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Bear Looking for Breakfast || Canon EOS 40D/EF70-200mm f/4L USM +1.4x | 1/400 | f/8 | ISO 400 | Handheld
My brother-in-law Dave and I went out shooting early one of the mornings we were in the Grand Teton National Park. We were in a hurry to get back from Mormon Row to our camp at Coulter Bay, because they had a big day planned and we didn't want to be late. Along the way, we saw several cars lined up along side the road (typical sight for the parks, not always worth stopping). Then we saw that a ranger also had parked, lights flashing and he was out of his vehicle along the side of the road. If that wasn't enough, we then spotted a couple of photographers with 600mm lenses also. That was our cue to get out our cameras and check it out. The longest lens I have is my f/4 EF70-200 with a 1.4x extender, so that would have to do. We were pretty excited when we saw that it was a bear that everyone was watching, then another one walked out into the field. The ranger informed us that they were two siblings left by their mother a few months ago and they were foraging for breakfast. We stood, watched, and took many many pictures, hoping that they would maybe stand up, or at least play with each other, but they kept getting closer and closer to the road. When we got there, I imagine they were about 150 feet away, the ranger said a couple of times that if they got much closer we'd have to get in our vehicles. I felt pretty good, since I thought I could outrun a few of these photographers with their big lenses. Apparently it was too early to play, and they didn't do too much. Once they got to about 50-60 feet away I decided that it was time to get in the car. It was curious that the ranger had let them get that close, but he must have known something that I didn't. So while I didn't get a shot of a bear standing on it's hind legs, or playing with his brother/sister, I did manage to get one that looks as though he was smiling. Perhaps thinking along the lines "How close can I get before they all run away?". After all, it was breakfast... Have you ever seen a bear in the wild? How close were you?

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