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Rodeo Sizzle

Updated: Sep 2, 2019




I spent three days shooting rodeo over the July 4th week, at the Home of Champions Rodeo in Red Lodge, Montana. The first two days I shot video, the last day I only shot stills. This is the first video I’ve ever shot. I started using Adobe’s Premier Pro about three weeks ago. The learning curve has been steep. It’s been a good challenge. One that’s been a long time coming. I always figured I’d slowing work my way into the world of motion, but I’ve always been one to jump in and learn on the go. I do love the pressure.


I’ve been shooting with one version or anther of the 600mm f4 for a good 35 years now. I started with Nikon’s back in 1984 or ’85. It was manual focus and retailed for $2,700. I’m not sure what that translates into today’s dollars. The six has always been a costly piece of glass, even before they came with autofocus and image stabilization. I migrated to Canon, then back to Nikon and now Sony. All to say, I’m comfortable shooting with this focal length. Comfortable shooting sports in general. Shooting motion, not so much.


My goal was to see what I could do with the camera/lens combo. I’ve got a project coming up where they might prove useful.





In short, I ran into a couple of problems. I’d put most of the blame on my inexperience. I worked the cameras hard, as you can see. The rain alone was enough to shut down a lesser system. Overall, they did really well. Sony is on the cutting edge of this kind of stuff (in my opinion).

Here’s an extended version of the shoot with added commentary and a some helpful hints on how to get the most out of a 600 f4.

The sizzle reel was the third time that I’d ever used Adobe’s Premier Pro. The commentary track (directly above) was the second. Like I said, I’m learning as I go.


The video was shot at 120 fps at 1/250 of a second, btw.


I hope you enjoy the videos and they’re helpful as a learning tool.

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