September 12, 2016

American Bison

A couple of Bison photos from Grand Teton National Park (above) and Yellowstone (below).

Grazing the plains in the safety of National Park lands, these Bison have no fear of humans. They will roam across roads and into traffic. They will pass within a few short yards people as they go about the business of being part bison. With that behavior it is tempting to conclude that they are docile, friendly creatures. But don’t pet them. Don’t even try. They will charge if they feel threatened. If a bison is licking its lips while staring you down, consider it a warning.

They are big, beautiful fun to photograph. But be respectful of the danger and obey the rules. Keep your distance.

The images in this post were photographed with a very long lens from a safe distance. Details at below.

These images were captured on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 micro four thirds camera using the wonderful Zuiko 300mm f/4.0 Pro Lens (600mm, ff eq). For one of the images I used the lens in conjunction with the 1.4 teleconverter, giving me a relative focal length of 840mm. I should also add, that they were all hand held. The VR in the lens works in conjunction with the 5 axis VR in the camera body, for a truly amazing shooting experience.

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