28 Jul Bighorns and a Big Lens

Source: Little Big Travelling Camera

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (301.1mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO200)

Sometimes all you need is luck and a long lens. And to stand up early helps too.

This is our third time in the Valley of Fire State Park and the second time that we had the chance to see wildlife.

After an early breakfast we left Las Vegas at sunrise. Just after we paid the entry fee I spotted the first bighorn sheep right opposite of the parking lot. Four big rams. Yes, that’s what male bighorn sheep are called, also the name of the trucks from Dodge. First I spotted only the one in front of the bush and then I realised that there are three more slightly behind. I was lucky that two of them looked straight at me before the slowly walked off.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (290.6mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (25.7mm, f/9, 1/250 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (153.3mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO1000)

I already considered us lucky but after a short drive there was even more. Some more females just beside the road and literally on the road. As mentioned above luck and a long lens is all it needs.

But when I look at the Exif data I realise that for almost all images the small, light and super cheap Fuji 50-230 would have been enough. I still think the 50-230 is the bargain of the century. It’s slow because of its aperture and it’s also slow to focus but the optical quality is not that bad

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