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.
Thanks for stopping by.
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emka (76433) 2014-03-06 23:04
Hello Jason, Hahaha, it is funny, the photo and your note. You were close to this guy. And certainly the eye contact was there too. I love this. What an effect, his biiig head ans so tiny legs.
I was also very close to wild bisons in Yellowstone but in the car so with no fear. But there in bg there is a cow?
BTW, have you been to Yellowstone?
WArm regrads MAlgo
jemaflor (83014) 2014-03-06 23:10
Impressive pov, well managed this portrait and close up,I like these eyes, impressive glance, be careful !
krzychu30 (15442) 2014-03-07 0:22
great and funny shot my friend!and what a sacrifice:)I´m glad you you get through this without any harm.
It looks almost like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind":)
This penetrating look and eyes-it´s really brilliant and perfectly timed scene.And together with so great created 3D feeling it makes your composition exceptional.
Have a nice weekend ahead
timecapturer (47486) 2014-03-07 2:06
Now I have been telling you for weeks to get out in that sun and look what happens when you do………an instant admirer! What a fine fellow he is too. A superbly brave and quite amazing close up, I love it. Can almost smell the beast here and the Buffalo wiffs a bit too! A beautiful animal study and really spectacular capture. Mesmerising and impressive camera work. More please.
What is the difference between a Buffalo and a Bison?
You cannot wash your hands in a Buffalo. (Mozzarella joke eh? Big Guy, at least it is a clean one………)
Royaldevon (28449) 2014-03-07 2:35
Just love this, Jason!
Up close and personal!
It reminds me of the point in a cartoon when the bad tempered animal starts to blow steam out of its nose and ... charge!
I can understand your trepidation but, the result was worth it. You have captured a unique impression of this bison, bad hair do and all! The colours and textures are fantastic. The contrasts of light and shadow help to give a very 3D effect.
Have a great w/e,
holmertz (39529) 2014-03-07 3:02
A funny shot and an entertaining note. What a very big-headed guy this is. I wouldn't go close to him but I appreciate that you did it in my place. I'm impressed you got away with such perfect sharpness and exposure, considering you had so many things on your mind.
CLODO (29914) 2014-03-07 4:44
Good trial to have an unusal view of the buffalo thanks to the wide angle lens and your courage to be so close! We forget the background to have a good eye contact.
Sergiom (57821) 2014-03-07 4:55
Je ne suis pas certain que je me serais approché autant pour faire copain copain avec la bête.Quoique l'on ne sente aucune agressivité dans son regard.Le cadrage serré est parfait de netteté.
mirosu (13174) 2014-03-07 5:00
Perfect buffalo close up, but tell me honestly, how did you feel? No frightened of unexpected attack? These buffalos are very strong, and also fast, not talking about the heavy weight. I like how you have captured the big glaring eyes. The direct eye contact is perfect. IMO, an excellent close up photo with very nice details.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice weekend.
subhendu_bagchi (25509) 2014-03-07 5:36
ohhh! It is terrifying. I astonished with your POV... So close, so intimate... Sharp focus on its eyes. Great colours and nice use of depth of field. Excellent capture. Tfs.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-07 6:20
this image is so funny! The buffalo head looks absolutely massive in this close up and the framing is so attention drawing even in the miniature! Superb portrait even if the object did not intend to pose. Lovely colors and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
saxo042 (37226) 2014-03-07 6:53
You have chosen a very good POV for this animal portrait. He looks like a caricature with his huge head and very small bones! A wonderful picture.
SnapRJW (30687) 2014-03-07 7:47
Hello Jason - Way too up close and personal for me! A fun shot taken by either a brave man or a fool.... which is it? The lengths people will go to for an original photograph.... excellent. I look forward to the next installment. Jason sitting in a cow pat?
Have a super weekend and keep safe!
Warm regards Rosemary
ikeharel (55332) 2014-03-07 8:36
Too close, Jason, almost can smell its breath while taken the picture.
For sure you should, as written have an eye on him...
Brave photographer, well done on the task, and maintained good technical details.
Have a nice weekend,
macjake (54934) 2014-03-07 8:43
wicked shot my friend!
I actually think you're safer here than you would be at the back end! Seriously...you DO NOT want to have this beast kick you in the head with his hind leg!!!!
People have become brain damaged by those kicks!
I'd much prefer to be here!
but don't get me wrong, i'm sure its still intimidating, I mean, how often do we get so close to the mouth of a beast!
love this pov, imagine if we had our eyes wide set on our head like this lol
we all know what you're thinking, but what do you think he's thinking! haha
annjackman (18983) 2014-03-07 9:22
These are large and quite aggressive animals so well done for taking its photo! Super use of a wide-angle lens that 'enlarges' the head very well. Great fun - I love it!
