I’m sure many of you have seen the video of the African Antelope (Red Hartebees) take down the mountain biker during the race. If not I’ll put the video at the end of this post. Anyway, it reminded me of how fast the antelope is and of how I captured one on my camera when I was in Grand Teton National Park. I was with Jeff Clow’s Dirt Cheap Photo Tour group and we had just been shooting a herd of bison and horses. We got back into the vehicle and were mostly looking at the shots we had just taken when all of a sudden out of nowhere a pronghorn antelope came racing in front of the vehicle! Everyone was shocked at how fast it ran past the truck and out of nowhere. If you didn’t know the antelope is the fastest land mammal in the Western Hemisphere. It’s second only to the Cheetah, but can sustain higher speeds longer than the Cheetah.
Everyone was scrambling for their camera gear and I happened to be behind the driver’s seat and rolled down my window. The buck just happened to stop out in the field after it crossed the road for just a minute and it gave me enough time to shoot a few frames. We knew if we opened the doors it would take off. I think it was sheer luck I had my 100-400 lens on my crop body and was sitting with a perfect shot of the gorgeous antelope. Here’s the shot I captured.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus Lens
- ISO: 100
- Focal Length: 400 mm
- Aperture: f/5.6
- Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec.
- Post Processing: Aperture – Apple® – Sharpening, sized for the web, PhotoTune 3