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Ochalina December 23, 2015
Wow! This is awesome
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tonybruguiere December 24, 2015
Thank you very much. It was an unforgetable expierence.
 
sydneyosbourne January 02, 2016
Kudos!
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tonybruguiere January 08, 2016
Thanks very much, Sydney.
 
Lotsashots January 06, 2016
Nice Shot~ I love the composition and the position of the whip and that huge Buffalo off his flank!
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tonybruguiere January 08, 2016
Thank you very much. The Buffalo roam freeley over thousands of acres and prior to the drive to the pens they are gathered up and held in one section of the park. When the drive starts, you see a couple of animals crest a hill and start running up the draw. Then more and more animals flow over the hill until it is a constant wave. You really can feel the vibrations through the ground.
 
loriawallace12 January 08, 2016
Amazing!
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tonybruguiere January 08, 2016
Thank you for the kind words, Loria. I really appreciate that.
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jerhearne January 16, 2016
Outstanding image! The light and composition are perfect!
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Pablo-Klik January 17, 2016
MAGNIFICA FOTO
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tonybruguiere February 04, 2016
Thank you very much!
 
Workshopphotos January 19, 2016
Fantastic photo, a beauty
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tonybruguiere February 04, 2016
Thank you. It is quite an expierence.
 
Azmedaj January 20, 2016
This is stunning. Amazing composition
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tonybruguiere February 04, 2016
Thank you. That many buffalo in motion is a fantastic expierence.
 
bonniemoseley January 28, 2016
Congratulations on being a finalist. This is such a great composition.
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tonybruguiere February 04, 2016
Thank you very much! It has been on my bucket list for a long time and well worth the wait.
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wjrtailby1 January 28, 2016
To the man on the horse nice job to the photographer excellent shot!!
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tonybruguiere February 04, 2016
Thank you very much! You have a good eye - the rider is one of the wranglers and not one of the ten lucky "guest riders".
 
arjunbhs January 28, 2016
Stunning capture !
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tonybruguiere February 04, 2016
Thank you very much!
 
Roussou January 29, 2016
Great shot, congrats with being a finalist
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tonybruguiere February 04, 2016
Thank you very much, Hans. It is a wonderful event.
 
frontstca February 09, 2016
Great pic
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tonybruguiere February 12, 2016
Thank you very much.
 
kariwatkins February 09, 2016
Love this!
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tonybruguiere April 04, 2016
Thank you, Kari.
 
CURUTCHET October 08, 2016
where do they go like this
 
mgenkova November 20, 2016
Superb!
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tmlakshmi November 29, 2016
voted. stunning
 
stuartfoster December 08, 2016
Like so many people have said....stunning photo!. I love the contrast of the rider against the repetition of all the bison in terms of shape, colour, light, sharpness. Beautiful composition. Nicely done.
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vitor December 13, 2016
Awesome!
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thunderlake December 13, 2016
amazing and so powerful
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StevenPasternack December 21, 2016
Amazing photo!
 
praveenupadhyay December 21, 2016
Awesome click
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LuciaH December 22, 2016
Beautiful photo ! Congratulations on your win !
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ponymagau February 21, 2017
This is beautiful!
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tonybruguiere February 21, 2017
Thank you very much! An amazing place to visit and photograph.
 
benedicte1991 March 08, 2017
Fantastic!!????
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tonybruguiere March 08, 2017
Thank you very much!! Custer State Park is definately worth a visit.
 
iluv2shoot September 15, 2017
Fantastic capture!
 
kathyk_abq September 24, 2017
Fantastic shot!
 
JDLifeshots October 12, 2017
Great shot. Congrats!
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tonybruguiere October 12, 2017
Thank you very much.
 
rainard December 13, 2017
Oh, my God. It deserves 'photography of the Year' superb
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tonybruguiere December 13, 2017
Wow, Thanks so much for the very kind words. It was a wonderful trip and you really could feel the vibration from their passing through your feet - although I would not put it in the "earth shaking" catagory.
 
tazzlesteele January 05, 2018
Incredible shot. Looks like you're right there in it! I'm sure that was an awesome sight to see!
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tonybruguiere January 05, 2018
Thank you very much for the kind words. It was indeed an awesome sight and I would reccomend it to anyone that is considering a visit to South Dakota.
 
Pmcclure January 06, 2018
Awesome shot!
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tonybruguiere February 01, 2018
Thank you very much for the kind words.
 
RodeoPride February 02, 2018
Amazing shot! I love how you captured the rider with the buffalo, this is truly a spectacular event and you captured it beautifully!
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tonybruguiere February 02, 2018
Thank you very much for the kind words. It was indeed an awesome sight and I would reccomend it to anyone that is considering a visit to South Dakota.
 
maureenrueffer February 02, 2018
This is great!
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tonybruguiere February 13, 2018
Thank you very much for the kind words, Maureen.
 
