Photo by Scott Bourne

Photo by Scott Bourne

Alaska Photo Diary Part 6

We had a great second day of shooting. I was too tired last night to write so I am writing this the next day.

I made some amazing photographs on the second day. Bears standing up, eating fish, etc.

But the day was also brutal on me physically. We left the yacht in the skiff at 7:30AM and didn’t return until 6:30 PM. We walked a total of about three miles in and out over tough terrain. It just about did me in but, it was worth it.

The first two days of the trip we had near perfect weather for wildlife photography. The skies were high, thin overcast. We had occasional bouts of blue sky and sun which is actually much harder to deal with.

As I write this, we’re shut out by a major rain and wind storm. Frankly, I welcome the break. I’m bone tired.

Yesterday we had about a dozen bears. We also saw the first cubs of the trip. Unfortunately the new cubs we were tracking last year for this trip were killed last fall by a boar. No doubt he ate them or, he killed them because he knew their mother would go into estrus and he could mate with her again.

The cubs we did see were second year and were just learning to fish. Their mother actually did the catching of the fish and shared with her offspring. We were close enough to hear the cub moaning and whining for his food. It was great.
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(Nikon D3, Gitzo Tripod, Mongoose 3.5 Gimbal Head, Nikon 200-400 F/4 VR at 200mm, ISO 800, +0.5 EV. F.5.6 @ 125th Sec. straight out of the camera without post processing other than exposure adjustment and cropping – may appear too bright, too dark, wrong color, right color – depending on your monitor) EDITOR’S NOTE: (I […]

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I’m here in Kodiak where we meet the chartered seaplanes. We then fly to Geographic Harbor where we’ll pick up the chartered boat and finally embark on the final leg of the journey that will hopefully take us to the bears. I’m trying to take some time to reflect on what I want to accomplish […]

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Cama’i from Anchorage. (That’s sort of like Aloha from HI.) Well the first of three air legs of my trip is done. I am safely in my hotel. My gear all made the trip without incident. TSA in Seattle didn’t give my big 200-400 f/4 VR lens a second look. Perhaps all the big glass […]

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Scott Bourne’s Alaska Photo Trip Video Diary Entry #1 from Scott Bourne on Vimeo. or see it at Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/1641409 _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store NOTE: This was made with Canon G9. I was by myself and having trouble getting the items into focus while I held the camera with one […]

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Photo by Scott Bourne

Photo by Scott Bourne

NOTE: You might want to read my original post about this trip to better understand what this is all about. Also, the bear in this photo was located in Denali National Park. It’s a standard Alaskan Grizzly. The bears we’re shooting in Geographic harbor are larger.

Dear Diary:

I’m getting ready for my big trip to Alaska. I leave early next week and will be gone for about 10 days. I’m very excited about this trip. But it’s also bittersweet. It’s probably one of my final grand expeditions. I’m tempted to say it’s my LAST big expedition, but I have a little bit of Brett Favre in me so I can’t say I’m fully retiring just yet. Continue reading