Bucking Broncos, Rank Bulls — Tips on Taking Photos at a Rodeo

Photography is tool that can have many different functions and results. From creating a new work of art to capturing memories and inspiring moments, like Lacey Ankenman mentioned in her interview, photography will always be a go-to creative tool for me. It is the capturing of the memorable that I strive for, even in sports (such as rodeo) that may seem at first glance rather far away from design. :)

Rodeo is a fast and intense sport that can be a little difficult to photograph sometimes, especially if you are in the stands and still want to enjoy the rodeo while getting some interesting photos!

I was at a smaller rodeo a few weeks ago in which I was able to get a close seat that gave me a good photographic vantage point as well as let me enjoy the show. :) Here are some tips from my experience!

1.) It’s gonna be dusty!

  • Do not expect to change your lens, whether you are in an indoor or outdoor arena (although outdoor arenas are definitely more forgiving due to more air movement.) Lots of dust gets kicked up from the activity in the arena. I didn’t expect the amount of dust that settled on my lens by the time the rodeo was over!

2.) Use a lens that will allow as much light as possible.

  • This means a lens that allows you to go down to a low f/stop like f/1.4 or 1.8. The lower the f/stop the better for low-light conditions. I just got a 50mm lens that goes down to 1.4. Even with such a low f/stop, in order to get a high enough shutter speed to freeze the action without a flash, I had to go to ISO 400-800 which does start to be rather noisy, at least in my camera. Still, I was super glad I had my lens and was happy with the results. :)

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Creative Showcase: Graphic Design Student Katrina Whiteman

I’m very happy to introduce another design student from my program to you!

Katrina is a talented designer and fine artist with a knack for bringing the two worlds of design and art together with compelling and beautiful results! Her drawing skills always make me want to get out my pencil and start sketching. And I won’t start on the beautiful photographs she takes, though this post doesn’t show too many of her photos. Guess I might have to do a follow up post! ;)

I’ll let Katrina do the rest of the introductions. Thanks for being on the blog, Katrina!

 Katrina Whiteman

Could you introduce yourself and tell us how you became interested in design?

My name is Katrina Whiteman. I am an Alberta native, having grown up in the Edmonton and surrounding area. I have just recently taken a specific interest in the area of design. The visual arts have always been an extremely important part of my life, from the small crafts in Kindergarten to finally receiving a piece of plywood, and having the opportunity to create my first woodcut in University. Drawing is also something I am incredibly passionate about, having started drawing as an innocent hobby, to now pursuing it more fervently through school.

drawing copyright 2013 Katrina Whiteman

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Creative Showcase Photographer Marie Skerl

Well, if you haven’t noticed yet, I adore photography! And one of the things that gets me excited about photography is finding great photographers whose work I can linger over and get inspiration from! Marie Skerl, my next guest on this blog, is one of those photographers!

One of my favourite things about Marie’s work is how beautifully she handles light and also the creative touch she has in posing her portraits. Where is my notepad… ;)

Marie, thank you so much for being on the blog!

Make sure you check out Marie’s website and blog for more photography goodness! :) You can also connect with Marie on facebook, twitter, and pinterest!


Could you introduce yourself and tell us how you became interested in photography?

Of course! My name is Marie Skerl and I am a photographer. In high school, I was always the girl taking photos of everyone and everything; I think I may have drove my friends a little nuts haha. I just loved the idea of documenting memories, and I got the best feeling when a shot turned out really well. I got my first DSLR in grade 12 when taking a photography class and really started my photography journey there.

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Creative Showcase Photographer Melanie Neilson

Today I have the honour of hosting Melanie Neilson, a woman I greatly admire both in her life and her photography. I have missed Mel while she is on her adventure with her husband in New Zealand, but it has been great seeing a different slice of the world through Mel’s beautiful photography!

Thanks for letting me feature you, Mel! :)

You can check out more of Mel’s photos on her photography blog.

Could you introduce yourself and tell us how you became interested in photography?

Hello! My name is Melanie Neilson, and I am a Canadian-born photographer currently living in Auckland, New Zealand.
I’ve always been a creative person and enjoyed taking photos from a very young age, so it was just a natural progression for me to start taking photography more seriously. As an artist, there have been many mediums that I have used as creative outlets in the past; photography seems to be the one that is rising to the forefront in my life at the moment.

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Creative Showcase Photographer Jamie Delaine

I always enjoy reading the blog posts of Jamie Delaine. She is so authentic in her writing and her posts are always filled with great advice, thoughtful stories, and ah-mazing photos!

Jamie has many helpful posts directed towards photographers so be sure to check out her blog if you are a photographer/aspiring photographer!

Be sure to check out more of Jamie’s work on her website! You can also visit Jamie on twitter, facebook, and pinterest!


Could you introduce yourself and tell us how you became interested in photography?

My name is Jamie Delaine and my interest in photography started at 16! You can read my full story here: http://jamiedelaineblog.com/post/10633/faq-getting-started/

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Creative Showcase Graphic Design Student Rachel Denholm

One thing that I really enjoy about going to school for design is seeing all the awesome (and very different from my own) approaches to design by my classmates and fellow designers. Rachel is a great example of this in how she can combine collage, illustration and beautiful typography into crazy awesome and original designs!