KitteNKanDiie February 04, 2018
AMAZING
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tonybruguiere February 13, 2018
Thank you very much,Tammie.
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DuffyDoherty February 08, 2018
Congratulations on your Finalist Award Tony. Nice job!
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tonybruguiere February 13, 2018
Thank you, Duffy.
 
Neckbone February 23, 2018
Congrats on your Challenge Win. Well deserved, a Great Shot!
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tonybruguiere February 23, 2018
Thank you very much!
 
rmyers01 March 13, 2018
Awesome shot! I'd be afraid to be in front of that herd!
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Beautiful-Breeze December 17, 2018
Wow! Outstanding shot!
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tonybruguiere December 17, 2018
Thank you very much for your comment!

Thundering Hooves on the South Dakota Prairie



Once the large buffalo herd of 1100 animals gets moving at Custer State Park in South Dakota, the cowboys are really there just to keep them going. If the herd ...
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Once the large buffalo herd of 1100 animals gets moving at Custer State Park in South Dakota, the cowboys are really there just to keep them going. If the herd breaks apart, there is not much a horse can do to stop it. The correct name for this animal is American Bison (Bison bison), but in the US you will hear buffalo as much as bison.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken at the annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park in South Dakota. The roundup has been taking place since 1966. The purpose is to reduce the herd size to what the grassland in the park can support. Each year they sell 300 - 400 live buffalo. I was fortunate to have media credentials, which did not give me closer access, but at least the shot was unobstructed.
Time
The first buffalo are sighted about 10:30 am, but visitors have been waiting for a long time. People have had their cars stopped at the blockade on the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park for hours. They have been waiting in the dark for the road to open. The veterans have hot coffee and doughnuts and are dressed in layers to ward off the night chill of early fall. Finally, the road opens at 6:30 am and the long procession of cars will move along the eight mile road to the elevated south viewing area. The endless line of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and busses will continue for about three hours until the parking area is packed completely full. On the other side of the draw the process is being duplicated at the north viewing area. When both parking lots are full, there will be over 14,000 people lining the safety fences to witness what few people have seen since the early 1800s - eleven hundred American Bison running across the South Dakota prairie.
Lighting
Nothing special about the lighting - just a beautiful early fall morning in South Dakota.
Equipment
I used a Canon 7D with a 100-400 mm (L) IS f/4.5 - 5.6. I used a Manfrotto monopod. The lens is image stabilized, but the monopod really helps.
Inspiration
This event has been on my bucket list for a long time. Market hunting of buffalo began in earnest in 1870 and almost caused the extinction of this magnificent animal. What saved the buffalo from going the way of the dodo bird were forward thinking men like Peter Norbeck, former Governor of South Dakota, who in 1914, purchased thirty-six buffalo to start the Custer herd. It is the descendants of those original thirty-six buffalo that fourteen thousand people come each year to see.
Editing
There is more post processing on this image than I usually do. For safety reasons, visitors and media are not very close to the running buffalo. From a distance buffalo tend to be more or less brown blobs moving across the landscape in a cloud of dust - our eyes and brain fill in details that our cameras can not see. I tried adding Clarity in PS, which helped a little. I then tried Structure in Nik's Vivesa2. Better, but still not right. I finally went to Topaz Clarity, a wonderful plug-in that lets you individually control separate areas of contrast. I added more saturation than I usually do and used quite a few layer masks to apply the contrast and saturation where I wanted it.
In my camera bag
Camera bodies are a Canon 40D and a 7D. My working bag consists of the 70-200mm (L) IS f/2.8, Canon 24-105 mm (L) IS f/4.0, and a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM.
Feedback
People come from all over the world to experience this many buffalo running over the prairie. Custer is a small town so make your plans well in advance. If you can't make the roundup, the buffalo are roaming freely year round. I would be remiss if I did not say something about the temperament of buffalo. They are wild animals with absolutely no fear of humans. Every year tourists are injured or killed because they got too near to a buffalo. Buffalo have attacked cars and they seem to have a special dislike for motorcycles. When you are moving in for that perfect shot, keep an eye on the tail of the buffalo. Normally the tail hangs straight down. If you see it flick upwards, the buffalo is becoming agitated and that is your signal to move away. If you see the tail ramrod straight up, the buffalo has entered what ranchers refer to as its "kill mode". Get in your car, be still, and hope that you are not what set it off. You could try running or driving away, but remember that the buffalo runs at 40 miles an hour. Long lenses are your friend when working with buffalo.

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