September 22, 2008
BuckTracker: Picture Perfect
By Scott Bestul
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to shoot a great harvest picture. Heck, you don’t even need a great big deer to make a picture pop. All you need is a nice setting (not your garage or the back of a bloody pickup), a willing shutterbug, and a little extra time. The effort is worth it. Taking a nice field photo can honor the deer better than taxidermy, and it makes for memories you can’t re-create.
Here are a few hints. Wear your hunting clothes. Find a spot that reflects the area you killed the deer. Clean the animal up if it’s bloody (a towel soaked in water does the trick) and, if possible, drag it to a small hump or ridge so the photographer can get slightly lower than the hunter and the deer. Shoot the rack from several angles to capture the buck’s best side. Smile if you can (or at least don’t scowl like a macho man acting like he does this every day and needs to get back to kickin’ butt and takin’ names).
The photos featured in this post are from my friend Ross Greden, who is a hard-working dairy farmer and family man that squeezes in bowhunting into the little time he has. Last week he shot his biggest buck to date, and made the effort to shoot some great field photos. These are great examples of what I'm talking about. Enjoy!
Oh, and please send us yours when you take ‘em!