Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe 6/16/2012 9:00:44 PM

I had to fix a little thing.

Mary Dimitriw

Wow Heather outstanding stop action!! Doesn't look like a first to me. Well done!

6/16/2012 7:22:59 PM

Madeline S. Friedman

This is beautiful. I love the color. Great shot!

6/16/2012 8:46:36 PM #1469531

Joannie Bertucci level-deluxe 6/16/2012 9:07:57 PM

Dang Heather, in Texas we call these chariot races! :-) He is no Ben Hur but your composition and stop action make him and the horses look magnificent! Very powerful! #10183333

Sara B Coffey level-deluxe 6/16/2012 9:15:58 PM

Heather this is fabulous! I love the action, & excitement of this image! Even the dust cloud made for a perfect background! An extraordinary shot! This will be a winner I just know it!
Sara :)

Sara B Coffey level-deluxe 6/16/2012 9:17:05 PM

Heather this is fabulous! I love the action, & excitement of this image! Even the dust cloud made for a perfect background! An extraordinary shot! This will be a winner I just know it!
Sara :) A favorite for me!!!

Ann Coates level-deluxe 6/16/2012 10:38:26 PM

Wow, brilliant shot. I bet we see this again. I hope so. #10183388

Tiia Vissak 6/17/2012 12:07:09 AM

A wonderful action image! Gold is coming! #10183437

Avril Young 6/17/2012 3:09:16 AM

wow!!! if this is your first...what are the next ones going to be like ;)
outstanding photography well done...a winner indeed! #10183498

Jack Gaskin 6/17/2012 4:08:08 AM


FANTASTIC CAPTURE right to the Favorites

Jack #10183552

David M. Montero 6/17/2012 12:04:09 PM

Wonderful action shot Heather!!! #10183932

Lindley Johnson level-deluxe 6/17/2012 1:56:14 PM

Fantastic action shot, Heather! You captured the power of the horses beautifully. #10184037

Carol L. Fowler 6/17/2012 5:34:49 PM

Gorgeous! I hope to attend some rodeos this year! #10184253

Tammy Espino 6/17/2012 7:27:29 PM

Aren't rodeo's such fun?! :) Excellent action capture!!! #10184417

Anthony G. Comella 6/17/2012 8:14:09 PM

Superb, Heather you captured the moment perfectly!! #10184498

Jeffrey R. Bange 6/17/2012 8:20:43 PM

Absolutely stunning capture Heather, you sure make it difficult for the rest of us. What lens and settings did you use when you took this fantastic shot, a definite favorite in my books. #10184515

Emile Abbott level-deluxe 6/18/2012 11:12:39 AM

I have been photographing Rodeos and Bull Rides for years. You have to anticipate the action and you sure nailed this spot on perfect. Excellent stop action for sure Heather. #10185316

Nancy L. Green level-deluxe 6/18/2012 12:03:57 PM

WOW WOW WOW!!!! this is one AWESOME image Heather, I bet you could feel the pounding, WTG!! <>< #10185379

frank w. degenhardt level-deluxe 6/18/2012 3:52:37 PM

A winner girl. This is absolutely stunning. I can't believe the amazing action, how clear the picture is, how sharp the details, and how beautiful the colors. This is photography at the masters level. Added as a favorite to enjoy over and over my dear friend. #10186160

Thomas E. Hinds level-deluxe 6/18/2012 5:55:32 PM

Fantastic action shot, Heather! Amazing detail! Those horses are beautifully captured! Wow! #10186620

Mary K. Robison level-deluxe 6/18/2012 11:30:35 PM

WOW, indeed, Heather!
I've been moving backward in sequence, so I've seen your comment above about its being your first time shooting a rodeo.
Looking at all three photos, I am as stunned as everyone else commenting on them. You've done a phenomenal job with your stop-action images.
Did you know the Calgary Stampede is celebrating its 100th Anniversary next month? (July 6-15.) I think it's Destiny/Opportunity knocking at your door! Grab your camera and a change of clothes --- you have Calgary's Tourist Bureau waiting to see your photos and hire you to work for them! #10187682

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe 6/18/2012 11:42:00 PM

Thanks Mary for your kind comments. Yes I did know it was the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. My son lives in Calgary so at least I would have a place to stay lol. Might have to consider that option. #10187719

Debbie Bray level-deluxe 6/18/2012 11:54:05 PM

Hello Heather!! WOWW!!! THIS IS STUNNING!! I'm sure it's next month's winner!!! ACTION PLUS!!! #10187746

Mike Clime level-deluxe 6/20/2012 10:55:56 AM

Fantastic action shot, Heather! Never been to a rodeo other than the ones we had on the farm. #10191767

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-deluxe 6/23/2012 6:52:05 PM

