Photography Inspiration comes from all kinds of places. Even from people you may not know.
Sometime in early April 2016 I received a letter in the mail. I checked the address, it was from a person I did not know. What makes that worth a blog post? This was a handwritten letter from a “friend” I’d never met.
The envelope contained several postcard photos. On the back of one was a handwritten note. It read,
Thank you for being such an inspiration!
Seeing your work has inspired me to use my voice & platform as an artist, to be an advocate for Hunting and Conservation.
There was also an invitation to attend Joe’s, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in Greenville, North Carolina.
I’m often asked about what I did to “make-it” in the photography world. Most of the time I reference something very simple, like, “I just do what motivates me.”
Thank you Joe Mannino,
“National Parks Adventure” filming on location in Glacier National Park – what it was like. Packing a million dollar camera down a rough trail, by hand, in the middle of darkness for a one minute movie clip may seem extreme. Maybe so, but this shoot was for the just released, IMAX film, “National Parks Adventure.” […]
I’ve mentioned micro four thirds, aka “mirrorless,” in previous posts. As fast and as far as technology has taken imagery, there still are trade-offs no matter the type of photography you choose. 35mm digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLR), along with crop sensor DSLR’s are used by most outdoor photographers due to their size, availability, quality […]
The Ansel Adams Act of 2015. H. R. 5893. To restore the First Amendment Rights of Photographers. Man photographing Glacier National Park winter scene. The Ansel Adams Act would return restore first amendment rights to photographers on public lands. ©tonybynum.com Exert from the bill: “Prohibition on Fees, Permits, or Insurance.–No Federal Government agency shall require fees, permits […]
2014 is history. It’s been a great outdoor photography year – I’m blessed. What makes a great outdoor photography year? To start, both myself and my family all are happy and healthy. Beyond that, the rest was about the experience of the adventure and living life to it’s fullest. In brief, here are a few […]
Photography quotes help to remind us of the most important aspects of photography. I’m always trying to distill photography down to as simple a terms as I can. Having rules and remembering small anecdotes and quotes helps me stay focused. There is one quote that stands out to me, more than any other. I”ll share it […]
I arrived at the lake. Calm morning, no wind, perfect reflection, great light, nice color, no people, just what makes my office so desirable! But wait. The clouds. The clouds were covering the peak of Sinopah Mountain. Oh shit, now what? I was ready to pack it in and go home. I’m one for breaking photography […]
I have to share an article about drones and photography, but before I do, I’ll make a comment or two. After using drones on and off for about a year now, I can say that they offer an amazing new way of capturing a scene or event that before was only the domain of the most […]
We are photographers because it is who we are. I have run across few things that explain the details as well as Dave Black, Robert Beck, George Karbus do in this video by Cory Rich. If you are a photographer, you might not be able to get through this without sharing Dave’s reaction yourself. Don’t blame […]
You have until Friday evening to get your bids in for two days of private photography with Montana Photographer, Tony Bynum. Tony Bynum is donating two days of private, one-on-one photography to the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Anyone can bid. Better hurry, winner awarded Friday night, […]
People from around the “The Crown of the Continent,” gather once a year to share their stories of conservation, life, and the challenges facing the geographic region. The Crown of the Continent, called by the Blackfeet, “the backbone of the world,” is locationd in Northwest Montana, and Southwest Alberta, Canada. People come from all parts […]
Winter on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, in the small town of East Glacier Park, Montana, is known mainly to the few people that make this place their home, and a few travelers. Life in East Glacier Park is nothing like life in the more well known and often cited West Glacier (the […]
The secret to good outdoor photographs starts by taking more of them! Consistently good outdoor photographs are the results of practice, hard work, and a commitment to a goal. Make this years goal be, take more outdoor photographs! Outdoor photography to most means nature photography. Wildlife, landscapes, etc. But, outdoor photography can be any photograph […]
Is there a future as a professional outdoor photographer? As a professional outdoor photographer, I think about the future of outdoor photography, and where the art or profession is headed as a way to make a living. I’m asked questions like, “aren’t you afraid that you wont be able to make money,” and “what about […]
Montana Photographer Tony Bynum Interview – Exhibitions without Walls – “images should stand on their own.”
Montana Photographer, Tony Bynum sat down recently with Ed Wedman, creator of “Exhibitions without Walls,” a website dedicated to showcasing unique digital talent from around the world, for a short interview. Exhibitions without Walls, also operates a fantastic juried competition with some great prizes! Here’s the link to the Tony Bynum interview http://www.exhibitionswithoutwalls.com/tony-bynum-2/
It looks like the day has finally come, an adventure, outdoor camera with interchangeable lenses and RAW file format! Are you kidding me? Nope – according to Nikon, it’s on the way. The Nikon 1 AW1 is the first waterproof, dustproof, freeze rated, interchangeable lens digital camera ever made. I’m excited. I’ve been waiting for […]
While I was home briefly, I made some time to take the MindShift Rotation 180 photography backpack to the field for an authentic, live test. The Mindshift Rotation 180 backpack was developed though a crowd soured model – very cool concept! Think Tank is the parent company to MindShift and the Rotation 180 is really […]
If you want to consistently capture great nature photographs, the following rules apply. . . 1. Great Nature Photographs come from getting up early and/or staying late – not even Photoshop can make this rule go away; 2. you must use good technique and quality lenses; 3. great Nature Photographs mean you can’t be afraid […]
Wildlife Photography – Glacier National Park New Wildlife Photography and Viewing Policy is Unrealistic
Most people enjoy wildlife photography. In fact, the chance to see and maybe photograph wildlife is among the top reasons people go to Glacier National Park. Are you aware that there are new viewing rules in place than may surprise you? Today, wildlife viewing and wildlife photography may be a bit more challenging based on […]
Ring, ring, ring – “hello.” “Hi, my name is Harry, I love your photographs, I’m planning a trip in July to photograph wildlife, can you tell me where is a good place to find mountain goats?” My first reaction is usually a deep sigh, followed by, “July is not a good time to photograph mountain […]
My answer, a true legend in the outdoor media world. Marty Stouffer is at least partly responsible for inspiring me to become a nature, wildlife, conservation and commercial outdoor photographer! As much as I like to think that my inspiration came completely from the heart, I must admit it did not. The passion, commitment and motivation comes from there, but the inspiration […]
Montana Nature Photographer Tony Bynum and Science Teacher Stacy Dolderer Dive Deep into the Montana Prairie in Search of Wilderness Characteristics
When Erin Madison, (@GFT_EMadison) outdoor writer for the Great Falls Tribune (@GFTribue) called us to do an interview about the Montana prairie project we worked on recently, we were happy to say yes! As many of you know, my partner Stacy Dolderer and I spent several months bouncing around the prairie lands of Montana last summer. […]
I finally found what I think is the holly grail of photography in the words of Antonin Kratochvil – “You should never use camera to make your pictures. You use yourself, your experience, to make the pictures with the camera. Not the other way around.” For years I’ve been trying to put this concept into words. I’ve […]