Tuesday, October 5, 2010

2010 Buffalo Roundup

2010's Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park went off without a hitch and under great weather. Shooting from the south viewing area was almost too easy this year. The buffalo went exactly where they were supposed to without much drama involved.

Over 14,000 people attended this year's roundup and watched from two viewing areas as the roughly 1,500 bison were herded into pens for branding and vaccinating. I had some fun putting together this old-style cut-and-paste panoramic of the south crowd.

One pronghorn antelope had a bit of a panic attempt trying to get out of the way of the oncoming buffalo herd and chasing horseback riders and pickup trucks. Displaying the speed that makes them the fastest animals in North America, the buck zigged and zagged in front of photographers before finding a safe way to run.

I just had to show off Rapid City photographer Ron Linton's special double camera setup for shooting the Roundup.

Actually, the effect is caused by my large telephoto lens compressing the distance between Ron's two cameras making it appear they are connected. He and the camera with the white lens are actually farther away than the camera with the camouflage lens.

Read past posts about the Buffalo Roundup here.


Trina Blanks said...

You had me thinking if that could really work!!! Great shot!!

Jodene Shaw said...

Very cool stuff! I've been waiting for the Roundup photos. Did not get to go, but thought about it all weekend at the various other things I was involved with!

You had me going on that double camera shot too! Trying to figure out, "what in the world..."

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks ladies. When I spotted that double camera angle I just had to shoot it. Ron doesn't even know about it yet, so hope he doesn't mind he's famous on the web now.

I guess I'm happy with my shots, but they are pretty much the same thing I've done in years past. I'm going to have to find something to change it up next year.

Jodene Shaw said...

Maybe you could dig a hole and secure a board on top and get a shot like on Dances With Wolves of the herd going over the ground...maybe you'd want a remote instead of taking a chance and crawling in the hole... {smile}.
Anyway, I love the arboretum shots! I am amazed at all of the things of interest in Pierre. Planned a school field trip there last spring, and there were so many things to choose from!

patty said...

Love all the shots you've posted! Was so disappointed I couldnt come to the Shoot Out...has been one of those summers! That double camera shot got me too! :+)

Chad Coppess said...

Funny you should mention that Jodi. I'm working with the park on creating some kind of camera location that may turn out similar to that. Not sure yet if it will be ground level or up high so the buffalo go under it.