metres (1,207 ft) after the installation of a new antenna in the 1990s.

                                                    Munich Germany- Objects Gallery

                                       View from the Berlindomer- Berlin, Germany

                                             Berlin, Germany- Objects Gallery

                                                    Berlin, Germany- Objects Gallery

                                                  Berlin, Germany - Objects Gallery

                                                   Berlin Germany- Objects Gallery

                                              Munich, Germany- Objects Gallery

                                               Munich, Germany- Objects Gallery

The below photos were taken with a Canon EOS 7D camera in Berlin, but with no HDR post editing techniques. Enjoy!

                                         Jewish Holocaust Museum- Berlin, Germany

                                                Germany Statue- Objects Gallery

                                               Germany Church- Objects Gallery

                                         Jewish Holocaust Museum- Berlin, Germany

End of HDR Photos- Berlin and Munich Germany

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This earlier posted Blog shows some sports action photography photos from the SAP open. Enjoy!!

Thank you for visiting my blog. May the 2011 year ahead be a special year for all of you. I wish you happiness, peace, joy and love. Don't forget your new years resolutions and spending time with your loved ones and those special to you. Here below are some more action sports shots- Tennis.

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Gael Monfils - SAP Open Feb 2011

Gael Monfils (FRA), ranked #12 in the world, is an amazing professional tennis player and athlete. The below images are an example of the level of energy and effort you might expect to see when watching him perform as captured in this and other fast action photographs at the SAP Open on Thursday night in his singles match vs Robert Kendrick (USA). Gael when on to win the high energy match. I hope that I have more chances to see Gael perform again.

Gael Monfils (FRA)- Feb 10th 2011 vs Robert Kendrick (USA)

Unfortunately, Monfils withdrew from the SAP tournament after advancing to the quarter-finals after injuring his left wrist and being unable to play. Milos Raonic (CAN) went on to win the the SAP Tennis Open by defeating the defending champion Fernando Verdasco in the final.

Gael Monfils (FRA)- Feb 10th 2011 vs Robert Kendrick (USA)

Robert Kendrick (USA) playing against Gael Monfils (FRA) - SAP Open Feb 2011

Robert Kendrick caught in action with the camera at the SAP Open Thursday night vs Gael Monfils in San Jose, CA.

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