Kind Regards, Ann
yquem46 (38532) 2014-03-07 9:37
As I see the cow behind him, I guess this one is more or less domesticated and lives in a farm. therefore less anxious for you but nonetheless hope there was a fence between you two lol !
good us of the wide angle lens to enhance the visual impact. perfectly successful indeed !
best regards, have a nice WE
Noel_Byrne (22787) 2014-03-07 11:00
This is class. I don't agree with you about the composition to be honest, because the top being cut does not in any way detract from the power of the visuals of this image, not at all (at all, its nearly Patricks day to be sure to be sure). A fine beast, and one who looks quite friendly, but of course that's easy for me to say when I sit at my PC with a beer enjoying the view, and laughing at your note. A fine beast, but obviously a strong beast. And at risk of sounding offensive to some, I would guess probably a rather tasty beast too if sharing the scene with some onion rings and pepper sauce...... (Sorry :D)
What I love aside from Mr Moo himself is the other cow that appears to be growing from his face. I know you watch South Park too, do you remember the episode with the school nurse that all the kids were afraid of? She suffered from a rare condition. Looks like Mr Moo might suffer the bovine version.
Brilliant shot, and I tip my cap, doff my top hat, and raise my bonnet for your perseverance and brevity for your art!
All the best from Soggyton.
ourania (29417) 2014-03-07 13:35
this is exciting, the places where our photographer's curiosity and ambition take us, the things they lead us to do:) I love this bold and intimate portrait, the huge head that barely fits in the frame, the small legs in the distance. The cow looks like a little toy in comparison. The textures are fine and I also like the vivid natural colours and the full blue backdrop. The portrait looks like a caricature, the hero seems surprised to discover someone in his food, his surprise might be the reason of his wide open eyes and raised hair:) Lovely work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
COSTANTINO (53715) 2014-03-07 13:42
Hello dear friend
magnificent close up of this animal
great work with this funny photo
I liked your thoughts about it
and your first two lines that
he forgot to comb his hair
for picture day
worldcitizen (6733) 2014-03-07 14:36
What a view! This buffalo looks like he's wondering if you'd make a tasty snack! This photo has amazing details, especially the eyes. The framing doesn't really matter, although I personally like the presentation of this buffalo, even if it was an accidental composition. :-)
rogerl (1544) 2014-03-07 17:37
Jason, great shot and better note :) When I first saw the photo, my initial thought was "is he crazy"? Reading your note doesn't make me believe otherwise. I'm glad this guy was in a good mood. Even though the composition isn't perfect, the subject and the sky make up for it. Thanks.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-07 18:45
I'm glad you managed to walk away from this encounter, Jason - I applaud the photographic bravery! Looks like you were close enough to tickle his nose. It certainly made for a striking image, though, and the use of the wide angle is perfect in giving it a comic exaggeration. Really cool work, but try not too defy death too often to get a good shot...
jhm (137652) 2014-03-08 1:04
He was ready for his close-up…looks like he forgot to comb his hair for picture day, I found this lovely written.
Close-up of animals gives always something special.
A nice composition, perfect captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
mesutilgim (82324) 2014-03-08 10:44
Too close and too personal ! Hope he was not angry to be photographed !!
One of the best portarits I've ever seen here. Many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Didi (56061) 2014-03-08 10:57
That's great ! You took a big risk to be so close to the animal
Very nice natural portrait
mcmtanyel (12029) 2014-03-08 10:59
And homely, too. It's a face only a mother could love. Whatever points you lose on composition, you gained in bravery, congrats!
Cricri (104461) 2014-03-09 11:35
Punaise bonjour la tète :-) plutôt impressionnant surtout de la façon dont tu la pris, c'est génial, il semble vouloir rentrer chez moi.....un cadrage et une réalisation excellente avec une belle version en WS et une note très agréable et bien sur un côté humour qui fait plaisir a lire
Passe une belle soirée
nikkitta (14354) 2014-03-09 15:16
What best way to end a Sunday that watch and read a post from you?
I'm laughing watching WITHOUT fear the eyes of the bull watching me, that means you, in the capture
So funny and at the same time, impressive capture, beat you did behind a fence but anyawy... take care, if they got angry, must be some problem
Very imaginative capture with good sharpness to enjoy details and good color
Very well done
Gracias y saludos desde el Sur
Like bufalos ( watch them from far) and the tastty milk of them that produce what here is called Bufarella, a kind of very good cheese, also the their meat is expensive but tasty with low fat
Waylim (25182) 2014-03-10 10:17
Ah, this is way too close for comfort, I can smell the breath and the drool dripping on your camera.
Very cool effect and a commical shot with sense of humor. I like at one hand you're not taking it so seriously with fun spirit and yet the result is really quiet fantastic. That is how it should be and most important, having fun doing it, including your job.
Gigidusud (14705) 2014-03-11 16:08
Funny photo and funny note too! Ahah ah!
Incredible portrait of this Buffalo! me in your place, I would have running away :)
cornejo (30089) 2014-03-12 12:29
Hi Jason, excellent closed-up on the face of this interesting animal, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week rest.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
dta (65000) 2014-03-16 8:56
Hello Jason ,
Wow ! An impressive capture . This bison is so cute ;)
phildar77360 (322) 2014-03-18 20:02
Marrante cette photo.Le cadrage original nous donne l impression que cette bête a une tête disproportionnée.
La profondeur de champ est tres bonne également.