Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
20 Highway 14A East
Bighorn BabiesI’m a sucker for Bighorn sheep. Maybe it’s their clueless expressions, maybe it’s their curious nature, or maybe it’s their abject fearlessness that draws me in. Whatever the case may be, I love spending time with these animals. While hiking in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area I came across a small herd of sheep, made up mostly of juvenile females (the adults were off battling cougars, probably). I had been shooting landscape images with my new Tamron 16-300mm, and didn’t have any other gear with me. Not that I needed it—the Tamron had me more than covered.
In a few short minutes I was able to shoot a series of wide environmental portraits, close-ups, and mid-range images of the sheep. I didn’t have to change lenses once, which means I didn’t miss a single moment. Thanks in part to the Tamron’s lightweight and compact construction, I was able to do all of my shooting handheld, which allowed me to position myself around the sheep to get exactly the images I wanted. I was quite impressed by the Tamron’s ability to render smooth, soft backgrounds (known in photography terms as Bokeh) when using a large aperture relative to focal length, and still can’t get over how sharp all of my images turned out. Call me crazy, but I’m glad I got a Bighorn sheep in front of the Bighorn Canyon.