Brown Bear, Lake Clark, Alaska, USA by Jeffrey Kauffman

My first time to Alaska to photograph Brown bears was more spectacular than I ever imagined.
This photo was a mother Brown bear digging for clams on the beach. I was surprised how tolerant they are to people. She kept moving around the beach looking for clams. Eventually she walked right past us and gave us a look that you do not want to see from a mother Brown bear. I was very scared for those few seconds but she just kept walking past us. After I thawed out and started breathing again I checked the photo and was excited I caught her giving us the look. I had to set the exposure according to the water conditions on the beach to avoid blowing the highlights. I was so glad I brought my tri pod. For me it is so much easier to get a full frame shot that is level with the tri pod.

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