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on Jul 28, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

One day gone already?

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The big boys in full coats are rare at the falls today. A couple of the big boys while present have shed their beautiful winter coats and now are sleek eating machines. Of course that’s what they are supposed to be, but they just don’t have that classic bear look to them. This bad boy is an exception so I kept an eye on him throughout the evening. It was dark to be shooting action, this photo taken at 1/45 (ISO 100, I don’t crank up ISO). The one shot shooting of the D3x requires working Peak of Action which caught the head sharp, but the salmon is soft.

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The wind didn’t stop. During the night it blew and blew, some saying 70mph gusts. Other than some leaves falling on the tent, didn’t bother us. But it did kick up Naknek Lake into surfing conditions. And who took advantage of it? That’s right, the bears. We spotted this griz walking the shore and doing just that as we walked back to camp. I wasn’t able to get on the beach to get the surfing shot, the bear was too close and the Park Service keeps folks at a minimum of 50 yards from a bear. Oh well, the week is young and there are more pixels to fill. mtc

Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR on Lexar UDMA digital film