Dust and Wildflowers

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a Yellowstone bison enjoying a dust bath to help avoid parasites and clean the fur. Elephants use dust baths to protect the skin from the sun
The eye is visible in the large version

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D850 (then)
18-200 @200

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A fun moment, but not quite arresting enough with the low contrast and lack of a strong visual outline. Not much you can do about that, but probably a good addition to your set of images in Yellowstone.

This must have been exciting to witness! I don’t think I did the best job of it, but if you like the idea maybe you can do it better. I tried to get the Bison’s head and eye to stand out a bit more. I also cropped a bit off the top, didn’t think it added much. Just an idea.

Nice action shot Sandy. I like the beautiful green setting with the nice flower field, offset by a huge, dirty, beast of a bull bison stirring up the cloud of dust. This an interesting study in contrasts with great action.

Better, for sure - thank you!

Hi Sandy!
Interesting frame, you may try two things here, first selectively increase tha contrast in Bison and take some canvas off from the bottom, leaving the central bunch of white flowers. By including so many foreground flowers, they are competing with the subject.