Dealing With the Unexpected

by | Oct 10, 2012 | Tips & Tricks | 2 comments

I have been almost a full week in the remote parts of Montana and South Dakota without cell phone reception or Internet. But now that I’m back in civilization, let me share some of the incredible images from this incredible excursion!

9714_Glacier NP-Montana-USA_Canon EOS 40D, 200 mm, 1-1000 sec at f - 9.0, ISO 200

About the Picture: It’s not every day that one gets to see a grizzly bear. In fact, the day that this grizzly took it’s stroll along the banks of Lake Sherburne at the Many Glacier entrance of Glacier National Park, Montana, it was not only the first time I had ever seen one, but it was the only day of many days that one was ever spotted. The bear was visible for only about one minute, so I didn’t have much time to think about camera settings. In fact, I don’t remember thinking much about the settings at all! It was all I could do to switch to the 70-200mm, jump out of the car, check that I had a fast enough shutter speed, and accurately focus on the moving subject. After the first few exposures, I think I checked to make sure my ISO, aperture, and exposure bias were ok, but by that time, the bear had moved on to an undesirable position and it became less of a concern that the settings were perfect.

Though it’s best to take the time to check your settings and deliberate over how to change them to best suit the circumstances, I guess sometimes it’s better to take your chances with Program Mode and attempt to grab the moment before you loose it all together. We’ll hope, however, this it’s just as rare as sighting a grizzly.

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  1. Ryan Taylor

    Wow!!! That’s just amazing!! We traveled out to Jasper and Banff National Parks ten years ago and managed to catch a glimpse of the only full grown black bear we’ve ever seen. But a grizzly…

  2. James

    I know! It was an absolute miracle. We were totally not expecting it, but God sent the first snowfall of the year the night before we arrived and they say that is why the animals in the park were so active. It really was totally amazing, especially since the grizzly was close enough to even get a decent picture! Only the Lord.


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