On Saturday July 24th we took a trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards for the National Day of the American Cowboy. There was a crowd of about 8000 people who attended the festivities of the day that included a watermelon eating contest, a “Most worn out boots” contest, and a ribbon cutting for the new Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.
The atmosphere of the event was quite fun and took the opportunity to take the camera and play with getting some “different” kinds of photos. The long horned cattle are very impressive, local flair (costumed characters) along with all the overall setting of the Stockyards was too much for us to pass up. If you schedule a visit to the Stockyards, you might also find “The Duke” riding around on a beautiful light bay horse, or you might find yourself in the middle of a gun fight.
We had a great time and will certainly be visiting the Stockyards again. Here is a sampling of photos that we took (click on the photo to see a larger view).
All of these photos were shot with a Canon 5D and a EF 24 – 105mm f4 IS lens (no flash). One of our favorite shots was taking the photos near the train from a very low angle (shoe top). While We didn’t get on the ground, it is fun to play with taking a photo from an unusual angle and seeing what you come up with (which is often quite stunning).
Thanks for stopping by,
The NickerTown Staff