conservation photography

#OurWild - My Story for Protecting Public Lands


The #ourwild campaign is about real people telling their public lands stories. This #ourwild video, produced by The Wilderness Society, is part of my public land story. I'm a father. I'm a hunter. I'm a photographer, friend and advocate for keeping the public domain in public hands. I am firmly against selling, or trading the public domain to the states. I'm not a preservationist, I'm a conservationist, which means I believe in using the natural resources, not locking them up. I also believe some places should be off limits to extraction. I'm for sensible, reasoned, and smart use of our public resources.

As a hunter and photographer, I support hunter education in the form of learning the history of conservation in America, in addition to how to be safe with a gun. For example, in order to bow hunt in Montana, during the early elk season, you have to have a special permit and pay an extra fee for it. In order to receive that permit you must go through an approved educational course that includes the history of conservation, the history of bowhunting, and the people who were instrumental in creating of the modern bow.

Conservation and resources management are more important than ever. Resources are limited and as we've seen our appetite, or demand for them is limitless. I believe that all children should be taught the history of conservation.

Conservation and Environmental Reading List

Here is a list of Authors, and titles worth reading.

Aldo Leopold - A Sand County Almanac

Rachel Carson - Silent Spring

Marc Reisner - Cadillac Desert

Henry David Thoreau - Walden

Wendell Berry - The Unsettling of America

James Lovelock - Gaia

Edward Abbey - Desert Solitaire

Vine Deloria - Spirit and Reason

#OURWILD Photographs

Please help by making your story known. You can also take action here, on the #ourwild page.  Leave a comment or share this post and together we can insure that our children have #ourwild. #keepitpublic


Tony Bynum

Photography With a Purpose - Oil Drilling on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation

The cell phone rang Thursday and on the other end was Leslie MacMillian a writer for the New York Times. She said she was interested in talking to me about my photography work and the map created by Stacy Dolderer, documenting the oil drilling on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. This has been an ongoing project for me since about 2010. There's no end in sight. The drilling continues with more wells near Glacier National Park planned. Read the full story: "A Snapshot of Drilling on a Park’s Margins"

drill rigs set up to frack oil on the blackfeet reservation with rising wolf mountain glacier national park, montana, usa  the background (Tony Bynum/

Tony Bynum

Montana Quarterly Features Critically Important Montana Conservation Photography Work

Stacey Dolderer and Tony Bynum spent the summer bouncing around the wide open prairie and badlands regions of Montana. They hiked across its dry, sun scorched dirt, around mountainous gumbo plateaus, and over grass sprinkled beaches of ancient ocean bottom while dodging rattles snakes and lizards in an area so vast the long-look includes both time and space. After the project was complete, award winning, Montana based author and publisher Scott McMillion, of Montana Quarterly contact us to talk about the details. Please download, from the link below, the short, well written essay, with Tony Bynum's photographs, courtesy of Montana Quarterly and Scott McMillion.  Tony is taking the details and explanation of this Montana conservation project and what it takes to cover millions of acres of the remaining, intact, open prairie and badlands, on the road across Montana from Billings and Bozeman, to Missoula, Havre and Helena, starting mid February 2013 (stay tuned for exact dates, times and places).


RIGHT HEREThe Road{less} Traveled


I hope to see you all very soon,


Tony Bynum



North American Wildlife Model - Shane Mahoney nails it . . .

I just decided to make this video required for anyone that desires to ever go to the field with me. If you desire beauty and wildness in our world, you must take what Mr. Mahoney has to say to heart. You be the judge. Take a little time out of you busy schedule and listen to him for the sake of our outdoor world and the critters that live in it...


Tony Bynum

Time Lapse Photography Video - Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Adding time lapse "video" into my outdoor photography routine brings a new dimension of creativity, one I enjoy very much. In this short time lapse video, I captured about 2000 frames of the clouds, sun and lake during one early morning adventure at Two Medicine Lake, in Glacier National Park. The time lapse took just over an hour to film and about that much time, maybe more if you count the time it took the computer to processes and export all the images, to create at home (not including upload to youtube). This time lapse of the sun rising on Sinopah Mountain, in Glacier National Park was created with a GoPro HD HERO2:  on a Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 6X Carbon Fiber Traveler 4 Section G-Lock Tripod for Cameras. I set the camera  to capture a frame every two seconds. Why two seconds? It seemed to be the right balance between frame rate and the movement in the water and the clouds. I added the GoPro Battery Bacpac just in case. Much to my surprise the GoPro eats battery's like you cant believe (I think it will run for an hour on a single battery, but just in case I always add the GoPro Battery Bacpac).

In this time lapse video, if you watch closely at the highest resolution, you might be able to see a bear come out of the bush and walk along the far shore in the middle center right of the frame.  Also, pay attention to the light coming and going on the mountains.

I created the final output using  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 and an editing program by the Photodex company called, Proshow Producer. Secrets of ProShow Experts: The Official Guide to Creating Your Best Slide Shows with ProShow 5.

Setting up the shot and getting the right kind of motion is the most challenging part of doing time lapse. The truth is you still have to get up, you still have to be there, you still have to have a compelling composition, so you still have to work hard!  The post processing is a bit more work, and the entire workflow can be shortened if you have a fast computer. If you dont, be prepared to wait awhile for the computer to process the images.  I generally shoot all my time lapse videos at the highest resolution I can that way I'll have more room and data to work with later.  You can shoot time lapse videos at a smaller resolution and that would help cut-down on the amount of time you're sitting at your desk, but you'll have fewer editing options.  

I'd like to thank my good friend, and fantastic artist for the music. If you're love Montana, and Glacier National Park, you'll love Jack's work. Head on over and pick up one of his CD's. Buffalo Cafe


Tony Bynum