Stunning images Edward! The speed, sound, splash, mud and excitement can really be felt.
Poor Chinese though. But I suppose, when you provoke the bulls with a Nikon rig, you only have yourself to blame ...
Thanks Eldar, it was a blast for sure, fortunately there were only 11 serious Photographers at the end of the Bull Run, what made it difficult was that often when the Riders were ditched the bulls would split apart, so it was always, run left, run right or stand still, the Chinese gentlemen made the wrong choice, with his gear as well.
However, given how I sometimes worry about my gear, shooting with expensive stuff like 1Dx & 200-400f/4, D4 & 800f/5.6... in Sumatran mud and water, with bulls running around... must be an adrenaline sport on its own
The Chinese gentlemen & I had the by far the most expensive rigs, it's amazing though just how fast you can pick up that gear (mine was on a tripod) & run like hell when you have about 2 tonne of Beef bearing down on you.
The most amazing part were the "Riders", each Guy would do about 5 or 6 Runs during the day, very fit & very brave.
Superb ! I love the subtle colours you're getting.
I started without a Polariser, midway through the day I was finding I had a load of difficulty with highlights blowing out on the water & where you had a Black Bull & a White one together the white Bull was blowing out, I dropped in the Circular polariser, cranked up the ISO to 1000 & kept the shutter speed @ 1/800th, it darkened the Images but helped a lot with bringing out the colours, just added +1.5 stops in Post to compensate for the lack of DR in the Canon Sensor.
The guy with the crushed D4 wouldn't have had that particular issue.