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Not sure Mr. Buffalo was ready for his close-up…looks like he forgot to comb his hair for picture day. I don’t think anyone was going to give him any grief though…I certainly wasn’t about to bring it up! :)

I live along the southeast edges of the Phoenix valley, out where there’s still a small amount of farm land and ranches. After being here for a decade now, it was only within the last couple of weeks I heard about some longhorn cattle at a nearby ranch. Since it’s no more than 5 minutes from my place, I went to check it out…and to my surprise, a few buffalo were in the mix.

O.K., now I know I missed the mark on composition when it comes to the top of the frame…but let me tell you, I was A LOT more concerned with self preservation than scoring technical merit!

I don’t know if there’s an opposite term for being cross-eyed, but it’s something I achieved while attempting this shot. I had my left eye on the camera, and my right eye on the beast…while having an inner struggle with the left one continually wanting to sneak over to the right. The last thing I wanted to become was this big fellas next couple of lunch bites! Needless to say, framing detail was a distant concern.

Not sure how I even came away with a half decent result, because my hands were not at all steady…talk about fear factor! Just after I snapped the shutter, he snorted and lunged my direction…and it was then the photo shoot was over. The only remaining item needed at that point was a new pair of shorts!?

If the wide angle perspective gives the impression he’s a cute, cuddly animal, I’ll be following up with something that might change your perception. In the meantime, I’ve included a WS picture which should help better understand his actual size.


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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1507 W: 2 N: 2893] (11038)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-03-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-06 20:44
Viewed: 650
Points: 70
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