Standing Brown Bear

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, AlaskaI liked the simple composition of this one. All that soft blue background and a single bear standing in the water, trying to get a better angle on a salmon dinner. Brown bears can be quite tall when standing upright. Just across the water from where I photographed this one is the island of Kodiak, which has the largest of the coastal brown bears — males have been known to stand taller than 10 feet tall. This was a female in Lake Clark National Park on the mainland of Alaska, and considerably shorter than that, but still somewhere in the 7 foot range.
Nikon D500 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 270mm) ISO 1600, f/4 at 1/1250th of a second

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  1. Sue December 4, 2017 at 12:01 am #

    Super nice! You are right about the simplicity of this image – it makes it stand head and shoulders above many others.

    • Sean Crane December 4, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

      Thanks Sue. Always a treat when the bears stand.

  2. Peter Butterfield December 4, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    —– As seen against the sky
    —– An Alaskan heiroglyph
    —– Does this bear not
    —– Stand so tall as when
    —– It stoops to fish .

  3. Jackie December 4, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    This is beautiful! There is nothing else distracting from the bear in this photo.

  4. Rachel Bellenoit December 4, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    Wonderful combination of wildlife, landscape and the use of negative space. I love this!

    • Sean Crane December 4, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

      Thanks Rachel. At first I was bummed out that the bear moved away from the mountainous background, but there was definitely something nice about the negative space.

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