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Photographing Mongolia: Nomads and Eagle Hunters

Journey through Mongolia’s vast lands with travel photographer Joseph Mak and get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the world-famous nomads and eagle hunters. 

EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, 16mm, ISO1000, 1/1250sec, f/8

Far west in the Altai region, where a horizon of rocky cliffs and barren grounds meet the eternal blue sky, the famed eagle hunters of Mongolia live in ways city-dwellers cannot imagine. Money is merely a concept, and survival is dependent on the sustenance that the earth provides. 

EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, 17mm, ISO1600, 1/1600sec, f/11

The Mongols are the epitome of resilience, a people hardened by the trials that have been faced by their ancestors. Through harsh winters and blistering summers, they have been conditioned to brave the elements as single unit with one goal in mind: survival. 

EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, 16mm, ISO100, 1/1000sec, f/4

Wondering what it would be like to walk a mile in their shoes? Now, if only for a moment, you have the chance to experience a life untethered to the trappings of the modern world. 

EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, 35mm, ISO500, 1/500sec, f/9

Watch the video here: 

EOS 5D Mark IV (Body)


EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM


Joseph Mak

Photography is not just about having the best equipment or the latest gadget. It’s about seeing things around us. Everyone has a different perspective of things, and each views the same subject matter differently. It is always very interesting to see the different perspectives recorded in photographs, and I will always try to understand what story each photographer is trying to tell from their photographs. My style of photography is to keep it simple and clean. The key element in the photo is to be able to tell a story of the scene. Photography is an art of visual storytelling, rather than snapping a photo by itself.

Every photographer ought to be respected for the work they produce, because each photograph taken by them reflects his own unique personality.


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