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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-13 19:26
Viewed: 4092
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Once Bison roamed the prairie in the millions.

Then the European came to Canada and slaughtered the Bison almost to extinction. Today they Bison are slowly making a comeback in reserves and breeding programs.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in southern Alberta is a fascinating place to visit. The Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Interpretive Centre and Museum. The museum is about how the native Blackfoot, Plains Cree and Plains Assiniboine Indians hunted these large beasts in communal hunting methods driving bison over cliffs or into specially constructed corrals on foot. The natives hunted bison here for nearly 6000 years.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a sandstone cliff that the natives used to chase the buffalo over. The stratified deposits contain evidence going back 5700 years. Archeologists have been digging at site for many years uncovering layer after layer of artifacts and bone. Many artifacts including stone tools, points, dart points, arrowheads, knives, and choppers have been found.

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I really love the subtle details in this image.
The frame is great too.

Hi Janice,
Lovely lady [I know for sure this is a lady!]. Nice pose, well capture. Nice shot. Have a nice weekend.

Ben Lakitan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-13 20:36]

Hello Janice

Talk about synchronicity,I posted a bison today too.Good DOF and POV.Caught in it's natural surroundings ,unlike mine.A transplant here fron the west.TFS


Nice shot. Good details and exposure. Nicely cropped and framed, too.
So this was shot at Head Smashed In? I didn't see any bison when I was there this summer, but then I didn't look very hard.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-10-14 0:07]


I love your new camera ...


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-14 2:06]

I like the POV and the eye contact.
Fine details and good light, well shown against the plain grass BG.
Good colors.
TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-14 4:59]

Hello Janice,
Wonderful capture.I liked POV,pose of bison,framing and composition a lot.

Hi Janice,
Great shot and pretty simular to all my Bisons shot I took in Yellow Stone. Somehow the like to show their back to the camera. Great details and colors and perfect control on the DOF. Did you do some cloning on the photo too?

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-14 17:08]

I like the POV Janice, with excellent opportunism to shot.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, focus, color, background, notes.

I like it: lighting, framing (something adjusted up).

I don't like it: only the lack of the values of the image.

Nice presentation... thank you for sharing.
Greetings... Ricardo

I found your note very interesting about the natives chasing the bison over a cliff. The photo supports the note well. I think you did well with the dark subject to expose it against the light BG. I just wonder if you used shadows & highlights to try and get a bit more detail in the darker areas. Well done.

Hello janice !
This is a very impressive animal, and you captured him so nicely ! The pose of the bison is particularly beautiful, looking over his back to you. Excellent details and beautiful colors, wonderful composition and POV, and such a beautiful BG ! The bison stands out very nicely on it. Very well done !

Nice one Janice!

Looks like one of the herd I saw just West of Cochrane, before you get to the Jumping Pound gasplant! Not?

Nice shot with that bison's look back at ya! But hey, next time wipe its ___ please. ;) Does it have a anti-poaching tag in its ear? That is a wee disturbing in a "nature" shot, not?

PS Your note should likely spell out that Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is not anywhere near Cochrane but toward Bassano. ;) And Alberta is one heck of a big place, eh!

Hello Janice,
The big guy is well captured!
I like how he is looking at you over his shoulder, just like saying "...that's close enough.."...
Well framed and good details!
Pablo -

Hi Janice,

Going through the archive brought me to your wonderful picture of the buffalo. I like the pose on this character. I had the opportunity to photograph them in the snow. They are really cool looking mammals. :)

Your photos are very intresting for me.
The good composition and colors.
Good job

Hi MCF Janice;)

Haha... Perhaps not the most flattering POV:), but the composition and its pose looks great.
As always i love the facial expression here:) Lovely...
TFS and have a great WE MF!


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