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The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range

Lovell, WY 82431, USA
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Wild Mustangs Lovell Wyoming United States

Wild Mustangs

The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range is home to a population of free-roaming mustangs, descendants of horses first brought to America by the Spanish. A century ago, these wild, or feral, horses could be found on both public and private land across the country, while today only a few refuges remain—including the Pryor Mountain Range, home to roughly 100 horses on some 40,000 acres.

I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to photograph these gorgeous animals. I kept a safe distance (the Bureau of Land Management requires visitors to remain at least 100 feet from the horses) and gave them time to adjust to my presence. I found a stable bit of dry ground to sit on, and pulled out my new Tamron 16-300mm. I knew the lens would give me all the zoom power I needed—on my Nikon D7000, the Tamron lens gives a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-450—but I wasn’t sure I’d have the lens speed given the fading light and speed of the horses. I shouldn’t have worried.

With my lens set to f/6.3 and my ISO cranked to 1000, I was able to shoot with a shutter speed of 1/50. With many telephoto lenses, camera shake would invariably find its way into the images. But not with this Tamron lens. The Vibration Compensation technology kept my images sharp, even when the light forced me down to a shutter speed of 1/50 and then 1/25 of a second. Without this lens, I wouldn’t have come away with this incredible memory of one of my favorite Wyoming road trips ever.