Mark Diaz  

Black Bear by Mark Diaz

November 2021 - Black Bear

About the Image(s)

Had the privilege of following this blackbear as he covered a lot of ground foraging and fattening up for this upcoming winter. I never really got the shot I was looking for. The hunting skills I once used to get close to my quarry with a bow, I now use with my camara. Finding good light and not having foliage covering or distracting from the subject is taking my skills to the next level. I have hundreds of shots that could have been great, but, all the patience and skill in the world doesn't make light. It's time to go full frame. I need better low light / ISO capability more than I need the crop for extra reach.
Hand held Canon 7D with a Canon EF 100-400 lens
Exposure: 1/250 sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 2500

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3 comments posted

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola

Great photo of the bear. The sharpness of the face with catch light on the eyes draws the viewer directly to the bears face.

When I was in the Smoky Mountains first week of November I saw a mama bear with its cubs. I had a difficult time to get the foliage out of the way to get a clear shot of the bear, it makes me appreciate this shot even more.   Posted: 11/11/2021 11:58:13

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Love the expression you have captured on his face! The image is sealer and sharp, the catchlight is a bonus and for me its all about the expression. I use full frame and cropped and always find the cropped is easier. Once you get up to the full frame any thing you don't do right is magnified many times over, but I keep practicing! One of these days I will get it perfect!   Posted: 11/12/2021 11:36:24

Judy Haran   Judy Haran
Your patience was rewarded with this face on shot. Lovely eyes. I would have used my crop camera D500 with this too, instead of my full frame D750. Gives more distance, shutter is faster. (One of those new expensive f/4 lens could give you more light!!). I might try using a brush and darkening the log in front just a bit.   Posted: 11/24/2021 10:28:35