February 7, 2014

Ahead of the Herd

Photograph by Alexander Stepanenko, National Geographic Your Shot

"I've been working on a photographic survey, 'The Saami of Russia,' for 22 years (since 1991)," writes Your Shot contributor Alexander Stepanenko. "This picture was taken on black-and-white film in April 1996 near Murmansk." Stepanenko explains that herders were attempting to drive the reindeer into a corral. He captured this shot while riding on a sledge that was leading the reindeer in the foreground. "Fascinated by shooting," he says, "I almost fell off the sledge." Stepanenko's photographs documenting Russian village life are highlighted in the new Your Shot feature Long Lens.

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52 comments
bhawna gulati
bhawna gulati

Perfect settings used, picture taken very well.... 

paulette Colson
paulette Colson

trop triste et trop beau.Je n'avais jamais vu non plus autant de rennes ensemble !

Rajesh Pathak
Rajesh Pathak

Good shot in difficult weather it seems. Interesting.

Alexander Stepanenko
Alexander Stepanenko

Thank you very much! I try to make my site in English (put language switch). In the meantime, you can use Google translator - at least the approximate meaning of the text. Good luck!

Ivan Lesica
Ivan Lesica

This is absolutely fantastic !! One of the best  (if not the best) Winter shot I have seen this year..... Love it !!

eqn lee
eqn lee

I  think this would be the picture of the month. It's so artsy!

water bird
water bird

Thank you Alexander Stepaneko for sharing these photos and for nat geo for not only highlighting it in this section but evolving the your shot feature with LONG LENS!   Amazing photographs of alexander  that sum up a world of emotions but also radiate resiliance  and real character and hope woven in.   i wish i could read russian to have a bit more background when linking into  the  website .

B. Plummer
B. Plummer

I think a picture such as this can only be appreciated in black and white. The sheer magnitude of the frozen landscape and vast number of reindeer is amazing.


Alexander Stepanenko
Alexander Stepanenko

Thank you very much! My photos can be seen on YOUR Shot and my site www.foto-sam.ru

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

I don't think that I have ever seen so many reindeer in one photo before. Very nice capture. I do love black and white though. 

Oybek Kxoliyorovich
Oybek Kxoliyorovich

у нас тоже в кишлаке, стада баранов гуляют на снигу

Ursula Easterbrook
Ursula Easterbrook

They look cold - just about the kind of weather we're expecting!

Terri Gott
Terri Gott

What a wonderful photo, would love to see the reindeer in person....

Aldo C.
Aldo C.

This is a leader. Great picture.

ana pego
ana pego

I like the movement inside black-wight

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

"Way ahead of the rest" What a great black and white photograph,that really takes one 'into'it. As always a big thanks to the man behind the shot. Theres a lot to be said for not having color in scenes like this one bringing impact to to the eye. So thank you a lot.  j.e.s.   

Alexander Stepanenko
Alexander Stepanenko

Thank you very much! My photos can be seen on YOUR Shot and my site www.foto-sam.ru

Debbie Jackson
Debbie Jackson

I saw your picture within the hour you posted it. What a magical moment this must have been for you back in '96. thanks for sharing this! 

Jude Wills
Jude Wills

wonderful image,  Alexander ...really love it

Janice H.
Janice H.

Awesome and beautiful!         Reindeer.........could almost be the North Pole!

Sue Marshall
Sue Marshall

I love this photo; Its natural contrast of grey scale and the faith and anticipation captured in the herd'eyes and folowing.  

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

I imagine you were leading them with hay on the sledge.  Beautiful photo.  Yesterday was 24 degrees below zero and my poor horses looked this miserable even though they had blankets on.

Jan K.
Jan K.

Rudolf is leading the herd

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