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Bison Enjoying the View

Bison Enjoying the View
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Copyright: Jen Henrichsen (JennHen) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 111] (429)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EFS 18-55mm, 58mm UV
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-17 12:46
Viewed: 6822
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was able to get surprisingly close to this huge Bison bull, who was NOT behind any fence - I stopped my approach as soon as he turned his MASSIVE head in my direction...

This magnificant animal lives at the incredibly beautiful Deer Park Heights overlooking Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown, New Zealand. This was a site for several Lord of the Rings film locations.

The Bison, better known as a buffalo, is North America's largest terrestrial animal. A mature bull Bison is about 2m high and 2.7m to 3.7m long and weighs 850kg to 1100kg. The Bison originated in Eurasia and is one of the few members of its family to have crossed the Bering Strait land bridge in prehistoric times to North America. Until the 19th century, as many as 60 million roamed the Great Plains.

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To japie: NervesJennHen 1 04-18 20:32
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A noble beast for sure--what's he doing in New Zealand? Also, please be careful. More people are injured and killed by these creatures than any other wild mammal in North America! He can throw you 10 m into the air! As for the photo, it is lovely! You exposed for the bison, so your sky is a bit washed, but the light on the animal is just perfect. If you can afford to get a graduated neutral density filter, you can have the best of both worlds. Still, I don't mind the sky at all, and this is a terrific image.

Great shot Jennifer!
I didn't know that you have Bisons in NZ. Are they free or in some kind of Zoo or Park?
We have in Poland wild Bisons. They live mostly in the forests and are distant cousins of those from North America.
The photo is very beautiful. The BG is great and the main subject looks really good.
I like it very much.
Well done!

Hello Jennifer, you've got alot of courage to capture this beast. Beautifully done. Great composition and colour. How are you enjoying the new camera? Don

The last place I would expected the buffalo to roam is Maori country but again the world is not what it used to. Pretty backdrop for the massive bison, something similar is Catalina Island in California where they brought 40 buffalos to shoot a movie and thats where they remained and flourished , now they are too many and every once in a while for the sake of preserving a balance in the ecosystem they shoot a few. All that les than 30 miles miles from Los Angeles, believe it or not ...

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-04-17 15:07]

Well.. THis is a real nice picture.. But i guess not without risks! Nice, real nice picture, the poste, the background.. colors Well done!


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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-17 16:16]

You've taken an excellent animal shot of the bison and an excellent landscape shot of the lake and mountains. The details of the first and DOV of the latter are very good as are the contrasts and colours. Good work.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-17 16:43]

Hi Jenn, excellent shot of the bison, what what a magnificent view. I love it!

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-04-17 17:10]

Great capture, good DOF and stunning view, well dcone and thanks for sharing.

A magnificent beast this bison. You have captured him well and in a good pose with excellent BG scenery. Great composition and detail. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing it with us.

Amazing animal and it's view !!! I wish i was standing over there! very nice picture! Well done!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-17 21:00]

This is a gorgeous photo, Jennifer. Fantastic portrait of the bison. The colors are beautiful throughout. The view from the bluff is breathtaking. Wonderful composition. Congratulations!

Great picture Jennifer.
It looks like an oil painting. Beautiful BG with great big bison in FG. Great colours,composition and DOF. And a very good exposure.
Excellent work.

Nice sharp details Jennifer. He is a big beast. Interesting note. Good work. TFS

This is a great shot. Lovely sharp subject and a great landscape backdrop. Postcard material. I think you were brave to get this close with the 18-55mm kit lens. Don't think I would have. :) Very well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-18 9:58]

Wonderful shot Jennifer! Great details, well exposed and composed. Good colors and good DOF. This brings back sweet memories; half year ago I also visited Deer Park Heights. The LOTR sites were very nice imho and instantly recognisable! :) TFS!

Perfect composition, great subject and BG.
Very well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-18 19:28]
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Wow this close to a Bison with a 18 - 55 mm - your nerves are better than mine. The composition and exposure here needs special mention, as it is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-27 7:39]

Hello Jennifer, you did a fantastic shot! very nice composition i like the clear colours & sharpness, The Background is great and the main subject looks really good,



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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-10-07 5:58]

Fantstic picture !
The colros are outstanding and the object is well placed in the frame!
I like the BG and the POV in this picture!
The clouds add a lot to the picture and the Bison looks very cute, too bad that his face are dark and that is very hard to get good in a picture....


Hi Jennifer,
Well you learn something new every day. I have been to Queenstown quite afew times but never knew that bison where located there. This is an unusalshot for me as a NZ'er with the gradndure of the familiar mountains offset by an unusaul visitor i.e the bison.Technically very goopd image with exception plcement of the bison within the environment it is now located.

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