Archives for June 2011

Alaska Brown Bear Adventure…A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

After days of blustery weather it was a relief to awaken to a beautiful day. The water was smooth as glass and as we headed out, the reflections in the water were irresistable…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR

The skies were gorgeous adding to the beauty of the Alaskan Landscape…


Nikon D3X with AF-S 28-300mm VR (3 frame HDR)

It seems that the wildlife was as happy as we were for the break in the weather as we found subjects around every turn. From the eagle sitting on her nest…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-20E III handheld from the boat

To the harbor seals sunning themselves on the rocks…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II handheld from the boat


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II handheld from the boat

And the bears…we had several bear photo opps. A boar in pursuit of a female stopped to scratch his back on the branches of a bush…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

We worked a couple of boars in the sedges who were very nonchalant at our presence as they did their thing while we did ours…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-20E III

And, we found our faorite sow with her playful cub…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR


Nikon D3S with Af-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

All in all it was a great day in which I shot over 4000 images. No rain, pleasant temperatures and plenty of subjects to work. Stay tuned

Alaska Brown Bear Adventure…A Break In The Weather

After two days of being weathered in at the lodge, it was great to get back out in the bay to photograph. I only have a few minutes to post so, I’m going to have to let the photographs tell the story…


Nikon D3X with AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR and TC-20E III


Nikon D3X with AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR and TC-20E III


Nikon D3X with AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-20E III


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR

Alaska Brown Bear Adventure…Bears On The Beach

With gusty winds and pouring rain we were weathered in the lodge for the day. While I would love to be out shooting, it was nice to spend the day enjoying the comforts of the lodge and each other’s company. Everyone worked on their images, we relaxed and generally enjoyed ourselves. Then, later in the afternoon as the tide went out a pair of bears appeared on the beach and began to clam. Knowing the tides would drop even more, we waited and as hoped, they came our way. I quickly suited up in my waders, boots and jacket, grabbed my camera and walked down to the shore. The boar had already passed by but, the sow came along giving me an opportunity to grab a few quick shots before moving on down the beach…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

I watched as she wandered on and then turned and came right back towards me giving me a full frontal shot. I loved the way the mountains in the background faded away into the mist make the bear stand out against the background and the way the her elevated position on the beach put her right at eye level with the camera…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

When the boar realized that she hadn’t followed him, he turned around and came back down the beach with the sow right on his heals…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

The boar could smell something in the air and he followed his nose past me and off down the beach and into the brush disappearing from view…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

So, while we weren’t able to get out to find the bears today, there is often a likelihood that they will pass through near the lodge at some point during the day. I headed back to my cabin to change out of my wet gear, get comfortable and download the images. Stay tuned.

Alaska Brown Bear Adventure…HDR Pano

The view from my cabin is one I have never tired of in the nine years I have been coming to the lodge. This morning the skies were very nice, the tide was out and while I had my morning coffee, with camera in hand I decided to make a pano. The light was beyond the range that my camera could capture in on click so, I dialed in a five stop bracket and fired off three sets of frames panning from left to right. The 14-24mm is not my first choice of a pano as the extreme wide angle gives Photoshop a big job of merging edges that may be distorted. Knowing this, I shot wide so I could crop in on the area I wanted. My long lens was mounted on my tripod with the RRS gimbal head attached and I didn’t want to dismount it and change heads so, I simply shot handheld rotating my body with each new frame. It didn’t turn out half bad…


Nikon D3X with AF-S 14-24mm 2.8, 3 frames, 5 exposure bracket, handheld