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Bear Encounter - Yosemite National Park
12-MAY-2008

Bear Encounter - Yosemite National Park

Ordinarily, point and shoot cameras aren't employed for wildlife photography. That was not the case this time. Although I had my Nikon DSLR with me, I opted to use my little Panasonic TZ5, both because it sported a long zoom. I didn't have to walk far to find this bear. It was quite close to the Glacier Point road and seemed unconcerned by my presence. When it slowly wandered away from the road, I followed it for a while.

NOTE: There have been a couple of comments about my close proximity to the bear, based on the exif data showing I employed a 47mm lens. That's 47mm on my digicam, rather than 47m on a DSLR. That focal length on a digicam, coupled with some electronic wizardry that cuts down the megapixels to give even more visual reach, is akin to using a DSLR with a very powerful telephoto lens.

I was a lot closer, though, than most people are willing to come. And long ago, in the dark, for several seconds, my nose was within six inches of the nose of a bear, but that's another story without a photograph. That night left me, though, without much fear - although a lot of respect - for these wonderful denizens of the American forest. See the next image for what can be done with a DSLR and 200mm on a zoom lens.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5
1/40s f/4.9 at 47.0mm ISO 200 full exif

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Linda Ellis (Bique)22-May-2008 14:14
You followed it....you followed it? Haha...I was looking to see what kind of lens you used and when I read 47mm I had to read more...you followed it??? Ok nice shot...I would not have followed it unless of course, I had someone with me that ran slower than me...LOL. Just kidding...really an amazing picture, so close up!! :)
coaster17-May-2008 18:57
Good shot; you got close!
Sandi Whitteker17-May-2008 08:22
Wow! You are so close to this cute brown bear. Great shot.
Jean Ray17-May-2008 03:41
Awesome shot, Dave.
Gayle P. Clement16-May-2008 20:32
Terrific find, Dave.
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