Matt: Fear & Loathing & Rodeo 2011

In about a month, I will be heading to Las Vegas to cover the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. For 10 days, which in Vegas time is about six weeks. I took an assignment for the Ferndale Enterprise to shoot Ferndale native and #2-ranked steer wrestler Billy Bugenig as he tries to overtake Dean Gorsuch and hold off the rest of the 15-man field for the world title, the gold buckle, and a pile of cash.

I’ll also be shooting the other events, the behind the scenes action, and probably a good bit of the guys at their bar of choice each night.

I’m going to do a running diary here at Big Lens Fast Shutter with a picture of the day, (the pictures I make of Billy and his family will be held until they are published in the Enterprise) and maybe a brief recap of my daily adventures in Sin City with a bunch of cowboys and cowgirls. If there’s anything you want to see or hear about in these daily reports, I’m open to any suggestions, just leave them in the comments.

In the mean time, check out my pictures of the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers here.

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4 thoughts on “Matt: Fear & Loathing & Rodeo 2011

  1. I would definately be interested in learning about how you decide what to shoot each day, especially because this doesn’t sound like a straight up sports shoot. Maybe an idea of what your options were, either for location or subject, and how you narrowed it down. This sounds like a really exciting opportunity.

  2. what John said…also, the landscape outside of Vegas is pretty amazing…would be nice if you (and a few cowboys and cowgirls) get to explore a bit. Are you going to have a minute of down time????

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