Mark Sharrock  

Antelope  Buffalo by Mark Sharrock

November 2020 - Antelope Buffalo

About the Image(s)

How: This was taken on a very very windy day on Antelope Island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Canon 7D mark 2 plus a 300mm Prime lens. Handheld.
Why: I have been after this shot for a while and buffalo are not the friendliest or most helpful creatures - so went to get a sequence of 3 which I finally managed this weekend.

9 comments posted

Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
I would love to see the full image; I'm guessing you've cropped for emphasis and power, but I would like to see a bit more of the lower jaw and possibly the left eye. However, I will gladly take this image and savor the detail and the contrast you've developed.   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:06:29
Mark Sharrock   Mark Sharrock
That is actually the original photo, no cropping. I have a sequence of 3 that I took and the only post processing was to turn it black and white in lightroom.
I have a side on one as well and then one looking slightly more top the right.   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:26:11

Mark Sharrock   Mark Sharrock
Here is one of the others with the side view...   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:29:21
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Mark Sharrock   Mark Sharrock
And the third of the sequence.   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:30:00
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Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
All of them have power! I think your first is probably the most compelling because of the unique capture of the tongue, but the third is brilliant as well for the intensity of the eye.

I do not own a prime lens so I'm accustomed to leaving myself a lot of cropping room in case I really make a bad mistake!   Posted: 11/10/2020 16:39:07
Mark Sharrock   Mark Sharrock
The nice thing about the prime lens is how sharp they are.
The bad thing about the prime lens is that you need to move your feet and commit to the photo. Oh yeh, and then you also need to save up for them! :-(
And to be honest - some of the zoom lenses these days are just amazing.   Posted: 11/11/2020 21:38:14
Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
Well, they say that exercise is good for aged people, so I should relish the prospect of moving my feet and getting a great shot! And what's a retirement income for, if not for purchases that make me happy?! Every time I browse the B&H catalogue, I'm intrigued with the 300 and 400 prime lenses. (I grew up in NYC with B&H as a brick and mortar store, and still visit them when I return to NYC periodically). I figure that 300 would be best for handheld - but even that stretches my grip at 3 pounds (1400 gms)without the weight of the camera. It's also a bit more affordable than the 400, but I am captivated at what the 400 can capture.   Posted: 11/11/2020 23:18:31

Robert Knight   Robert Knight
I like all three images because they illustrate the power of the animal. My particular favourite is the side view but only because the horn is complete. I think your original image is a good depiction of the buffalo but just needs to include all of the horn and the chin to make it more powerful. I am happy that it is not the complete head.   Posted: 11/12/2020 08:50:19

Elizabeth Warkentin   Elizabeth Warkentin
What a cute animal! I love that his tongue is out and that we get up close and personal with his fur/hair and can see the snowflakes on it. I like photos in which we only see one eye. However, if we're only only going to see one eye head on I think it may have worked better if you had only shown half the nose and mouth and all of his right horn. Otherwise, it might have been better to photograph the full face and show all of his horns. Personally, I like the middle image the best because we see the full profile, including all of his right horn. It would have been nice if we could see the top of that tuft of hair that was cut off. A square format might have worked well with these portraits, especially the middle one.   Posted: 11/13/2020 23:30:17


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