Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
A young male grizzly bear on a remote Alaskan coastline – We had seen this grizzly from a significant distance away and we were able to move ahead of it, about ½ mile up the beach, to where we hoped that he might be heading. In such an area of outstanding natural beauty it was the ideal opportunity to include some of the habitat and to give some context to the environment in which these majestic creatures call home and so it was a case of trying to find a position where this was possible. In these circumstances I’ll frequently want to shoot from as low a perspective as possible as it often increases the feeling of intimacy but I still had to decide how I wanted to record the bears surroundings. When including backdrops in your images the most important criteria to consider is whether its inclusion adds something to the image, or detracts. For me personally I photographed this scene at F4, my lowest available aperture, because whilst I wanted to retain the impression of the backdrop I still wanted to maintain all of the focus on the bear. I also knew that, even shooting at F22, it would be impossible to bring the whole scene in to sharp focus and that, the more of it that I did bring in to focus the more distracting it would become. As luck would have it we anticipated the bears route, either that or he’d become interested by the strange shape now lying on the beach ahead of him, and he continued striding purposefully in our direction. Though he was only a young male it remains one of the most extraordinary and privileged wildlife encounters that I’ve ever had and I sincerely hope that this young bear, this absolute miracle of nature and evolution, gets to live out his entire life, safe from the murderous, despicable cowards that would do him harm. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeoyourshot #grizzlybear #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography
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