Brenda Frezeman  

The Long Road Home by Brenda Frezeman

May 2020 - The Long Road Home

About the Image(s)

On the one day that I've been out of the house riding in a car in the last two months, my husband and I went to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. That, surprisingly, is open--maybe because it's a drive-through loop road, no hiking or walking around is allowed. We saw quite a few animals including the bison herd which was initially too far away for photos. But at the end of the day, they all walked back to an opening in the fence. We quickly drove around to the other side and got some photos of them coming through. This back view, after they passed us, is my favorite because of the unusual composition. How often do you see bison walking down the road?

8 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I have never been a huge fan of butt shots, But seeing these big boys strolling down the road just seems to work. I think you did well shooting this at a sharp angle.

I have got to ask two questions. I think I counted at least 6 feet on the buffalo on the right---so was there a third buffalo in the group?

My second question, did you get out of the car to take this shot or is it through a window?   Posted: 05/07/2020 17:30:33
Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Good catch! I didn't notice the extra legs but upon closer examination there appears to be an extra hump as well. So I guess there were three! I'll need to do some editing.

I would not have gotten out of the car that close to the bison, even though they weren't paying us much attention. But I did put the window down and sit on the ledge, shooting over the roof.   Posted: 05/07/2020 18:24:01
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Now photographing you would have been a great picture!!
Sorry I missed it. :-)   Posted: 05/07/2020 18:29:32
Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Ha! I'll have to be on the lookout when I do that.
  Posted: 05/07/2020 18:36:18

Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Without commentary from Larry Treadwell I wouldn't have thought there were six legs, just a well fed bison. Brenda, you caught a great angle to make this image beyond butt shots. Nice capture of an unusual bucolic sunset scene.   Posted: 05/17/2020 02:15:20

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
We don't really notice the extra legs because the bison are a secondary subject to the overall scene. To focus our attention on the bison, we would have to somehow destroy the location, either by cropping, vignetting, etc. That would be a mistake in my opinion.

I think your title says it all and the image really tells that story well - makes me tired just thinking about that journey. Well done, and I will probably never get the picture of you taking that shot out of my head. d;¬{D   Posted: 05/18/2020 15:46:37

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
Love it!! We may all look like the six-legged one if this shut-in goes on much longer. The scene is fascinating. At first i thought it must be a composite as the bison seem to be incongruous is this bucolic yet civilized landscape... and knowing that there was one with extra legs just adds additional dimension to the surreal scene.   Posted: 05/18/2020 16:11:22

Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Very nice photo. I never noticed the extra legs.
Great colors and effects.   Posted: 05/18/2020 17:09:00


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