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Distracted Mid-Bite

This Black Bear was photographed during our first Spring Great Bear Rainforest Trip.  What makes this image interesting is that he was distracted mid-bite while eating grass, and you can see the sprigs of grass hanging out of his mouth.

 

He stopped quite a few times while eating and smelling the air and listening, and looking into the woods. We were all wondering if it was us, or another animal that was causing this bear to be so vigilant.

 

Shortly after we left this bear we heard some noise behind us, and out of the woods came this Black Bear being chased by another Black Bear. They scuffled for a few seconds, and then this bear ran off and left the other one to this area. So that answered our question.

 

This image is copyright © Terri Shaddick, if you are interested in using or purchasing this image, or any other images on my site, contact Terri Shaddick at contact@wildelements.ca.

 

Taken: May 10, 2018
Location: Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia

Camera: Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
Focal Length: 500mm
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 5000
Exposure: 1/1250

This image was taken from a zodiac hand-held, and therefore I chose to use a higher shutter speed than I would have if I was on land or using a tripod.  Because it was early morning and quite dark in this area, because the sun had not yet reached it, I under-exposed the image by 2/3 of a stop in the field.

 

When editing the image, I did three exposure layers in Capture 1 Pro, adjusting the foreground and background, and one for the Black Bear (to help it really pop).  I took the background down on exposure by just over another 2/3 of a stop, and the foreground another .5.  For the Bear I adjusted the exposure and actually I adjusted the white balance and blues slightly to make the bear look less like a blue bear.

 

In photoshop I blended those layers plus adjusted the saturation on the blues on the image overall, increased the exposure globally by 0.14.  I also looked at the colors and applied a slight green filter to the image, to adjust the colors of the overall image.

About this Image

This Black Bear was photographed during our first Spring Great Bear Rainforest Trip.  What makes this image interesting is that he was distracted mid-bite while eating grass, and you can see the sprigs of grass hanging out of his mouth.

 

He stopped quite a few times while eating and smelling the air and listening, and looking into the woods. We were all wondering if it was us, or another animal that was causing this bear to be so vigilant.

 

Shortly after we left this bear we heard some noise behind us, and out of the woods came this Black Bear being chased by another Black Bear. They scuffled for a few seconds, and then this bear ran off and left the other one to this area. So that answered our question.

 

This image is copyright © Terri Shaddick, if you are interested in using or purchasing this image, or any other images on my site, contact Terri Shaddick at contact@wildelements.ca.

 

Taken: May 10, 2018
Location: Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia

Camera Specs

Camera: Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
Focal Length: 500mm
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 5000
Exposure: 1/1250

Capturing & Processing

This image was taken from a zodiac hand-held, and therefore I chose to use a higher shutter speed than I would have if I was on land or using a tripod.  Because it was early morning and quite dark in this area, because the sun had not yet reached it, I under-exposed the image by 2/3 of a stop in the field.

 

When editing the image, I did three exposure layers in Capture 1 Pro, adjusting the foreground and background, and one for the Black Bear (to help it really pop).  I took the background down on exposure by just over another 2/3 of a stop, and the foreground another .5.  For the Bear I adjusted the exposure and actually I adjusted the white balance and blues slightly to make the bear look less like a blue bear.

 

In photoshop I blended those layers plus adjusted the saturation on the blues on the image overall, increased the exposure globally by 0.14.  I also looked at the colors and applied a slight green filter to the image, to adjust the colors of the overall image.