Canon EOS 10D; Canon EF 70-200mm + Canon EF 2x converter @ 400mm; RAW capture: f/8 @ 1/750 sec, -1 EV, ISO 100; Auto exposure; Centerweighted-average metering; Auto WB
A polar bear sow teaches her cub how to forage for food in the kelp. Photographed from an Airbus EC130 "Eco-Star". The bears are only in this area for about six weeks, waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze over so that they can go out onto the ice and hunt for seals. After spending a couple of weeks photographing the bears from various land vehicles and on foot, we were presented an opportunity to take to the air and get a totally different perspective, away from the madding crowd. It was exhilarating but introduced unique challenges to make good photos. The helicopter must stay high enough to prevent noise from interfering with the animal's behavior. Long lens required! High shutter speed to eliminate vibrations from the rotors. Steady hands of the pilot and photographer necessary to prevent motion blur. All to capture a unique view of members of an endangered species carrying on their lives.