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It’s that time of year here in Calgary. The self-proclaimed ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’, The Calgary Stampede, is tearing up the city this week. For some, it’s a week of actual stampeding…bull riding, chuckwagon racing, steer wrestling, etc. But for most of the city it’s an excuse to dress like a cowboy for 10 days and drink your face off as often as possible. I try to stay away from either extreme, and if I could, I’d be away on vacation every year during this time. I’ve been in this city for over 25 years and I enjoyed the Stampede for a good number of them…but now I’m just sick of it all. So, since I’m still in the city for it this year, I figured I’d do Stampede my way: with a camera and a tripod 🙂

I made my way down to the grounds two nights ago, did a bit of candid shooting before the sun went down and then pulled out the tripod for a few long exposures of the midway. I was battling rain after sunset, so I didn’t get as many shots as I’d have liked, but I’m satisfied with the few I did get.

Dave DiCello - July 14, 2011 - 7:21 am

What a classic shot man, I love those colors! Nice sharp focus on the center too, really well executed!

Chris Nitz - July 14, 2011 - 7:24 am

I’m glad you stuck around for this, even if you are immensely sick of it 😉 Loving the colors and perfect circles.

Brian Furbush - July 14, 2011 - 7:25 am

Dude this is sweet – such an iconic fair shot at night. The pop of blue on the middle part of the support is also awesome – really well done!

Hansrico - July 14, 2011 - 7:29 am

Nice capture! I’ve always wanted to get a shot like this. I guess I’ll have to make it out to the county fair this year. Well done!

Pat OBrien - July 14, 2011 - 7:40 am

Love this perspective

Brian Matiash - July 14, 2011 - 7:44 am

Love the ‘fun’ vibe I get from this shot. Greap positioning in the frame. Motion blur is perfect, too.

Scott Ackerman - July 14, 2011 - 7:47 am

Stellar work man. Love the sharpness of the frame against all that motion.

Richard (oldhickory49) - July 14, 2011 - 8:00 am

Stunning image. I’m amazed by how sharp the logo is in the center of the wheel. Great job on the composition too.

Chris Frailey - July 14, 2011 - 8:25 am

Crazy colors dude.

Rich Williams - July 14, 2011 - 8:28 am

You spin me round like a record, baby. 🙂

Fun shot, Heath!

Jesse Pafundi - July 14, 2011 - 8:47 am

Damn dude this is incredible! This shot really shows off your vision and versatility as a photographer. You constantly push yourself into new territory and never disappoint.

Curt Fleenor - July 14, 2011 - 8:54 am

Nice one Heath! I think most places have some kind of event that makes the local cringe one a year! I know we do!

Tanya - July 14, 2011 - 9:46 am


Tanya - July 14, 2011 - 9:48 am

ARGH! Having issues commenting today!
Wicked shot!

A.Barlow - July 14, 2011 - 10:56 am

Nice shot man! Makes me wish the fair was open here already. Only a few more days…

Eden - July 14, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Very cool 🙂

Jim Denham - July 14, 2011 - 6:36 pm

Like the crop on this one Heath! Colors are awesome, too!

Carlos - July 14, 2011 - 6:59 pm

Awesome shot.

Dave Wilson - July 15, 2011 - 5:35 am

Heath – great minds think alike! I was going to post a link to an identical shot I have from this year’s Austin Rodeo carnival but it seems I haven’t posted it so I’ll add it to the queue for this week.

I hope we can look forward to more shots from the stampede later!

Kyle - July 16, 2011 - 3:04 pm

Love this pic man, looks awesome.