Thursday, January 14, 2016

Blondes Have More Fun

Early morning at one of the best grizzly bear locations in Alaska. This blonde beauty was out for a stroll, searching for some tasty salmon for breakfast. Grizzlies have such appealing faces, especially the coastal bears in Alaska. Since there is plenty of food in these rich waters, they are perfectly content for us to be there photographing them, and they barely pay any attention to us.

We go out each day in ATVs with all our gear and a superb driver / guide. He gets us in the best position for good backgrounds and good light on the bears.

We are able to get safely close enough to not need huge, heavy long lenses. I use a 100-400mm zoom with a 1.4x extender and that provides a great range for both full-body and close-up shots. The lens is light enough that I can hand hold it for long periods of time if necessary, although I always have a tripod with me as well.

For wildlife photography, this is the best of the best. We stay in a classic Alaska lodge with beautiful rooms and great meals. We are driven to the bears each day, and do not have to carry our gear. The light is beautiful at any time of day, and the bears are very cooperative.

If this appeals to you, join me in Alaska for the BROWN BEAR BONANZA photo tour, September 3 - 9.  The trip is already half-full, so don't delay if you want to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. Details are on the website here

Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec.  Aperture f.8.  ISO 800.  Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II + Canon 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 560mm.  Camera: Canon 7D Mark II.  Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff ballhead and Wimberley Sidekick.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an adventure is going to happen."  --A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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