Monday, October 6, 2008

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

One of South Dakota's great autumn events has come and gone again, and it was a good one for photography - Custer State Park's Buffalo Roundup.
Along with several journalists from around the world, I was priviliged to ride in the back of a pickup truck for this year's event. Shooting was an adventure while bouncing across large rocks, fording streams and getting stuck once in a dry creekbed.

Huge crowds attend each year to watch the spectacle as cowboys on horseback and park rangers in trucks squeeze approximately 1,300 bison into corrals for branding, vaccinating and sorting. This is only a tiny portion of the estimated 10,000 people there this year.

Here are a few of the photographers covering the event, at least the ones that stayed on the ground.

Was it dusty in the truck? Well yes, you could say that...

This calls for a good cleaning of the camera equipment before moving on to the next assignment.
For more info on the Roundup and buffalo in general, check my earlier post at Dakotagraph-Buffalo Roundup.

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