1 - So... I went to the rodeo intending to take photos again this year.
Signs posted - No photography [or videography] allowed of rodeo.
Contacted rodeo company.... they were surprised no photos allowed at venue.
They are looking into why photography was not allowed at the venue.... so hopefully more rodeo photos next year. I offered to send them my rodeo photos from last year... they said they'd love to see them and will give me credit if they use any.
Side Note: It was really muddy... still cool - but muddy! Some of the competitions seemed extra challenging - and shorter... like maybe some folks chose not to compete because of the conditions. But was still WAY cool! I love the rodeo!
Very much enjoyed the rodeo with my family.
2 - And then... I took my kayak photo rig down the Fox river for the first time.
Missed a few shots.
Got some 'ok' shots. Need to get better at handling/stabilizing the monster 150-450 in the kayak. Need to get faster at camera settings on the new camera bodies. It'll come - patience, grasshopper.
Got myself tied up in felled tree in river because I was clicking photos of Great Blue Heron [River Run Shot 5 below] and not paying attention... literally slammed into tree - kayak, cameras, me... it's on GoPro video which I'll process hopefully later today... but missed shots of Blue Heron flying off said tree as I slammed into it - but I am sure I heard him laughing hysterically... which I full well deserved. I laughed, too. ;)
Side Note: Fox river is very cool to kayak AND shoot [HUGE shout out to my wife for finding it, scoping out the run, and setting us up to go.] - lots of islands and wildlife... Nice and wide... Nice and quiet... beautiful river and beautiful river run from Yorkville to Silver Springs... my wife and I are going to try starting at Silver Springs and going south from there later this month.
Additional Side Note: Learning which of my lenses love my new camera bodies and what the trade offs are for other lenses. Learning how each pairing performs in various scenarios. Some shots I need/want tack sharp and some shots I need/want maybe some extra reach so some grain is the acceptable trade off. This has been a learning curve for me with any new camera body or lens so I have learned to enjoy the discovery.
Very much enjoyed exploring the new river run with my family.
3 - Finally... I went in the backyard and spent a little quiet time in our gardens.
Took a few garden shots.
Practiced managing the 150-450.
Liked the shots.
Very much enjoyed my little quiet time.