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Nov 22, 2015 18:35 |  #1

From a recent visit to Churchill.

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Nov 22, 2015 18:45 |  #2

Beautiful! Love the one with the two trekking thru the snow. I've been considering the trip. Can you tell us a bit about the trip up? How was the flight up with your big lens? Also how were accommodations?


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Nov 22, 2015 19:05 |  #3

All are lovely. Ian's favorite is mine as well.


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Nov 22, 2015 19:17 |  #4

How exciting to be able to photograph these bears. And very nicely photographed. Well done and TFS.:-)


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Nov 22, 2015 19:38 |  #5

really like the last one.


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Nov 22, 2015 20:27 |  #6

Really super, .....one day....one day


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Nov 22, 2015 23:07 |  #7

Great shots! Great viewing in up there this year. Love the white on white.


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Nov 23, 2015 10:22 |  #8

Very nice set. Well done.




  
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Nov 23, 2015 13:17 |  #9

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Beautiful! Love the one with the two trekking thru the snow. I've been considering the trip. Can you tell us a bit about the trip up? How was the flight up with your big lens? Also how were accommodations?

Thanks. The trip was no problem. My 'big' lens is only a 300/2.8 (which I use with TCs) so my backpack is carry-on compliant but some of the other people on the trip were travelling with much more glass and no-one had to check anything. One person had 3 carry-ons (including an 800/5.6, a 400/2.8 and a 200-400!) and even he managed to get everything on the return flight which was jam-packed being the end-of-the-season.

I stayed at the Iceberg Inn - which was basic but spotlessly clean. It was much better than I was expecting actually. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were pre-arranged at local restaurants by the ground agent (Frontiers North).


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Nov 23, 2015 13:55 as a reply to  @ Scott_online's post |  #10

Thank you, just the info I needed. :-)


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Nov 23, 2015 14:10 |  #11

Great shots!
Thanks for sharing


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Nov 23, 2015 18:10 |  #12

It's tough to pick a single favorite image. What a trip that must have been! One of these days...


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Nov 26, 2015 08:44 |  #13

Some real stunners there Scott.. I can't wait to till i go next year. i'd be interested on a bit of a trip report if you don't mind.?


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Nov 26, 2015 09:17 |  #14

Beautiful shots. I'm particularly fond of #4 with the falling snow.


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Nov 26, 2015 14:39 |  #15

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

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Some real stunners there Scott.. I can't wait to till i go next year. i'd be interested on a bit of a trip report if you don't mind.?


    Thanks Jason, I realise you already know a lot of what follows, but for the benefit of others...

  • This was a photographic holiday arranged through Natures Images (a UK company - very, very highly recommended).
  • 6 full days of photography - 4 days in a Tundra Buggy, 2 days in self-drive 4x4s around Churchill.
  • There were 12 of us in the group including Danny Green the leader. (Danny is a Canon Explorer of Light, a thoroughly nice bloke and a supremely talented wildlife photographer).
  • We had a Tundra buggy to ourselves - which meant we could sit and wait for opportunities to develop and position the buggy for the best light (within the rules of the Tundra of course). This is probably the most significant advantage of going as part of a photographic group rather than alone. We were really aiming for a small number of quality sightings rather than the most sightings.
  • Having said that we had over 100 sightings over the course of the 6 days. We were incredibly fortunate.
  • From the Tundra buggy, you can shoot from a window or from the open rear deck. I took a tripod but never used it. Others used theirs on the deck though. A good beanbag is essential.
  • I was shooting at 600mm from the buggy and 420mm from the 4x4 mainly because we were looking for foxes from the 4x4 which we expected to be able to get close to. In the event, there were hardly any foxes but we did get some excellent bear sightings from the 4x4 and I got some nice environmental portraits with the shorter focal length. I had a 70-200 on a second body but hardly used it. The others were using similar focal lengths - mainly 500mm primes with/without a 1.4x and some 200-400s.
  • The wind chill is brutal. You need really good gloves! We deliberately kept the inside of the buggy cold to prevent condensation.
  • Timing is everything. If you go too early, there may not be any snow. Although you would still see bears (which TBH is reason enough!) the backgrounds would be muddy brown. If you go too late, the bay will have frozen over and most of the bears will have gone. We were there for the last week of bear season - and we got lucky**
  • Food and accommodation were excellent. (See earlier post).


**Apparently the bay is freezing over a month later than it used to 30 years ago. That's a month more the bears need to go without food and a month less they have to feed. I really fear for their survival - and it may already be too late to save them, so if you want to see them in the wild then go soon. They may not be around in another 30 years' time. Also, please think about supporting http://www.polarbearsi​nternational.org (external link). I can highly recommend Ian Stirling's book, which you can get from PBI.

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