Tony Bynum shares a common passion; a huge passion...

Tony Bynum shares a common passion; a huge passion; one for big mountains, big sky, big country and big animals.  Tony is a professional photographer based in East Glacier Park Montana who captures wildlife and the mountains with a lens of true authenticity, images that so many of us long for in the off season and appreciate so much during the fall.

I have had the pleasure to become friends with Tony after we began to talk about his work, gear, hunting and mountains.  Tony and I worked together to pick “THE” photo from his portfolio that depicts KUIU for World Headquarters.  We went big, with an 8′ wide cinema print on canvas.  As you can see in the video link it is going to be spectacular!  We will proudly have this image on display and look forward showing it to you when it arrives in a couple of weeks.

Do yourself a favor and go to Tonys website and enjoy his portfolio.  Amazing stuff.

Jason

This article has 15 comment(s)

  1. Tom Ryle

    Tony is the real deal and his images are simply stunning. His contribution to KUIU headquarters evokes the very essence of mountain hunting. Now I want one for my house!

    -Tom

    • Jason Hairston

      So well said Tom! I cannot wait to proudly hang this art here at KUIU. The very essence is so true.

      J

  2. Jake Abbott

    That photo is an absolutely stunning photo.

    I wish it was in my house!

  3. Mark

    Tony is absolutely the real deal, and a great guy to work with as well. I got a chance to interview him, here:

    bit.ly/tbynum

    Jason, great choice on the image – it fits the KUIU brand perfectly!

  4. Curt Cabrera

    Perfect!

  5. Craig Germond

    Very nice picture! It’ll catch the eye of anybody coming by your headquarters that’s for sure. In my opinion sheep are true spirit of the mountain hunter at heart.

  6. beau purvis

    Took a quik look. Really,really like the 2nd photo in running of horses!
    Also, he has some great side views of pintails in flight. I would love to have some locations to get some of those shots!!
    Thanks for the link.

  7. Tony Bynum

    Hello fellas!

    Jason, thanks for introducing me to the guys on the KUIU blog. It looks like at least a couple are not strangers, small world . . . I want to say a couple things I feel are important. First, nothing I do means much, well except to maybe my mother, if no one looks and no one buys. Images on my hard drives are just data. I owe whatever success I’ve earned to the people that find some meaning in my images. I always tell people, “I shoot what I shoot, I’m just lucky that some people are willing to pay money for my images.” That’s a fact. I go where my heat and mind takes me and photograph things in ways that I want to remember them. I’m kinda selfish in that way, I don’t chase what the next guy is doing, I shoot with my purpose in mind.

    Second, when it comes to making a living in the outdoor communications business, you have to be prepared to go higher, go farther, stay longer, and simply go when other’s are staying. I like to say that in this business you’re doing one of two things but not both; you’re sitting at the table with a fork and a knife licking your chops, or you’re on the menu, that’s it, you decide!

    For that reason I’m always pushing to find something that will allow me to do my job better. I don’t care if it’s a boot lace, or a new lens, if it helps me do my job better I’m on it! In life there are no “do-overs” and some errors can be fatal. In order to increase my chances of success, and reduce the risks to me, I have to make sure that everything I have or use operates at peak performance 100% of the time.

    Next, no one will win a gold buckle if they only get-on-um at the county fair. Nothing against county fairs, but the truth is winning a gold buckle takes hard work, travel, practice, dedication, heart, and try and a whole lot of try! Where I come we help each other win and by doing that we all move up together – but if you want win that gold buckle you’re going to have leave the rez. While on the trail, sometimes you will win and take home the check, and sometimes I will win, but at the end of they day we’re both winners and neither of us could have done it without the help of the other – it’s attitude and partnerships.

    Sounds like hunt’n don’t it . . .

    Just ask my traveling partner Rod Sinclair – he’s about as winning as they come – how much time I spend messing around make sure things are going to work – I’m checking everything from what’s on my feet to what I put my coffee in, there just is absolutely no room for error. Is it hard work – yes, does it get annoying – yes, does it matter – no, it does not matter because it is what it is – photography is what I do, there is no other way, no other option, no other path, no other route, it’s up the side, around the ridge, or over the top and down the other that makes me happy.

    I’m honored to have teamed up with KUIU to produce this image for their corporate office. I’m grateful that there are guys like Jason who understand the value of pushing harder, staying longer, going when other’s choose to sleep in, and teaming up. Thanks KUIU, Tom, Mark, Curt, Beau, and Jake for the kind words – not get your ass’s back to work!

  8. John B

    Love it! I want to know Camera / Lens and the story of how he got the shot!
    KUIU gear will probably help him get closer!

  9. LEE JOHNSON

    Great choice Jason. I have been enjoying Tony’s work for years.
    I got my first shipment of the new gear yesterday,awesome!

  10. Tony Bynum

    camera – nikon: d300, (i like the “extra” reach that it gives me with the digital crop factor of 1.5)
    lens – nikon 200-400 f4 afs @ f5.6 zoomed to 400 – with a digital crop factor that’s a 600mm picture window. Crop factor is not magnification, it just make the area that the camera captures smaller relative to the subject.

    Rutting sheep or insane and at the peak of the rut they forget their brains and think only with their reproductive organs . . . therefore, they are much less interested in escape thus they are more approachable. This particular shot came from a series I took while photographing sheep in montana. Whenever i get the chance – which is not all that often even though I “shoot” sheep about 45 days or more a year – I zoom tight when the sheep come close. I let the sheep decide that. I just get in a location that gives me the best opportunity to catch them doing interesting things. I dont pressure them because i want them giving me the natural shots. Then it’s just a matter of time, some planning and having your gear, your eye, and your finger ready to shoot at any second. I spend way more time peering through the camera and lens than i do actually shooting . . . kinda like waiting for the target to enter the cross-hairs . . .

    Cheers!

  11. Daniel

    That pic is like the subject. Majestic and magnificent. Makes me want to sit and admire my trophy ram at home and remember how thankful I am to have experienced the opportunity.

    • Jason Hairston

      Thanks Daniel for the comment.

      J

  12. Justin Larsen

    I am in awe of Tony’s photographs each and every time I see them. I am wondering if Tony would be interested to tag along on my once in a lifetime Dall sheep hunt this fall in the TOK management area of eastern Alaska? It would be a great chance for him to get some truly great dall sheep pics and KUIU gear in action. Justin.

    • Tony Bynum

      @ Danial, great thoughts, you’re a fortunate man to have such a majestic animal to look at, in your home everyday! Congratulations.

      @ Justin, thank you for your support and for taking an interest in my imagery! The trip to TOK sounds very interesting, shoot me an email and lets talk . . .

      Thanks for all the remakes folks, doing what you love is never work, it’s life, and we are living it!

      Tony