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Old Jul 15, 2004, 11:29 PM   #1
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Black Bear are not ez to expose correctly.. worst , I didn't want to get off the car, was too nervous in case of... Was taken with the window open, not the sharpest shot I've done...

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Ifound this fellow while travelling on backroads at the step of a hill. He was rather busy looking for food. It's very unusual to see them like this, I presume the stomach is dictating much of their behavior.

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Old Jul 15, 2004, 11:39 PM   #2
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Excellent work on the processer. You've added quite a bit of yellow, probably to bring out the flowers and background, but perhaps it might take a bit of focus from the main subject, the bear.

I think that you have definitely improved the bear, Eric, but the incidental background is perhaps too much boosted into focus, and center of attention?

Just a thought.

I am very afraid of bears too.
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Old Jul 15, 2004, 11:40 PM   #3
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That was a very exciting little encounter you had Eric! :-) The PS work really made a difference in how everything stands out - it makes the picture. This bear looks like a pretty good size for a black bear.

Now, if you were scared with a black bear, imagine how you'd feel being on the trail with grizzlies all around. I used to hike in Glacier and in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana and while the bears heard me first and kept out of my sight during the day (except for a few times in Glacier), I used to find lots of evidence around my campsites that they had been visiting during the nights! Yikes!
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Oh man I;ve only seen 3 bears in my life! You're brave to even open your window in that situation!! I woulda gunned it away haha. Your edit is good, but it gives the bear a scary eye lol maybe you can like color that out?
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Wow, that would be scarey, and people worry about our aussie animals being dangerous:-)
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Well I never seen one in the wild so thanks for posting.

Eric, I see that you took this shot in Manual mode. Any particular reason? Just want to know for my learning purposes. Also would some +ve EC help in getting a bit more detail in these kind of shots?


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Nice shots. You can't swing a dead cow without hitting a bear out here in Idaho.

If you go into the woods you will most likely encounter a bear. I have had a few interesting encounters. Next time I will have a camera and get some shots.

Geoffs I hear what you are saying. When you are alone in the wilderness and it starts to get dark it definitely gets your attention, greatly more so I am sure in grizzly country.

Thanks for sharing. Like the detail you got in the hide on the second shot.
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Old Jul 16, 2004, 10:46 AM   #8
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Nice shots. You can't swing a dead cow without hitting a bear out here in Idaho.

If you go into the woods you will most likely encounter a bear. I have had a few interesting encounters. Next time I will have a camera and get some shots.
Yeah, but how often do you get the opportunity to swing a dead cow? :-)

I wonder if the bears are more plentiful or just plain more bold in the area where you go around Boise. When I used to hike into Idaho from the Montana side of the Bitterroots (south of Lolo if you know where that is in Montana) I don't think that I ever saw black bear.
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Old Jul 16, 2004, 7:12 PM   #9
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Well I never seen one in the wild so thanks for posting.

Eric, I see that you took this shot in Manual mode. Any particular reason? Just want to know for my learning purposes. Also would some +ve EC help in getting a bit more detail in these kind of shots?


Hi bobbyz, I always use M mode with the 300D, started with this mode when I bought the camera. Many years ago, I use to borrow or rent 35mm cameras and that was my mode, and even further I took a photography course and the camera we had were Olympus OM10 and cameras alike. So with the digital revolution , using that mode is tough to start with. But when you understand the metering of the camera, how to expose birds withtheir various tones from pure white to black, eventually the puzzle fits in place and it becomes a 2nd nature.

It gives me more control over everything. Also for scenery shots, Center-Weight Average meteringis superior to what A/V and T/V gives. I use spot metering more and more when the light is difficult on birds. I simply dislike having the camera decide for me what's right or not. The 300D metering is not the best out there (I still dream of a 1D Mark II), so using M and knowing all the tricks to know for birding eventually pays off.

Now this shot would have been better exposed if I would have used a tripod, I had to compensate for the inherent small shakes coming from hand held shots. So the shutter speed was used higher than the perfect exposition I would have chosen.

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Just to add, Black Bears are not normally dangerous for humans, but there have been some case where human been attacked. They are not as dangerous as Grizzly, but still they can make a painfull experience with the shear weight and force these mammals can produce. I simply don't want to be part of anyform statistics, that's all, LOL.
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