A Walk with the Bears 400 2.8 afs

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Creative Edge, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Headed up to Minnesota for a week to photograph black bears in the wild.
    All photos taken with the 400 2.8 afs
    all these photos are of bears in the wild, not in captivity.

    taken at sunrise in fog
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    bear stood up to get a better look at me in one of the trails
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    too close for comfort
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    my favorite are the cinnamon colored bears, also taken at daybreak
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    Curious little guys..
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    hiding in the forest
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    a hike with the 11-16
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    and finally ...a sad reminder of man's presence..
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    still going over images.. photographed coyotes, deer and beavers..
     
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  2. itsmike

    itsmike

    Mar 2, 2008
    Greenlawn NY
    Nice set..

    #1 is a Big Bear! I would have gotten the Hell outta there! Scooby Doo style running on water..
     
  3. Doug

    Doug

    Jan 17, 2006
    East TN
    1 does look like a 500 pounder! GRRRR!

    Nice black bear, nice black bear...

    running not good idea. He can outrun you.

    Great set!
     
  4. TimK

    TimK

    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    I hope you were not biking when you see them!

    Last month when I was in Yellowstone and Grand Teton a black bear and a Brown bear were right next to our car. I cannot focus with the 80-400 because they were too close!
     
  5. Great set Michael! Can't wait for more.
     
  6. madone

    madone

    268
    Jan 9, 2006
    Connecticut
    400 2.8 afs huh? Still to close for me :eek: 600 with a 2x teleconverter maybe..

    Great photos, especially love the last one "man's footprint"
     
  7. michael, what an awesome series
    that second shot is truly incredible

    thank you for sharing these
     
  8. kiwi

    kiwi

    Jan 1, 2008
    Auckland, NZ
    very nice to see the wild, and yes, too close for my chickn legs too
     
  9. lazijay

    lazijay

    659
    Jul 27, 2008
    Salinas, CA
    Pictures are amazing. I especially like the "Shall We Dance?" one.
     
  10. Very nice set, Michael. It must have been thrilling to get these. Nice compositions too. Looking forward to more from your trip.
     
  11. All stunning. Great work.
     
  12. Very nice images. So cute and sooooo deadly. Very nice color, saturation and contrast.
     
  13. Hotplate

    Hotplate

    300
    Oct 23, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Great shots... that first bear does indeed look HUGE.
     
  14. Very nice series of shots, but a little too close for my comfort.
     
  15. Just outstanding Michael, WOW!
     
  16. GeeJay

    GeeJay

    Jan 26, 2005
    Florida
    How far away were you? Great shots and very interesting!
    They definitely know you're there looking at them.
     
  17. cleoent

    cleoent

    Dec 21, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Great shots!

    My favs are the two cubs and mans footprint!

    I dont know if it's bad form to ask, but how prepared were you to get the hell out of dodge if one of those guys decided he wanted a snack? Did you have an atv or something, tranq gun? Someone you didn't like close to you to throw in front of you?
     
  18. Fantastic shots :smile: I'm afraid I would have suffered from severe camera shake :biggrin:
     
  19. general

    general

    Apr 30, 2005
    Nebraska
    Bears

    Michael,

    Fantastic photographs as always from you. Were these taken near Orr?
     
  20. I think the second photo would have been helped if you moved in closer and used a little fill flash. :smile:

    Great shots.

    Barry