Thanks for the great response on this section of the forum guys, this is going very well!
I know that several guys on the forum are photographers and are always looking for ways to improve. Would you ask the Eastman's;
1.) do they recommend any specific equipment, tripods, lenses, or camera bodies? ( I personally can't afford the big Prime lenses, so I went with a 100-400 EF 4.5-5.6, on a Canon 70D body)
2.) Do they do much off-season camera hunting in the areas they mean to hunt, or does that disturb the hunting country too much?
I know Mike is an exceptional photographer, are the rest of the family too?
Please thank them for me, they produce what I believe is the only really good hunting show on T.V. that recognizes "Fair Chase".
1.) I have several Canon 70D for wildlife and use a 70-200 2.8/f and the 100-400 EF 4.5/5.6 and a 5D mark III for landscapes along with a 17-35 2.8/f and a 35-105 4/f for setups and scenic. Its important to have a good tripod and head. I saved up and purchased "The Right Stuff" tripod and #55 head. It has worked well for me in some of the worst conditions all over the world. My suggestion is to purchase the best equipment you can afford and learn how to use it. Most people think that top of the line equipment means great photos but that's not the way it works. Learn animal behavior and also camera technique to get money shoots. You can find great blogs on outdoor photography and filming techniques online.
2.) I do some off-season camera hunting but more than that I don't go anywhere, even down to get the mail, with out my camera gear. In April of 2011 I was coming back from getting the mail down at the main highway. Suddenly in an opening I see a fox hunting mice under the spring snow. That photo won the 2012 National Geographic International Wildlife Award, so it pays to have your camera gear handy.
I'm probably the only one in the family who has the interest to spend a lot of time out just filming all year around. My father Gordon Eastman handed me a still camera with a 500 mm lens and told me to wander around Jackson Hole where I grew up taking photos of big game. 50 years later I still have a passion for finding that money shoot.
Thanks for the question Bob, and thanks for answering Mike!
What camera equipment, and techniques do you use?
I saw that photo, I believe...a red fox diving on a mouse under the snow. Great photo!! Thanks for the reply.
Im always curious to know how far mike or someone is from their subject (rams, bucks, elk, etc) distance wise when he takes his pictures.
I don't have an answer for that question, but I can see if Jon, one of our photographers can answer that question.
Me too. I've wondered the same thing.
I don't Break the rules, I Modify them.
I cannot speak for them, but when we visit Yellowstone those photographers have a lense that could count the rocks on the moon. They turn out some good wolf pics, they are easily 500 plus yards away...sometimes a lot further.
That's where those 5 digit lenses come into play and remotes. Or can drop to a slightly smaller faster lens.
You can rent them, but looking at roughly $100/day. A lot of my buddies use the 400 f/2.8L & 500 f/4L on their ranches to document their deer.