Nikon D5 ISO 64000 bails me out with a Rodeo

Cowgirl ropes calf the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo at Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA. [Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 Sport, ISO 64000, ƒ/2.8, 1/3200]
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I went to the local Rodeo just a few miles from my house. The Rodeo started at 8:00 pm under a covered arena. By the time the cowgirls were roping calfs it was a little after 9:00 pm and after sunset.

The few sodium lights there were just were not all that bright. Not for sports.

Cowboys competing in the team roping during the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo at Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA. [Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 Sport, ISO 64000, ƒ/2.8, 1/3200]
My go to settings for sports on my Nikon D5 are:

– Auto ISO with high set to 64000
– Shutter speed 1/4000
– Aperture wide open

The camera peaked out and dropped the shutter speed right away to 1/3200.

Cowgirls competing in the barrel racing during the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo at Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA. [Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 Sport, ISO 64000, ƒ/2.8, 1/2500]
Soon I was shooting at 1/2500 at ISO 64000. Now I noticed a lot of people there with there cameras early on, but as the night progressed I think most of those cameras just couldn’t get anything in the low light, but my Nikon D5 was delivering.

Cowgirls competing in the barrel racing during the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo at Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA. [Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 Sport, ISO 64000, ƒ/2.8, 1/2500]
Now I think you can see from the two frames of cowgirls going around the same barrel how the color is different. This is due to the Sodium Vapor lights that are cycling. Depending on when you catch them the color will shift. Often there is a streak through the image of a color shift and slight exposure difference as well.

Cowboy compete’s in the Bull Riding event during the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo at Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA. [Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 Sport + 1.4X, ISO 64000, ƒ/4, 1/800]
I didn’t get to the rodeo early enough for picking a prime location to shoot from. I did manage to finally get a spot on the very top of the stands, but when the bull riders came on they were a little ways away. I put the 1.4X converter on and lost another stop of light. I was now shooting with aperture of ƒ/4 instead of the ƒ/2.8 from without the converter. Also that part of the even was when all the light was gone from outside the arena and dropped my shutter speed to 1/800.

Cowboy compete’s in the Bull Riding event during the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo at Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA. [Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 Sport + 1.4X, ISO 64000, ƒ/4, 1/800]
I continue to get asked if the Nikon D5 was worth the purchase. This is a great example of photos that I would not have gotten with my Nikon D4.

The photos from the darkest part of the event, bull riding, look better than my ISO 800 images from just a couple years ago with my Nikon D2Xs.

The color to me is better than Kodachrome could have delivered.

This is my gear that I used for covering the rodeo.

 

Little Cowboy enjoys the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo at Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA. [Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4, ISO 640, ƒ/1.8, 1/160]
Now for this last shot that I got when I first arrived at the rodeo of the little cowboy I used my Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4. I love the shot so much and just had to share it with you even tho the ISO 640 was used for this photo.

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