Photographing Grizzly Bears in and around water often provides photographers with a variety of images, from swimming to playing to bathing, water provides unique opportunities that I don’t often see while photographing bears in Alberta (actually think I’ve only seen bears in water a few times in Alberta).
What I like about this image is that the dark water is creating a mirror image of the bears head as he (or she) swims through the water. Also I like how the water is rippling at the front of his mouth.
Photographing bears while they are swimming from a zodiac provides many challenges for a photographer, including trying to get low enough to be level with the bear, while not falling out of the zodiac. Luckily the sun cooperated with this image and didn’t provide another challenge of over-exposure and glaring sun.
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Taken: May 26, 2015
Location: Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, British Columbia