This rodeo had everything I was looking for: great light, dirt and danger, and a relaxed attitude about where I could go to shoot photos.

It was the first time the Monterey County Fair had ever featured a rodeo. This was a much smaller affair than the 100th California Rodeo Salinas, which I covered in July. And while I love shooting the Salinas rodeo, things can get a little formal there. In Salinas I couldn’t, for example, just climb onto the chutes and stick my camera a few inches from a bull’s nose — which wasn’t much of a problem in Monterey. It’s the same kind of reason that many pro photographers like shooting little league games after years of major league — it’s refreshingly open.

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