Archives for September 2010

Bear Adventure DAy 4

With fall approaching and the salmon run nearing its end, we simply go to the river and watch the parade of bears come by to fish. In all we counted sixteen different bears today. Some came, fished and hung around and others simply passed through. It was awesome to spend another day with the bears…

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm VR, TC-17E II on Lexar Digital Media

Alaska Bear Adventure Day 3

We spent the day at the river working fishing bears. At one point we had seven bears spread out along the river fishing. There was a sow with cubs who we had the opportunity to work. After successfully catching five salmon mom and the cubs took a break…

We had a bear in a pool nearby who was trying without much success to catch fish and at one point he stopped and shook. With back lighting, the spray lit up…

Just as we were preparing to leave, the sow with cubs caught a fish point blank in front of us. what a great ending to an awesome day of bear photography…

With over three thousand images to download, I’ve got to get back to reviewing the day by editing my images. Stay tuned for more bear adventures.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm VR, TC-17E II on Lexar Digital Media

Alaska Bear Adventure

It’s great to be back in Alaska with an adventurous, fun loving group of photographers. And with all the enthusiasm they bring to the adventure it’s only right that we get the rewards of great bear photography. I’d say fishing bears at point blank range is a pretty darn good reward…

With only two days under our belt, our hard drives area already filling with amazing images to fuel memories of a life experience.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm, TC-17E II on Lexar Digital Media

Tech Tuesday…Vari ND Filter

I love the silky, blurred motion effect of moving water. When the light is low it’s easy to simply set my ISO to it’s lowest speed, close my aperture down and I have a slow shutter speed. But, there are times when I want the blur motion effect and the light is too bright. Enter the Singh Ray Vari ND

On a winter visit to Yellowstone National Park, we stopped to photograph Gibbon Falls and I wanted to blur the water. I set my ISO to it’s lowest speed, closed my aperture down to f22 and clicked the shutter…


1/20 sec @ f32

The result was not what I was hoping for. Now what…I already had my lowest ISO, my smallest aperture thereby giving me the slowest shutter speed I could get. No problem. I reached into my bag and pulled out the Vari ND, threaded it on to the front of my lens and rotated it until I had several seconds and clicked…


9 sec @ f32

Now that’s more like it! With seven stops of neutral density dialed in I was able to make the image that I had envisioned.