I always enjoy seeing Rachel’s new projects and hearing her honest opinions about her own work and others — she always inspires me to be totally honest and objective when looking at my own work!

Thanks for letting me interview you, Rachel! :)

Could you introduce yourself and tell us how you became interested in design?

I’m a third year design student living in Edmonton, Alberta. I think my interest in design is something that evolved from always being into drawing and fine arts and also being a very organized, analytical person. I could say I have always been into design, but it wasn’t until I was applying to university that the concept of visual communication design was actually introduced to me.

In high school I used to copy my notes over by hand again and again because I enjoyed the physical act of writing and creating the letterforms; in hindsight, I can easily understand this as being because of my interest in typography, but at the time I didn’t really know why I liked doing it.

So being introduced to graphic design as a concept wasn’t so much of an introduction as it was a ‘diagnosis’ in that it gave a name to interests that I previously hadn’t been able to place.

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Creative Showcase: Graphic Designer and Illustrator Anika Starmer

Next in this creative showcase series is graphic designer, Anika Starmer! I have gotten to know Anika a bit over Twitter. She has always been very gracious and fun in our conversations and her art is amazing! You need to check that out as well at her blog and visit her on her Twitter to get to know her yourself!

Could you introduce yourself and tell us how you became interested in art and design?

My name is Anika Starmer. I live in Maryland and am a freelance graphic and web designer, aspiring illustrator and artist. Because I work from home, I get to hang out with my dachshunds, Otto and Kasi, all day which is a great perk! I’ve been creative since I can remember, and even when I was in high school, I always had a sketchbook going. I didn’t actually take an art class until I was in college, and that was just for fun while I was “figuring out what I really wanted to do”.

The first art classes I enrolled in were drawing, color theory, and a course called “computer graphics”. They were all a lot of fun, but I didn’t consider them as a path to a career, and it took me several years to zero in on graphic design as my major. I was interested in a lot of different subjects, and some of my many majors included Architecture, Computer Science, and Journalism.

It was after I decided Journalism wasn’t for me that I went on a tour of the Graphic Design department at UMBC. I was impressed by what they had to offer and knew I wanted to apply. They had a pretty rigorous application process, but I happily was accepted. In a lot of ways, even at that point, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but as I took my first GD courses, I discovered that I really liked it!

So to answer your initial question: it really wasn’t until I was in school and taking graphic design classes that my love of design grew, and it’s been with me ever since!

I had a chance to do this poster a few years ago but it’s still one of my favorites because I really had a lot of creative freedom. This was one of the first times I used hand created lettering as part of a design.

What education do you have in design and what was the most valuable experience you have taken away from it?

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kristen daisy Fashion Viewbook

I like fashion. It’s another form of art, really. And it is a type of design! This is why I chose to combine three of my favourite things: fashion, photography, design and bookmaking (oops, that’s four things!) for one of my final projects last year. I know, I know, I’m slow in posting it. ;)

I created a fashion company, kristen daisy, and the brand statement for it then designed the logo and corresponding visual identity for the company. Then I applied that visual system to the photos of the spring clothing collection (that I took) as well as the physical form of the book. You may remember my model from previous sessions with her, here and here. What can I say, she is a fabulous model!

From the hand sewn details to the photography to letter pressed back cover, this lookbook was a great learning experience and very fun! Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I actually get to do this for school!

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Creative Showcase Industrial Design Student Stephanie Hsu

I’m super excited to feature the work of another student in my design program! Stephanie is such an amazing designer with great attention for the small, yet crucial details that set a project apart. Every time I see a new project from Stephanie, I am amazed at the quality, attention to detail and creativity that is in each one! She is such a sweet soul with an evident passion for design.

Thanks for being on the blog, Stephanie!

Make sure to visit Stephanie on Twitter for thoughts and updates from her!

Could you introduce yourself and tell us how you became interested in design?

My name is Stephanie and I am in industrial design at the University of Alberta. I’ve always loved art and took art lessons when I was younger. It wasn’t until I was about to apply for university did I realize that art/design might be something I would want to pursue as a career. When I first applied for university, I was set on going into business because I did not think that the design program would accept me. But I was accepted and now design has become my life!

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Creative Showcase: Graphic Designer Lacey Ankenman

I’m so honoured to feature Lacey Ankenman on the blog today! I stumbled across her website by accident several months ago, but I bookmarked it and went back to it several times! I like the diversity in Lacey’s portfolio from whimsical line drawings in a wedding invitation to great typography and effective branding on a business card or brochure.

You can see more of Lacey’s work on her website or check out her Twitter for more thoughts and musings from Lacey.

Could you introduce yourself and how you became interested in design?

I’m Lacey Ankenman, an Oklahoma native now living in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

It was my high school English teacher, Mrs. Stephens, who first got me interested in design. For our senior project, we had to compile the essays we had written throughout the year in a 3-ring binder and give it some sort of theme. I made mine a magazine instead.I researched layout design, read through lots of different magazines, and used my mom’s Macromedia suite to put it all together. I threw my heart and soul into that for a few weeks and loved it so much that I thought I would give it a shot in college. And it worked out.

What education do you have in design and what was the most valuable experience you took away from it?

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