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Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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2nd Place in tthe Land Mammals Category – Family – Ursidae – Bears Challenge in the Nature Photography Group

Featured in “Pacific Northwest” May 2010
Featured in “Top Shelf Wildlife” May 2010
Featured in “Nature Photography Challenge” June 2011

I photographed this female Black Bear from our fishing boat along the rocky coastline of the Tlupana Inlet (Nootka Sound) on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. We had been fishing all morning and were returning to our base for lunch, with a couple of Chinook Salmon on board that we had caught earlier, when we spotted her. She had two young cubs with her initially (see below) but as she heard us approaching she sent her cubs back up the mountain-side and followed us along the shoreline having caught scent of what we had on board!. It was pouring with rain as I took these photographs and you can see the rain droplets on her fur. She seemed a little too eager to get to our boat and had a very determined look on her face so we backed off whilst I continued to photograph. I was panning from the boat as she was trying to keep up with us hence the blurred effect of the background. Furthermore I needed to use a slow shutter speed as the light was so poor but this helpfully contributed to the motion captured in her legs and paws and gave the image a feeling of movement and pace. This is the full image taken by the camera (no cropping in photoshop) using a 300mm zoom lens set at a focal length of 140mm.

Canon 20D
1/50sec f8 ISO 200
300mm zoom lens at 140mm

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