Behind the Bull Scenes…
We are getting into the swing of bull sale season here at the moment. As we have a Brangus stud, we usually prepare a few select bulls to take to a breed sale in Rockhampton each year.
One of my major tasks (besides all the stud and measures paperwork) is to take photos of the bulls.
Now you might think ‘Oh, that should be EASY for her. After all, she takes photos ALL the time, and she is around cattle so much. Easy, peasy!’
Bull sale photos are VERY particular. Feet in certain positions. Head in certain position. Probably boring to the average Joe (or Joanne) but vital for us beef-breedin’ types.
And bulls (especially when they are not led and ‘positionable’) tend to be ornary creatures. I suspect it’s all that testosterone. (Girls, tried getting the blokes in your life to pose lately? I rest my case.)
Let me show you a few variations on ‘I don’t feel like standing JUST SO today’…
First of all, the hunger and a photobombing horse get in on the act…
They seem loathe to leave their tucker… even when Cal POLITELY points out the general direction we need them to stand…
Mr Incredible even ‘walked that way’ to give them the idea…
They finally follow the hints, but walking and STOPPING in the right spot are two different things!
Nice one. Shame about the ear covering the eye and the photobombing ute in the background (can’t blame anyone but me there.)
This guy is quite sure this is his best angle. I got to see quite a bit of it (you think he’d wipe before a photoshoot, wouldn’t you?)
And this guy?
He’s got a very cute profile and he knows it. If he had opposable thumbs and a smartphone, he’d be using this as his ‘selfie’ for sure!
Bulls, like young humans of the same relative developmental age, have quite short attention spans.
FIGHT!! Even the waving stick and the purposeful boots in the background didn’t convince them to let up straight away…
Eyeballing each other UP CLOSE.
Which is fun for blogging pics, but not really what I needed for SERIOUS bull photos.
I did manage to get a couple of usable shots from the afternoon… I wore out the patience of one husband and one jackaroo in the meantime though!
Here is how it was SUPPOSED to look:
Our Hamburg(lar). FINALLY posing up a storm. (It lasted about 3 seconds, I reckon).
So there you go. Behind the scenes at a Big Bull Photo Shoot. Don’t say I don’t bring you variety here!