Brian Schwiening, shown here during his weekly team roping practice session, was one of the people instrumental in the development of the Dripping Springs Ranch Park, a great new facility in the town which is now home to many rodeos, the Hays County Livestock Show and a large selection of other local events.
I shot this image for InSight Dripping Springs magazine last October. It’s not the same frame as the editor used but I prefer it because you can actually see part of Brian’s face in this shot. This was a particularly tricky shoot. It was organised at very short notice and had to be done at night, outdoors under mercury vapour lighting. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting an arena lit by mercury lamps, you’ll understand my frustration – not only do they dim and brighten with the AC frequency, the colour temperature also seems to swing from orange to green with each cycle. Shoot a burst and you tend to find you have a couple of dark frames, some green ones and and some orange ones. If you’re lucky, the best composition coincides with one of the non-dark frames 🙂
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