Bear Boat Overview « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Bear Boat Overview

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Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS L lens handheld at 70mm with the EOS-1D MIII. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops: 1/160 sec. at f/4.

George Brunt (above, with a coastal Brown Bear), who was with us on the June trip, Ken Canning (who attended the Portland, ME seminar), and newcomer George Hasty joined Linda Robbins and I on the SEPT 4-10 bear boat trip.   As you can see, we had some close encounters.   We enjoyed great bear photography for most of the trip but in the end, the rain got to us so we had more than enough time for image editing, shared image optimization, and Photoshop tips and techniques. 

In addition, we caught lots of halibut and enjoyed lots of great food. 

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Canon 24-105mm IS L zoom lens handheld at 35mm. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops: 1/40 sec. at f/5.6.

In addition to Hummingbird Queen, Linda earned a new “H” title on this trip, Halibut Queen.  In addition to the 105 pounder above she managed halibut of 65, 50, and 40 pounds, all larger than anything caught by the rest of us!

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Canon 400 mm f/4 IS DO lens with the 1.4X II TC and the EOS-1D MIII on the Gitzo 3530 LS tripod and the Mongoose M3.5. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/1000 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode.

At Geographic Harbor, we had lots of chances to make images of the bears catching salmon.  I brought the 500mm f/4 IS L and the 400mm DO as my long glass.  After the first day, I rarely used the 500 opting instead for the lighter 400mm DO using that at times (as above) with the 1.4X TC.  Most of the time, 400mm was a perfect focal length for the bears.  Next year I will bring the 400 DO and the 800 f/5.6 as I can make much sharper images witht the 800 and a 1.4 TC than with the 500 and the 2X TC and much sharper images with the 800/5.6 alone than with the 500 f/4 and the 1.4x TC.   (And I will always have the 70-200mm f/4 L  IS lens along).

If you are interested in joining me on the bears catching salmon bear boat trip next September, please shoot me an e-mail at

I will be back soon to share some images of spring and yearling cubs.  

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