Kodiak Brown Bear captured by Z 9 / Z400f2.8 TC

As I sat there in that moment on a cold, hard, metal seat in the bottom of the boat, I was swept away by the moment! Before me is a mother Kodiak Brown Bear who had never seen me before just fifteen feet away. Behind her on the shore were her two, eight month old cubs doing those cute things cubs do so naturally. I couldn’t afford to burst out in the laughter that was inside as that would literally, rock the boat. The mom continued to snorkel as she caught salmon coming closer and closer with no hesitation. I had dialed in what I wanted for white balance, exposure compensation, shot at 400mm rather than 560mm and was as low in the boat as I could physically get. The moment, the experience, the encounter was perfection! It is one of many special memories critters have afforded me over the years. I am incredibly fortunate.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit … Wisdom is knowing not to use it in a fruit salad! You can point your lens and capture one background, repoint and reshoot to capture a subject and then point in another direction for another and then later, assemble the pieces to make one click. And a year from now after doing all of that, what will your memory of the moment, the photograph, bring to your heart? Photography is and will always remain the way we can stop time, capture memories. When you look back on your photographs that you cherish, you need to know what made that moment special!

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