Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Fort Smith, MT 59035, United States
High HorseI find it incredible just how much room for artistic expression I have when shooting with the new Tamron 16-300mm all-in-one zoom. I can shoot exceptionally wide panoramas one minute, classic portraits the next, and even wild moments if I happen to be in the right place at the right time. The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area happens to be a very wild place, and Pryor Mountain happens to be full of wild horses. Not a bad place to flex a bit of creative muscle.
The incredible 18x zoom capabilities of this new Tamron lens allowed me to observe the horses from a distance without disturbing them, which meant that I was in position to capture some iconic Mountain West images I’ve always wanted for my portfolio. Initially, this horse was curious, and came close enough that I needed a wide-angle lens. But when he grew bored (likely realizing I had no food for him), he wandered off. Since I didn’t have to worry about swapping between lenses, fixing equipment to a tripod, or making any sudden movements, I was ready to photograph this gorgeous animal as it walked into the great white beyond.
The lens performed admirably in tough conditions. Light was fading quickly, which meant I needed a high ISO (2000) to compensate for a shutter speed (1/800 sec) that would freeze any of the horse’s motion. The Tamron’s incredible Vibration Compensation system helped make sure that even at 300mm—equivalent to 450mm in 35mm camera terms—things were smooth, steady, and sharp.