Need some help with a few Rodeo shots I took.

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  1. Dominantly

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    So i have some shots I took at a local rodeo and I was wondering how they could be improved, and what I could do next time to get better success.
    I was shooting at the opposite end of the arena and at that about 5ft back from the gate, shooting through the posts; it was a PIA.
    Here is the first one I took of some break away. I went B/W on it because of all the colors that were distracting in the background of the original image.
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    Here is one with a whole lot of distraction, Just don't know how to fix it other then change the color (or getting a better lense), any ideas?
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    Shallower dof would do it.
     
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    quick edit (needs to be cropped better but meh)

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    Number 1: Either do full B&W or put the color back in. The selective color here doesn't work.

    Number 2: Tighter crop to pull the rider in midair more into the view. It gets lost now in the background crowd.

    Number 3: Nothing special.

    You're saturating your color too much on all of them. It looks unnatural.

    Rodeo is easy to shoot during the day. Just use a long lens, get high on it and get close. I think you were a little too far away from the action or weren't using long enough glass.

    My two cents...
     
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    I hope you don't mind the edits. But here's a couple of ideas.

    1. Maybe going with a sepia tone. Blurred the background a bit.
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    2. Tried to desaturate the colours a bit. Blurred the background a little. And a slight glamour glow.
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    wow... Thanks alot, I really like that twist on it.
     
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    That sepia one is great!!!!
     
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    Nice edit to sepia. Looks rodeo-ie.
     
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    I really like that sepia...
     
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    I really like what mike did with them. and Here's What i did with them. idk if they look that much better but i guess thats up to yall. lol

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    arg, im curious now. lol i hope ive improved them somewhat!
     
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    Mickmicki's edits came out and gave me an idea...

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    Isolated the rider and horse from the background and ran the BG through the High Pass filter (2pix radius, faded to 25%) to mute the background while still preserving the rider and horse with those really great colors.
     
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    Nice, I like it alot.
     

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