May 13th, 2013
I shot my first rodeo this last weekend. This is one of my favorites from Saturday night.
Unfortunately, it was an indoor rodeo under overhead fluorescent lighting. Even with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, the 7D body I was using was maxed out ISO wise and keeping the shutter speed above 1/200 came down to what color the bull riders were wearing.
I understand that indoor arenas are an entirely different animal than outdoor rodeos. If I had been outdoor with the same lens/body set up and natural lighting, I wouldn't have had issues getting crisp images.
If I encounter these conditions again I was wondering about changing up my gear a bit. I know that off camera flash units are an option, but I am inexperienced with that gear set up. I watched a vet sports photographer shoot with a 1D body and a Sigma 120-300mm EX lens. I was thinking that perhaps swapping the 7D body for my 5D body, and changing the lens to something akin to a Sigma EX 120-300, and monopod of course, would be the better way to go? You sacrifice chances at the shot for better image quality...