Outstanding colors, clarity and POV Heather, am so enjoying this series, excellent work!

jo ann c. #10197253

Mitch Spence level-deluxe 6/24/2012 9:41:36 AM

Well, for heaven's sakes, look at you. First time shooting at a rodeo and up you come with fantastic images. This is soooo powerful, Heather. I don't know how you managed your great perspective on this. I have just got to get myself to a rodeo. After we move. Know there are some around there. #10197795

Val Feldman level-deluxe 6/25/2012 5:14:09 PM

Super superb, Heather - remarkable stop action, great color, detail - a fantastic low pov, hooves and dust flying - heart-stopping-full-of-action capture! Absolutely perfect. If this doesn't make the Judges stand up, notice and applaud, I don't know what will! Kudos! #10200096

Carol Teal level-deluxe 7/22/2012 3:56:29 AM

A truly wonderful action shot. You can certainly "feel" the action! I can imagine the thudding hooves, the dirt flying, and the driver urging the horses onward! I have never been to a rodeo with a camera (I have only been to one rodeo that I can remember), but your images inspire me! I will have to go to the next one around here and try my hand at it! Not sure I can compete with your wonderful images though! #10239664

Phyllis H. Burchett level-deluxe 10/5/2012 6:26:58 PM

Awesome action shot Heather! #10357357

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe 10/29/2012 5:41:47 AM

Huge congrats and very best luck with your beautiful finalists, Heather!!! #10389790

Robert R. Goodman level-deluxe 10/29/2012 6:57:45 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist my friend!!! #10390100

Nancy L. Green level-deluxe 10/29/2012 8:32:34 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Heather, I LOVE this!! <>< #10390474

Lindley Johnson level-deluxe 10/29/2012 11:08:29 AM

So happy to see this as a finalist, Heather! It's an awesome action shot. #10391225

Phyllis H. Burchett level-deluxe 10/29/2012 11:18:20 AM

BIG congrats Heather! #10391298

Carol L. Fowler 10/29/2012 11:24:14 AM

Awesome Finalist! Congrats! #10391355

Emile Abbott level-deluxe 10/29/2012 2:26:34 PM

So So glad to see this one in the finalist column, Heather. #10392239

Sharon Sawyer level-deluxe 10/29/2012 2:26:43 PM

Fantastic Finalist, Heather!!! All the best in the next round! #10392240

Nikki McDonald level-deluxe 10/29/2012 2:51:46 PM

Wonderful, powerful capture, Heather. So glad it see it recognized. Congratulations on the finalist and good luck in the next round. #10392370

Marilyn Cornwell level-deluxe 10/29/2012 3:11:58 PM

What a wonderful image! Congratulations on your Finalist! #10392447

Terry Cervi level-deluxe 10/29/2012 5:14:09 PM

What an outstanding action shot, Heather!! Congrats on your well deserved finalist!! #10392979

Jeffrey R. Bange 10/29/2012 5:18:37 PM

Congratulations Heather on a very deserving finalist photo and best of luck in the next round. #10393000

Thomas E. Hinds 10/29/2012 5:28:16 PM

Such a very strong image! Congratulations, Heather, on this great Finalist! #10393037

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 10/29/2012 7:21:09 PM

Awesome action capture Heather! Congratulations! #10393389

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-deluxe 10/30/2012 2:54:57 AM

Awesome action indeed. Congratulations, Heather. #10393880

Tiia Vissak 10/30/2012 6:13:44 AM

Congratulations! #10394237

Cheryl Schneider 10/30/2012 6:25:51 AM

Lots and lots of action. Great image, Heather! Congratulations. #10394253

Leslie McLain level-deluxe 10/30/2012 10:05:27 AM

Congrats on an amazing finalist, Heather. #10394576

Monnie Ryan 10/30/2012 12:45:32 PM

Awesome capture, Heather - congratulations! #10394907

Kathryn Wesserling level-deluxe 10/30/2012 12:47:43 PM

It's sure a wild ride to the Gold! You sure found another niche for your talents - you did a great job at your first rodeo.

frank w. degenhardt level-deluxe 10/30/2012 1:08:53 PM

Unbelievable action so beautifully captured. Congratulations on the Second Place Win my friend. #10395009

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe 10/30/2012 1:16:08 PM

Congrats on your beautiful winner, Heather. #10395047

Tammy Espino level-deluxe 10/30/2012 2:15:29 PM

Congratulations on your gold win,Heather :) #10395220

Tiia Vissak level-deluxe 10/30/2012 2:40:34 PM

Congratulations! #10395311

Emile Abbott level-deluxe 10/30/2012 2:51:13 PM

Your first time out brings home the gold, Heather. I will take lessons from you my friend. Congratulations on this wonderful winner. #10395356

