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Old Aug 16, 2004, 10:12 AM   #1
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These are from about 500 yards away. This is aBIG black bear.




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Old Aug 16, 2004, 10:20 AM   #2
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what size lens did you shoot these with? He does look big.
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Old Aug 16, 2004, 2:59 PM   #3
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Hi zoomn - these are from 500 yards? The detail on him looks like he would have been closer, but you do have 420mm at full zoom which is something I'm not used to with my camera. He is big - probably fattening up in preparation for hibernation in 3 or 4 months.

Didn't you want to get closer? :-)

In the first shot he almost looks like a young griz but then in the second shot there is no mistaking him as a black bear.

Birds are a bit quieter this time of the season, aren't they...

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Old Aug 16, 2004, 3:18 PM   #4
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geoffs,

He was 400 minimum across a canyon from where I was.

The first one is at 12x optical with my 1.9x teleconverter and then enlarged a bit.

The second is at full 36x digital zoom with my 1.9x teleconverter.

Yes I think this bear is about as big as they get here in Idaho.

Actually I would have gotten closer if possible, I really had no opportunity. There was a VERY steep canyon between us and about half a mile to get around to the other side and quite brushy.

Since you mention it the birds are much quieter this time of year. I have gotten quite a few bird shots lately but just not many I really like very much. Did you happen to see the kingbird shot with the butterfly I posted a few days ago. Not the best picture but very entertaining to watch it keep getting away and the bird chase it back down.

aladyforty,

Thanks for taking a look and responding. I posted the lens and camera info above in my note to geoffs.

Both these shots were handheld by the way. I took about 30 pictures and only about 4 were in focus due to hand shake. I was on my trail bike ona 6" wide trailand had no opportunity to get off and find a good rest.








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Nice Panasonic photo. I have a few bear shots myself, and will post them eventually, done with FZ10 too

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Old Aug 16, 2004, 11:40 PM   #6
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I'm a bit mystified

woops, I said this in a channel that has nothing to do with it

I apologize





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Old Aug 16, 2004, 11:43 PM   #7
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I love nature

And don't apologize for that

well, that has gone on for long enough, now hasn't it



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Old Aug 17, 2004, 12:46 AM   #8
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zoomn wrote:
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The first one is at 12x optical with my 1.9x teleconverter and then enlarged a bit.

The second is at full 36x digital zoom with my 1.9x teleconverter.
Ok, that definitely explains why you were able to get the shots you did. I wasn't trying to not believe you, just surprised at the bear's detail because I thought you were using just the 420mm.

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Did you happen to see the kingbird shot with the butterfly I posted a few days ago. Not the best picture but very entertaining to watch it keep getting away and the bird chase it back down.
I missed that one zoomn. I've really been busy as my son is getting married this coming Friday. I'll try and take a look...
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