Bud Ralston  

Mama and Baby Bears Clamming by Bud Ralston

October 2021 - Mama and Baby Bears Clamming

October 2021 - Bud Ralston


About the Image(s)

The first week of July I went with a photo group by bush plane into Silver Salmon Creek in Lake Clark National Park Alaska. The only access is by plane or boat. This was my second time there and was pleased to find many more Alaskan Coastal Brown bears than my previous trip. There were many females with one-year-old cubs, juvenile bears, and even some larger males. This shot was taken in the early morning on the extensive tidal flats where the bears would go to dig clams since salmon were not yet running in the streams. This baby was learning to forage for clams while keeping an eye out for aggressive male bears.

Nikon Z7II Nikon 500mm PF f/5.6 1/500sec @ f/6.3 +2EV ISO 1250

I cropped and increased exposure in LR, removed some noise in Topaz DeNoise AI, used the animal friends template overall and lightened the eyes and claws in Luminar Ai, and finally sharpened slightly in Topaz Sharpen Ai.

3 comments posted

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
Charming picture of mother and child. Good use of your many post processing tools.   Posted: 10/01/2021 08:54:55

Joan Funk   Joan Funk
Well captured and well edited. How fortunate you were to be there, and then to have the bears "pose" made it even better. You caught facial expressions that are very compelling and almost human. It's an enjoyable image for your audience.   Posted: 10/09/2021 16:09:39

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Bud, what an incredible experience to capture this mother and child interaction. Your post processing is well handled however I do like the blue hue of the water in your original better. I think using the blue allows for a better contract between the water and bears.   Posted: 10/11/2021 10:16:38
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