Calgary Stampede:: The Race
Some of you may be thinking that I am abandoning this blog in favour of my Tumblr blog. Not true. This blog is going to transition to more of a place for words.. and my Photo Blog on Tumblr will be strictly for photos. I quit using 500px & Flickr and need a place to display photos that i want out there, but because of that volume I don't want some good info to get lost on here. Whew.. make sense? No? Alright.. I'll write reviews, rants and photo stories on here and just put photos on there.
I am a born & raised Calgarian. I was born on parade day 30 years ago and have loved everything about the Calgary Stampede ever since. This year I bought tickets to the Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand show and brought along my Fuji X-Pro1 & X100s. And once again they have forced me to slow down and think.
This photo is of the start to a race where all 4 chuckwagons but round two barrels prior to racing around the track. This was the last heat of the evening and I had been trying to time this photograph for the last 4 heats without success. I dragged the shutter speed and held the camera as still as possible and I think I nailed what I was trying to do.
There are little stories throughout this photo: The speed of all the competitors... the destroyed barrel #2.. the very still outrider on the far right.. the #3 wagon with two wheels off the ground.. the crowd.. the mud slick of a track.. it has everything that this race was.