Some Crazy Brown Bear Encounters (4)
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Tin Man Lee
Registered: Feb 09, 2012
Total Posts: 114
Country: United States

Hi guys, this is my first post, nice to meet you all.

I was fortunate enough to meet or talk to quite a few of you FMers which helped me a lot. Really thankful for that.

I am posting 4 pics from my recent trip to Katmai National Park. I was with a small group of photographers led by Chas Glatzer. We have been searching for brown bears for days and finally found a good spot. The water almost reached my chest as I was kneeling down to get a better angle. The water was freezing cold. But I wasn't sure if the uncontrollable shivering of my body and my teeth was due to the ice-cold water or the fear of facing the mighty wildlife right in front of us.

Enjoy!

All the pics were taken with a Canon 1D Mark IV and 500mm F4 on a RRS tvc-33 tripod and Wimberley II head. ISO 800, 1/1600s, and between f5.0-f8 depending on the light as it was overcast but the light kept changing that day.

By the way, I recently started a facebook page at www.facebook.com/TinManPhotography to post pics and share my travel experience. Please feel free to add me.



tfoltz
Registered: Jul 08, 2008
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Welcome to the forum Tin great action series, looks like it was an excellent experience

-Tim



eyelaser
Registered: Oct 29, 2005
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Now that's an impressive first post...great shots and well worth the cold water bath!
Welcome to the forum.
Eric



surfnron
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Welcome Tin! The first two shots are over the top. The others are just great. ~ Ron



acoll123
Registered: Jan 23, 2012
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Awesome!



jodelak
Registered: Oct 25, 2009
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Excellent action series. Were the brown bears playing? Or fighting for those salmons?



Rob Tillyer
Registered: Nov 17, 2007
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Welcome aboard, great action.

Rob



KCollett
Registered: Jul 02, 2010
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Welcome to the board! Those is one kick-arse crazy good set. #1 is stupendous. Great peak of moment shot, as are 3 & 4. Really enjoyed the set.



hnilsson
Registered: Dec 26, 2004
Total Posts: 7387
Country: Canada

Well, well, well, would you look who is FINALLY here!!! Glad to have you here my friend. With the work you produce, you'll fit in very well!!



Henrik



Tin Man Lee
Registered: Feb 09, 2012
Total Posts: 114
Country: United States

Thank you, Tim! Great experience indeed, we were in that river for 4 hours and I probably yelled the most "Holy Shxt" in my life in that 4 hours.



Tin Man Lee
Registered: Feb 09, 2012
Total Posts: 114
Country: United States

Thank you, Eric! It was worth it. But I did feel numbness in my lower body near the end. And my legs were so sore the next day.

eyelaser wrote:
Now that's an impressive first post...great shots and well worth the cold water bath!
Welcome to the forum.
Eric



Tin Man Lee
Registered: Feb 09, 2012
Total Posts: 114
Country: United States

Thank you, Ron, for your kind words!

surfnron wrote:
Welcome Tin! The first two shots are over the top. The others are just great. ~ Ron



Tin Man Lee
Registered: Feb 09, 2012
Total Posts: 114
Country: United States

Thank you!
acoll123 wrote:
Awesome!



Tin Man Lee
Registered: Feb 09, 2012
Total Posts: 114
Country: United States

Hi, I guess they were playing. I didn't see what happened before the fight. All I heard was some low bass moan. Quickly pointed my lens towards them and they were already fighting like that. I saw another fight and one of them still had the salmon in his mouth though. Anyway, nice to meet you!



Tin Man Lee
Registered: Feb 09, 2012
Total Posts: 114
Country: United States

Thank you, Rob!

Rob Tillyer wrote:
Welcome aboard, great action.

Rob



Tin Man Lee
Registered: Feb 09, 2012
Total Posts: 114
Country: United States

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!!

KCollett wrote:
Welcome to the board! Those is one kick-arse crazy good set. #1 is stupendous. Great peak of moment shot, as are 3 & 4. Really enjoyed the set.



Tin Man Lee
Registered: Feb 09, 2012
Total Posts: 114
Country: United States

Hey Henrik!! Good to see you here my friend!
yes, indeed, time to join the party!

hnilsson wrote:
Well, well, well, would you look who is FINALLY here!!! Glad to have you here my friend. With the work you produce, you'll fit in very well!!



Henrik



Kristen3159
Registered: Feb 07, 2012
Total Posts: 12
Country: United States

AWESOME shots Tin!! I am planning out my trip to Katmai next August. I just got a new job and can finally afford to go the right way! I am so excited but so overwhelmed with how many choices of places to go to. Do you recommend the tour guide you mentioned above? Is Katmai the best place to see Grizzly? I would LOVE to go to the Chilkat River in November when all the Bald Eagles congregate there. Seems to be a one week trip there alone, as the tours are arranged that way. Keep the pics coming!!



B Benson
Registered: Jan 13, 2005
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Not to bad for a first post, My time at Brooks camp in katmai makes me appreciate your efforts and the great images you created. Will look forward to more of your work Bruce



kmunroe
Registered: Feb 02, 2010
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Country: Canada

excellent first post Tin .. #1 is awesome



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