Pronghorn Antelope Buck

When I headed for the American west in the fall 1998, I hoped to see and photograph pronghorns. While I appreciate they are common enough, I had never seen one before. I was also excited in that this was the first trip for the "big" lens, the 800mm f/5.6 IF-ED Nikkor. While I was taking pictures of some does this little fellow approached me from behind. I had not been aware of his presence. He was already very close to me and came even closer . . . too close actually in that I had mounted a 1.4X extender on the 800mm and was photographing at an effective focal length of 1120mm! At his closest approach, I was not able to keep his entire head and antlers in the frame. This is a scan of the entire 35mm frame before he got too close.

The picture was taken in Custer State Park, South Dakota. While I saw many more pronghorns on the trip, none were more beautiful than, or as cooperative as, this fellow.


800mm F/5.6 Nikon with TC-14B Extender, Kodak Elitechrome 100

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