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The Canadian Rockies were good to me this July... for those looking for a great time to see grizzly and black bears up close and personal, visit Banff, Jasper, and Radium Hot Springs in late June into early July during the explosion of dandelions. Surprisingly, bears just love them!

4 Pics in the following order... Grizzly Bear, Timber Wolf, Black Bear, and GBB
All images: Canon 7D + 300 f2.8IS at f2.8-f4 all uncropped and processed in Aperture 3.x for web output.
thanks for looking,
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Aug 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Good looking set! Love #3. Fluff adorned bear.


Aug 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Well, I must say you had a productive trip. All are pretty darn good and I like how you isolated the bears from the background with the shallow dof yet with excellent focus and sharpness. I am sorry to say I am emBEARassed about the last...but I guess that is how they got their name...that is grizzled fur I suppose on the bear's bottom. I always wrestle back and forth with leveling the shots...sometimes even when the animal was obviously walking up hill...so in this case accuracy trumps artistry (or something like that).
I would love to get some bear shots in the wild one of these days...I fully expect one to stroll into my backyard....I'm sure that will not make me very happy though.
Eric



Aug 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Excellent set of shots. Looks like you had a successful trip out west. The 3rd one is my fav.


Matt



Aug 26, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Outstanding shots. You must have been very close to get this tight a framing to these guys, not sure what #1's intentions were towards you and what your intentions were with #4 ;-).


Aug 27, 2012 at 12:32 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Very nice Bruce. I like them all, but 3 stands out for me ~ Ron


Aug 27, 2012 at 01:59 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


great set, #2 & 3 for me


Aug 27, 2012 at 02:00 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Very nice set, Bruce. I love the third shot. He looks so content.
Nancy



Aug 27, 2012 at 02:03 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


great set Bruce .. #3 for me also


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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Wonderful set Bruce ! Love 2 and 3.

Birdie



Aug 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Thank you to all who replied...
Just a bit of back story here. The wolf was a first for me. I have seen a few wolves in Alaska and Minnesota, but have yet to have a legitimate photo-opportunity. We were heading back from a long hike where we were photographing elk. As we made our way back to the campsite, I saw this wolf strolling along. At first I couldn't believe it and reacted slowly. As it approached, I grabbed the camera and just shot. I squeezed off 11 images total and got two that I liked. The wolf was trotting up hill and I did the best I could to keep it within the frame.

In response to "eyelaser," I tried leveling the shot but did not like the product... especially since I cut the rear leg off.

Once again, thanks for looking.
bruce



Aug 27, 2012 at 07:16 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


I tried leveling the shot but did not like the product... especially since I cut the rear leg off.

Hi Bruce,
Do you have Photoshop CS5? It has a neat feature "content aware fill".

I took your picture, and did ruler>rotate arbitrary to level it. I used the rectangular marquee to crop it, leaving some white areas outside of your image to the left. That left a white triangle in the upper left. I enclosed that with the rectangular marquee, and did fill>content aware to paint in black. There was a white area lower left, where the road should be. I used patch tool to fill that in. No need to cut the leg.

Just say so and I'll delete my entry into your thread.





still 4 legs




Aug 27, 2012 at 08:32 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Don,
Thanks for working a bit of photoshop magic on this! I forgot about content aware fill... I like the way this looks and will play with it a bit this evening.

While it might not seem like the wolf was on an inclined hiking trail, if you look at the background (out of focus trees) you will see that they are near vertical..., but it is possible that I did shoot off the horizontal as I was panning the wolf. Sadly, this animal did not stop and give me a stare. I tried to get it to look at me, but no luck... it was following a scent and completely uninterested in my presence!

thanks again,
bruce



Aug 27, 2012 at 09:14 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Very nice work Bruce I really like the comp of 1 & 3, with the fluff making 3 look downright silly. He sure looks like he got caught doing something he shouldn't have I must say the last is a first for me I'm looking forward to seeing more from this trip!

Tim



Aug 27, 2012 at 09:41 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


Very nice captures, Bruce.
I agree with others, #3 in that field of dandelion is a winner.
Nice use of DOF in all of them.
Chris



Aug 28, 2012 at 08:21 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


An excellent quartet, Bruce.
And the black bear munching dandelions is worth a good smile. Few adult wild bears ever look "cute," but blackies somehow can pull it off.
Charlie



Aug 28, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Bear - Wolf - GBB


The wolf image is my pick

Morris



Aug 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM





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