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Hold 'im

Posted by
Suzanne (Huntington Bch, California, United States) on 31 January 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. -- Eudora Welty

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Willow Creek Ranch, Wyoming

Rémi Côté from Saguenay, Canada

The use of B/w in this serie really bring me in the old American far west!

Great atmosphere and really well done!

31 Jan 2009 5:08am

SKHallisey from Montreal, Canada

damn, heavy subject

31 Jan 2009 5:55am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Your capture is superb; as is the sepia tone for this. I have to say I'm a bit taken back by the men. I've worked with cattle before and I realize these are on open range and tackling one is more difficult that in more of a closed are, but, but, but...you knew that was coming, right?:-) I weigh right at 110 pounds and I used to come up on a calf of about 150 - 175 pounds, grab it around all fours, pull it's legs out from under it; landing it on it's side, sit on it, and give it a shot. It did it alone. What I'm seeing in this image looks like overkill. The calf is scared to death. Are these weekend cowboys who pay to stay on a dude ranch or are these guys who know what they're doing? Just asking, and again your capture is superb.

31 Jan 2009 5:56am

@sherri: Two two holding the calf are full time wranglers. Maybe they just like to do it the easy way. ;o)

Jean-François from LES ISSAMBRES, France

superbe cadrage ....... quel voyage tu nous fais faire chaque jour !

31 Jan 2009 6:18am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

That's a great shot! The eyes on the cow say it all!

31 Jan 2009 8:32am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

As we could see them in the movies I watched when I was young... B&W is nice here !

31 Jan 2009 8:38am

PeterFH from Gothenburg, Sweden

Great capture, you can almost see the panic in the calf's eye. Great composition, well done in the heat of the moment.

31 Jan 2009 11:09am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great shot. Was this for a movie?

31 Jan 2009 11:18am

@Ana Lúcia: No, just visiting for a few days at a working cattle ranch.

standley from Carquefou, France

Great action shot. What a timing!

31 Jan 2009 1:31pm

Virgil from Richmond, United States

Great capture!

31 Jan 2009 1:49pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

hmmmm, a fat cowboy, never seen that before ..lol! Is this what they call "texas holdem" great action shot and processing

31 Jan 2009 2:17pm

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Terrific capture. You can see the terror in the calf's eyes.

31 Jan 2009 2:42pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

It is a great photo...but still I hate the treatment of animals, so this is bravo and so sorry

31 Jan 2009 2:51pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Excellent capture. Great processing.

31 Jan 2009 3:05pm

Lindsay from North Carolina, United States

Great stuff! Love it!

31 Jan 2009 3:58pm

Manuel from Spain

The most incredible thing is the compo. That looks like a movi scene!! ¡¡Accion!!

31 Jan 2009 4:46pm

Ajay from Pune, India

A little pitiful especially the expression of the calf's face. I hope there is a good reason behind it. I have also seen farmers holding there cattle is a what seems to be a cruel way but there is a reason behind it. Like you've may want to give him some medicine but of course, you can't tell him why medicine is need. He won't understand. You just have shove it up his mouth. There is no option.

31 Jan 2009 5:25pm

Terry H. from Azle Texas, United States

Great shot! I like the looks on the older cowboys. Took you guys long enough to get that little calf on the ground. Rolling rolling rolling Rawhide!

31 Jan 2009 5:48pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

perfect quote (again) for this image. I love that this image gives the viewer the idea this was from a different age yet is really "today". Wonderful capture.

31 Jan 2009 5:50pm

Roberta Murray from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Your work really is terrific. Not sure why you wouldn't have made it into C&I!

31 Jan 2009 6:00pm

@Roberta Murray: Just a lot of other really great stuff for competition.

Alphons from Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

A well composed picture of the real menwork. Well captured.

31 Jan 2009 6:10pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, FL, United States

Another splendid shot...we expect nothing less!!

31 Jan 2009 7:46pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

beautiful pictures, which takes us back to the westerns, I love these pictures!

31 Jan 2009 8:25pm

Marcie from United States

So...what do they do with him now that they've caught him? Not sure I want to know that answer. Love this series!!! So timeless - everything about it.l

31 Jan 2009 9:42pm

@Marcie: They brand, tag the ear, give them a shot and, if it's a bull, they will castrate with a band...don't ask me...

Pamela from Liskeard, United Kingdom

Superbly composed Suzanne, but the little calf's fear upsets me a bit. I hope it wasn't hurt :))

31 Jan 2009 9:55pm

@Pamela: They swear that the branding doesn't hurt...that it just singes off the hair. I'm not convinced but I'm not in the cattle business. Once it's all over and they return to their mamas, they seem to be fine.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Really well captured!

31 Jan 2009 10:49pm

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

The fear in the little girls eyes gets to my heart. A necessary ritual that has to be done, however. Great capture of the moment.

31 Jan 2009 11:41pm

vahid.s from hamedan, Iran

perfct light and color.very nice

31 Jan 2009 11:56pm

-1q5yChØt!c- from karaj, Iran

hunt ... cool shot like ever :)

1 Feb 2009 1:04am

Fishit from Tealtown, United States

Excellent action capture, the moment in time is well timed, nice work.

1 Feb 2009 2:51am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A super action shot. Your timing was perfect.

1 Feb 2009 3:12am

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

great series, great shot

1 Feb 2009 9:43pm

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

great capture!! it looks like it was staged. well done!

5 Feb 2009 11:58pm

Rags from Plano, United States

Amazing series.

24 Feb 2009 4:46am