Antelope Island Pronghorn Buck Portrait

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Pronghorn Buck Portrait

Pronghorn Buck – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited

Just a short post this morning, I’ll soon be heading out to hopefully find some birds to photograph. This image was taken on October 20th and I was quite tickled to get it. I used to dream about getting images like this one of Pronghorns when all I had was a simple Point & Shoot camera and I could never get close enough to the pronghorns to achieve my dreams. Now I can.

This Pronghorn was almost too close, I had to pull my zoom back to 200mm but with the 1.4x TC attached I got this at the equivalent of 280mm. I didn’t have time to take off my TC or grab my backup D200 with the 18-200mm VR lens on it so I opted for portrait shots since I could not get full body.

To me; Pronghorns are majestic animals and in my heart they symbolize “Freedom” as much as the Bald Eagle. Wild, free roaming and a delight to see and photograph.

What a handsome animal.



  1. Sam November 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    And you managed a really great portrait shot so I wouldn’t be too concerned you didn’t get the body. I have the opposite problem with my 17-85mm lens, until I save up and purchase a telephoto I struggle to capture the detail and depth of field effect that you’ve done so well on this shot. Keep capturing.

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by Sam. This shot could have been accomplished with an 18-200mm lens or even a point & shoot with some zoom. I just adore Pronghorns.

  2. Chuck Gangas November 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Mia-seeing this magnificent animal up close is quite a treat. I look for them every time I get out West but have never had a close view of the animal. What a beautiful creature and a superb image.

  3. Skip Harris November 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Mia, I just love the the colors in this image. I agree these animals are a great symbol for freedom. I like the eye lashes also. I will probably never see one but you have provided me with a nice image to remember. Thanks.

    Skip Harris

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      Skip, thanks for stopping by again. Maybe one day you will visit Utah and see these beautiful creatures. I love their eyelashes too!

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