8 Second ride is what it takes to win. This cowboy made it! Professional rodeo cowboys, like this one, make their living at rodeo. It’s a tough life and for most of them only lasts a handful of years.

12/02/13 3637 views 20 Features 30 Faves

Sonoita, AZ’s 94th Annual Rodeo had wonderful weather, a great crowd, and some exciting events. I’m amazed that I actually captured a few of them. Burst photography is the way to go. OK, so I can’t leave well enough alone. Found radial blur in PS Elements 7 and thought it was perfect for this image. Then added a couple of texture layers underneath that and voila. Quarter horse.

Taken Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-18

Top Ten in A Man and his Horse Challenge, The Addicted Photographer 6/17/11
Top Ten in Cowboys Challenge, Photographer’s Challenge Group 12/16/10
Top Ten in Avatar Challenge, Equine Atheletes 6/3/10
Second Place in Cows, Horses and Cowboys Challenge, Photography Challenge Gp 08/01/10
Top Ten in Tough Jobs Challenge, Mood and Ambiance 12/14/109
Top Ten in Winning Challenge, That’s Entertainment Group 9/27/09
Second place in Avatar Challenge, Horse and Rider 9/20/09

Featured in Country Bumpkin 6/9/11
Featured in The Human Condition 6/7/11
Featured in Photography Challenge 12/17/10
Featured in Country Bumpkin 7/17/10
Featured in Superbly Visual 5/25/10
Featured in Cowboy/Cowgirl Art 5/17/10
Featured in Quarter Horses 2/26/10
Featured in All About Rodeos 01/09/10
Featured in Photography Challenge Group 01/00/10
Featured in Equine Athletes 12/05/09
Featured in Rising Stars 9/30/09
Featured in Visual Artists of Green Valley 9/28/09
Featured in That’s Entertainment 9/27/09
Featured in Point and Shooters 9/26/09


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After being widowed, I needed to find something new to occupy my mind. I chose photography. That turned into an obsession, compounded by my love of the artistic license provided by Photoshop and the many other artful programs that help us explore all the facets of turning a photo into art.

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  • Linda Gregory
    Linda Gregoryover 4 years ago

    Well done, Linda!

  • Thanks. think I’ll experiment with removing the pickup rider.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Linda Gregory
    Linda Gregoryover 4 years ago

    Be sure you do it on a separate layer. It will be very challenging.

  • Yep

    – Linda Sparks

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaover 4 years ago

    I SEE SPARKS FLYING!!!! Excellent capture & enhancement, dear Linda! Cheers to you!

    Smiles Leilan :o)

  • Thanks, and thanks for the fav. As you can see, I successfully removed the pickup rider. This is a great effect, but one to use judiciously.

    – Linda Sparks

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaover 4 years ago

    I see!!! Tremendous work, then truly!!!

    Leilani :o)

  • Linda Gregory
    Linda Gregoryover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on second place in the top 10 avatar challenge. Very well deserved!

  • Ah well, better to be a bridesmaid that not to be invited to the wedding. Thanks

    – Linda Sparks

  • i l d i    l a z a r
    i l d i l a...over 4 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • Thanks so much.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Jen Millard
    Jen Millardover 4 years ago

    Congrats on being Featured in the Point and Shooters Group!!!

  • Thanks so much. Always an honor.

    – Linda Sparks

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeover 4 years ago

    great action capture and love the effects. well done and congrats on the feature

  • Thanks so much. I love the effect, too, but think it could get overused.

    – Linda Sparks

  • R. Mike Jacobson
    R. Mike Jacobsonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful photo and great post processing. Congratulations on the “Feature”.

  • Thanks so much. glad you liked it.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Tracy DeVore
    Tracy DeVoreover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your THIRD PLACE FINISH and FEATURE in the ’That’s Entertainment’ group’s Winning challenge! ☺

  • Thanks so much. Doing it was a kick, and the placement and feature were icing.

    – Linda Sparks

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