Monthly Archives: June 2011
399 decided to lay down and nurse the cubs. Too far away for good pictures so I decided to shoot some video. One of the cubs got a little too aggressive and there was a little tussle. Then Mama gave one of them a good spanking. Don’t piss off Mama Griz.
A decent sunset over willow flats. Grizzly 610 and her two cubs were busy chasing elk around down there – just out of frame to the left. Too far away to shoot, of course.
I count eighteen mosquitoes on Grizzly 399′s face. That’s only a few more than what were on my face…
I got a rare opportunity to photograph 399 and her cubs at very close range (from the safety of my car) yesterday. I’ll admit that I blew a lot of good shots. Using a long lens at close distance on a moving subject when you’re really excited makes getting sharp photos challenging. In hindsight I should have switched to a shorter lens, but then I might have wasted a few valuable seconds and missed them altogether. Who knows?
These are all practically full-frame shots, slightly cropped to my preferred 4:5 aspect ratio instead of the standard 2:3.
No tripod either, which makes getting sharp shots even more difficult. It’s hard to use a tripod when you are shooting from your sunroof and car window.
My D7000 seems to be having problems focusing my long lens. So I tested it on Talulah. Seems to work great.
But when I’m shooting subjects far away, it misses focus most of the time. So I sent it back to Nikon. Hopefully they will fix it…