Wildlife Photographer Willis Chung left a scary scene with the proverbial seven colors at Yellowstone National Park, when a 1-ton bison came charging right at him. However terrifying such an experience may be, he did shoot one hell of an image to support his tale.
Imagine staring a 1-ton bull bison in the eye when he's bent on charging you out of his territory. It's undoubtedly food for a story a 56-year-old photographer from Denver will tell for some time to come. Chung experienced a close encounter with a bison while on a photography trip to the magnificent Yellowstone National Park. The bull gave little warning before charging in his direction, when the photographer was forced to leave his camera equipment.
After a dance around the tripod that must have felt lasting forever, he was able to capture additional stunning images of the bull kicking up dust in his natural habitat. One shot that captures the imagination is of the bison approaching Chung's gear from behind, where it looks like the horned beast is having a look through his photos on the LCD screen.
Chung, an experienced wildlife photographer, commented that he has never experienced such behavior before. After photographing wild animals for 44 years, it's the first time that he stared a bull in the eye with this intent in Yellowstone National Park.
Did you have any "close calls" with nature on your shoots? I've had a large group of curious wild horses sneaking up on me while shooting the night sky, a blind step next to a viper and lightning hit the very spot I had my tripod a few minutes ago. No pictures of any of those incidents though.
Pictures used with permission by Willis Chung.