Low Light American Bison Bull Portraits

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American Bison bull at restAmerican Bison bull at rest – Nikon D810, f9, 1/400, ISO 640, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The light wasn’t as good yesterday morning on as the forecasters had predicted but that shouldn’t be a surprise, those forecasts are more often wrong than they are right.

I was able to take a very nice series of low light American Bison bull portraits despite the lack of clear skies and sunshine on Antelope Island. I have tons of American Bison images in my portfolio but not that many portraits so when I can get them, I take them. It almost seems silly not to.

Resting Bison bull close upResting Bison bull close up – Nikon D810, f9, 1/400, ISO 640, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

This bison bull was resting at the top of a hill surrounded chewing his cud. I also don’t have many bison portraits where the teeth of the bison are visible so I was happy about that too.

American Bison bull low light portraitAmerican Bison bull low light portrait – Nikon D810, f9, 1/400, ISO 640, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I am pleased with how these portraits turned out even if I didn’t have the sweet light I had been expecting.

One bit of exciting news from my neck of the desert valley is that the bison on the island have calved and I saw quite a few bison babies or as they are also affectionately known, “Little Reds”. They were on the south end of the island, far from the road and up on the hillside.

Life is good.

Mia

5 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child April 6, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Majestic and beautiful.
    Love the idea of Little Reds too.

  2. Liz Cormack April 6, 2016 at 8:14 am

    These are fantastic images despite the low light. Is that an ear tag to keep tabs on the herd?

  3. Jane Shipp April 6, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Nice photos! The bull even looks well-groomed! This time of year they often look so scruffy. And I like the low light. Nice contrast with the bull.

  4. Bob McPherson April 6, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Beautiful photos Mia. Very Majestic Animals.

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