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Jul 03, 2007 20:05 |  #16

Great shots. I love the ones of the bear fishing.


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Jul 03, 2007 21:34 |  #17

Excellent captures. #1,4 & 5 get my vote. Good work.


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Jul 05, 2007 04:50 as a reply to  @ Cooper911's post |  #18

Thanks for all of the kind comments;)

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Jul 08, 2007 09:04 |  #19

Nicely done.

I had heard that Brooks was getting way too crowded now days with people crowding the observation decks. Any thoughts on this or other input ? I will be in Katmai next week but am going somewhere else based on a report from Nature Scapes and the pilot I hired. I hope I didn't error. Which service did you hire ? Thanks.




  
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Jul 08, 2007 14:20 |  #20

Blue Deuce wrote in post #3506891 (external link)
Nicely done.

I had heard that Brooks was getting way too crowded now days with people crowding the observation decks. Any thoughts on this or other input ? I will be in Katmai next week but am going somewhere else based on a report from Nature Scapes and the pilot I hired. I hope I didn't error. Which service did you hire ? Thanks.

I went with Bald Mountain Air and would highly recommend them. The pilot was very knowledgeably about bears and the area. I was there on June 28th, we were supposed to go to a coastal area in Katmai but they changed the plans at the last minute because of good bear activity at Brooks Falls. It was not crowded, but the ranger I spoke withe a little said it turns into a zoo after July 1st. So I would say you made the right choice. Where are you going?


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Jul 17, 2007 22:30 as a reply to  @ HighPlainsPhotographer's post |  #21

Wow, wow, and WOW!!! My goodness, those photos are incredible. We are planning a very last minute trip to the Katmai area. Couldn't pin down dates until now due to some work issues. We are going to be there from 1-5 Aug inclusive.

From what you are saying, the Falls area is a no-go at this time of year? We have looked at a couple of safari-type companies: one's called "Hallo Bay" the other "Alaska Wilderness Safari". Also very keen to photograph otters- from a kayak if necessary. REALLY lost on what to do and trying to do it as cheap as we can. Please give me any advice you can- Do we need to go with one of these nature guide companies? Or should we just pay a pilot to get to Katmai and go to some of these areas ourself?

I've been tossing up between the 100-400 and the Sigma 50-500. Great to see such fantastic images captured on the 100-400, although I'm not sure we'd be as lucky as you with regards to closeness etc. Any advice on lenses, extra equipment etc is greatly appreciated. In the meantime, I'll scour this wonderful forum for more info.

Congrats on your shots!


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Jul 18, 2007 07:15 |  #22

Excellent, my favorite of course is the one with the fish in the bear's mouth. :)

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Oct 16, 2007 23:05 as a reply to  @ kenyc's post |  #23

hey highplains
looks like we might be neighbors
i am in pine CO
we may have met at Brooks
I was an Interpretive Ranger there from May thru Sept '07
Certainly a summer I will never forget
i just got home (I drove up and back - three times now)
If anyone wants to chat about Brooks let me know.
I have 19,645 images taken on my days off I am just beginning to sort
i managed to send a few up to my BLOG while there
http://jonnyhorizon.bl​ogspot.com (external link)
keep in touch... ranger john


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Oct 17, 2007 02:03 |  #24

Not to be a stick in the mud, but why not crop and post process a bit to increase contrast and add a bit of pop?


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Oct 17, 2007 05:03 as a reply to  @ Tee Why's post |  #25

crop - agree
post process - what do you suggest?
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Oct 17, 2007 07:33 as a reply to  @ jonnyhorizon's post |  #26

Great series and wonderful shots. Thanks for sharing.


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