John Hyde lives where lots of wild things are -- namely Alaska -- and they have become the subject of many of the photographs he takes on expeditions into the wilderness. Wolves, bears, eagles, and whales cavort or strike stately poses in the images he captures. Hyde usually takes both a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and an EOS-1D Mark III when he goes out for a shoot. As he explains, it's good to have more than one camera body with a lens attached to reduce the necessity of changing lenses in the field. While he shoots with a broad range of lenses, including wide-angle optics that work well for scenic shots, he often uses long telephoto lenses to get close (optically, that is) to the animals and birds he photographs. Among his favorites are the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM, and EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM.