Whenever I have a photo session in the swamps, forests, mountain... the wilderness, any season, any country, I press my speed dial to Mr. Eric Grossman (whenever Lana is gracious enough to lend him to me of course). If there's an analogy in the animal kingdom of a photographer, Eric would be a wolverine. Ready with his gears at a drop of the pin to take on another difficult or impossible photoshoot.
(He is the buddy that went with me to photograph the Space Shuttle Endeavor at Ellington Field)
Let me share some of his images with you.
He usually carries 3 bodies.
1. Canon 1D Mark IV mounted with a Canon 500mm f4 L IS USM + 1.4x mkIII on a carbon fiber Gitzo with a Wimberley head
2. Canon 1D Mark IV mounted with a Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS USM on a shoulder sling.
3. Canon 1D Mark III mounted with a Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L in a Gura Gear backpack.
My philosophy is going as light as possible, on contrary Eric wanted to be sure he got every shot he point his glasses, at any cost, at any weight! So he always hurl "a bus "with him.
He love his Gitzo Tripod, and the Wimberley head, while I swear by my Made in the USA Really Right Stuff Tripod and the Feisol U-mount. We still have argument from time to time, but never, ever over lunch or dinner.
Wildlife and Raptors are his specialty. This image above that he made in northern Canada last winter is of my all time favorite.
Thanks buddy for the fun, and cheers for many more to come!!