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Oct 27, 2013 13:38 |  #16

Ok Drew were you on the ground ????


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Oct 27, 2013 14:08 |  #17

Great job! Another thing bookmarked to do!


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Oct 28, 2013 22:13 |  #18

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Hey Drew,

Nice photos of Polar Bears. I gotta' hop on a plane and do that! BTW, I enjoyed my all too-short visit with you and the bears at Mc Neil (if I failed to say thank you before).

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Hey, Tracey, you need to get up there. Right now it has a really 'homegrown' feel to it. I'd recommend going before it gets big. There are only 3 USCG licensed operators right now. We went with Keitil Reitan. If you are a mushing fan you might recognize his name. He was great.
You were out at McNeil during the hottest of the hot stretch. It will got down in history as an actual summer. HA.


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Oct 28, 2013 22:15 |  #19

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Ok Drew were you on the ground ????

Nope, on a boat. It was interesting that the bears pretty much ignored the boats but when a 4 wheeler fired up in town they all looked up to check it out. That's what they are doing in the pic where all their heads are up. We we only 1/2 mile from town so it was easy to hear.


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Oct 29, 2013 00:07 |  #20

Must have just missed you...we were in Kaktovik in the same time period:

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Oct 29, 2013 01:32 |  #21

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Must have just missed you...we were in Kaktovik in the same time period:
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Great shot. Were you there for the first snow? There was about 4" when we got there.


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Oct 29, 2013 01:45 |  #22

thanks drewhh (and me incredibly jealous that you live in Alaska!!)
Yes a good snow on the ground and a little blizzard for the first morning shots. I would not have liked shooting them on dirt :)
The polar bear patrol had dispatched a juvenile the morning we flew in from Deadhorse, got video of the carcass and skull, if you're ever bored out of your mind medicineman4040 on youtube with lots of vids of the whole trip and one specifically of the bears-I used a new 70D and compared to a Sony A77. No surprise but sony is still winning the video department, though the 70D is no slouch.


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Oct 30, 2013 21:46 |  #23

Superb, very enjoyable viewing your photos.BTW, love visiting your state, the scenery and wildlife are amazing. Thanks for sharing.


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Nov 02, 2013 20:35 |  #24

Hello All,

I'm new here and pretty green when it comes to photography. Just joined the forum as i'm off to Churchill, Manitoba in a couple of weeks to view some Polar Bears.
I've got a 5D Mk3 and i'm wondering what sort of settings I should be using.
Don't want to just go Auto with everything as that's one of the reasons I bought the 5D. I've done a bit in the past with my daughters 40D but she got up me for changing the settings.....lol
I won't get a chance to experiment to much before I go and obviously conditions here are about as opposite as i'll get to Churchill.

So i'm wondering if i'll have any trouble with overexposure or should I be playing with the White Balance seeing as most everything is white (or i'm guessing it will be when I get there)

Any help/advise will be greatly appreciated.

thanx Russell


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Nov 03, 2013 16:05 |  #25

OMG, amazing. Do you ever get to see / photograph the aurora borialas? Would love to see some shots of that.




  
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Nov 03, 2013 17:12 |  #26

Unfortunately I don't have any site specific advice for Churchill. I've never ben there.

What I can offer up is that my polar bear shots were all shot in either AV mode (for aperture control) or M (full manual mode).
Set your ISO as low as you can to keep your shutter speed fast enough to stop whatever action there might be. That shutter speed is going to be somewhere over the reciprocal value of the focal length of your lens (a 400 mm lens means you want to shoot at least 1/400). I don't imaging these polar bears moving all that fast unless they are playing so you might be able to get away with some lower shutter speed in an artistic set up. This is how you see blurred fur and water on shots of bears shaking off (usually a classic brown bear shot).

Since you are not going to have time to play around with your camera I would advise you not to be scared of the AUTO setting. Especially in the brightest part of the day with the flash turned off (consult your manual on how to do this before you start taking shots and your flash keeps popping up and distracting you from shooting). It would be a shame to go all the way to Churchill and miss a bunch of good shots because you are messing around with your camera. You bought a VERY smart camera and it will take awesome shots on it's own.

Ask your guide and party members for advice. If your guide is good they should at least be able to set you up with the basics of the camera. Don't be afraid to ask what settings other people are shooting. Just don't interrupt of they are actively shooting.

Just use some test shots to figure out your white balance but don't sweat it too much. While it is always best to do it right the first time it is easy enough to change in post processing.

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Hello All,

I'm new here and pretty green when it comes to photography. Just joined the forum as i'm off to Churchill, Manitoba in a couple of weeks to view some Polar Bears.
I've got a 5D Mk3 and i'm wondering what sort of settings I should be using.
Don't want to just go Auto with everything as that's one of the reasons I bought the 5D. I've done a bit in the past with my daughters 40D but she got up me for changing the settings.....lol
I won't get a chance to experiment to much before I go and obviously conditions here are about as opposite as i'll get to Churchill.

So i'm wondering if i'll have any trouble with overexposure or should I be playing with the White Balance seeing as most everything is white (or i'm guessing it will be when I get there)

Any help/advise will be greatly appreciated.

thanx Russell


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Nov 03, 2013 17:13 |  #27

I haven't seen the auroras in a while. I have trouble staying up that late at night.

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OMG, amazing. Do you ever get to see / photograph the aurora borialas? Would love to see some shots of that.


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Nov 03, 2013 17:25 |  #28

Great series and even better shots. Thanks for sharing.



  
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Nov 06, 2013 12:19 |  #29

Great shots. Photographing polar bears in the wild is on my bucket list. It is one of the few native North American large mammals I have yet to see and photograph.


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Nov 06, 2013 12:30 |  #30

You got some really nice shots!


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