Phyllis H. Burchett level-deluxe 10/30/2012 3:24:33 PM

BIG congrats Heather!!! #10395502

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe 10/30/2012 3:48:26 PM

Thanks so much everyone. I just got home and checked my email to find a lovely gold medal. Doing the Happy Dance now. #10395602

Carol L. Fowler 10/30/2012 3:52:14 PM

Big Congrats on the win! #10395628

Lindley Johnson level-deluxe 10/30/2012 3:59:42 PM

Congratulations, Heather! This is a fantastic action image, and well deserving of the gold. #10395662

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 10/30/2012 4:00:03 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful winner Heather!! #10395663

Val Feldman level-deluxe 10/30/2012 4:10:48 PM

WTG, Heather! Fantastic action captured and what a fantastic capture it is!! Huge congrats on a superb Gold Win! #10395696

Linda D. Lester level-deluxe 10/30/2012 4:25:54 PM

Awesome...Congratulations! #10395752

Sharon Sawyer level-deluxe 10/30/2012 4:43:19 PM

Whoo Hooo! WTG, Heather! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding & well deserved Second Place Winner!!! #10395813

Thomas E. Hinds level-deluxe 10/30/2012 4:57:54 PM

Fantastic work, Heather, on this beautiful Winner! #10395856

Patti Coblentz level-deluxe 10/30/2012 5:08:43 PM

Awesome action capture, Heather! Big congrats on your superb winner! #10395880

Terry Cervi level-deluxe 10/30/2012 5:36:33 PM

Congrats on your fantastic win, Heather! #10395990

Robert R. Goodman level-deluxe 10/30/2012 5:38:31 PM

Hi Heather,big congratulations!!!!! #10395998

Rona L. Schwarz 10/30/2012 7:30:13 PM

WOW! This is fabulous, Heather! If this was your first rodeo, please go back for more! Congratulations on a wonderful Gold Winner! #10396223

Barbara Waldoch level-deluxe 10/30/2012 11:37:01 PM

Congratulations, so gorgeous! #10396543

Mike Clime 10/31/2012 1:36:10 AM

Congratulations, Heather! #10396636

Marilyn Cornwell level-deluxe 10/31/2012 4:08:22 AM

Congratulations on this Winner, Heather! #10396810

Julie Burnett level-deluxe 10/31/2012 5:30:26 AM

An incredible capture, Heather! Congratulations on this well deserved Gold winner!! #10396887

Nancy L. Green level-deluxe 10/31/2012 9:50:31 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Heather on your wonderful win, WTG!!! <>< #10397370

Joannie Bertucci level-deluxe 10/31/2012 9:56:55 AM

And they are coming around again, this time for a gold badge! :-) Congrats Heather! #10397391

JudyAnn Rector level-deluxe 10/31/2012 4:24:06 PM

Wow, Heather, an incredible image SO deserving of a win... CONGRATULATIONS! #10397976

Claudia Kuhn level-deluxe 10/31/2012 4:34:23 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful winner Heather #10398001

David Phalen 10/31/2012 5:39:37 PM

BIG Congrats on a fantastic Winner!! #10398121

Jeffrey R. Bange 10/31/2012 8:21:59 PM

Congratulations Heather on your second place win, in my opinion it should have gotten first place. #10398318

Cheryl Schneider 11/1/2012 3:30:30 AM

Congratulations, Heather! #10398670

Mary Dimitriw level-deluxe 11/3/2012 5:47:31 AM

Congrats on your triple play and finally some well deserved long overdue gold Heather!!! #10401897

Linda A. Braddock level-deluxe 11/3/2012 8:23:29 AM

Heather, Congratulations on this Awesome Capture!!This is Perfect! #10402101

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-deluxe 11/4/2012 9:24:52 PM

Awesome Winner Heather, a huge Congratulations! #10404520

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-deluxe 11/6/2012 11:50:24 AM

WOWZA! Perfect timing!!

Congratulations on this awesome Gold, 2nd Place Win Heather ... great clarity and perspective!

jo ann c. #10407224

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe 11/12/2012 8:52:32 PM

Congratulations on this awesome winner, Heather! #10416436

Merna L. Nobile 11/13/2012 12:05:05 PM

Receiving an award from Better Photo is just like unwrapping a gift, the thrill is always the same! It is also exciting to be able to send my personal congratulations to each and every one of you and I look forward to seeing the gold though out the galleries. Merna #10417415

Linda S. Smith level-deluxe 11/15/2012 1:26:31 AM

Huge Congrats on your Gold Win Heather! Very well deserved! #10419304

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2nd Place September 2012

This was my first time photographing a local rodeo.
I loved the power of the horses in the chuck wagon races.
f/5.6 Canon 70-300@165mm 1/1000sec ISO 320

Uploaded on 6/16/2012 8:57:09 PM

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