Photo of the Day - Grizzly in Fall Colours

I photographed this beautiful grizzly bear along the Icefields Parkway Wednesday night (two nights ago) on my way back from the Yukon.

A grizzly bear peers out at me from fall foliage along the Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park

The shot was taken at 6:45 pm with my Canon 1D Mk IV and 500 mm lens at ISO 3200, 1/320th of a second at f4. Because the bear was moving in and out of the brush, I took a test exposure at 1/320th and f4 and when I determined that it was the correct exposure, I then set my camera to Manual mode and locked in at that exposure so the meter wouldn't get fooled if too much bear got in a shot, or vice versa, if too much foliage got in a shot.

I'm looking forward to seeing a LOT more bears in fall colours next week when the first of my sold-out grizzly bear photography tours takes place. Word on the street (aka, an email from the lodge owner) is that it's a record sockeye salmon run and that the wilderness lodge we'll be operating out of saw 29 different grizzlies last week and 11 different black bears!! If you're interested in attending next year, let me know asap as there has already been a tremendous amount of interest in the 2011 tours.

Happy shooting!


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