Blue Hour Bear

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Zack
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Back in May, while exploring a western Montana forest, I came across a tree riddled with bear claw marks. The tree, a massive old growth western Larch, was a great find for a camera trapper. I gathered my gear and returned to set up a DSLR camera trap. It wasn't long before the bears started passing through, mostly late-morning and afternoon. Not ideal times for photography. For lighting, I started out with two speedlites and slowly began adding more. Eventually I settled on four speedlites, and this image is the result. The amount of bear activity I was getting allowed me to dial in the lighting until I got it just right. Getting natural-looking light from an artificial light source has to be one of the most challenging aspects of camera trapping.

After several weeks I was finally able to capture a worthwhile image when this young bear showed up right before dusk, briefly posing in front of the big larch. I love how the bear provides a sense of scale here, really highlighting just how big that old giant is.
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Patients always pays off. Good job Zack. Totally worth the wait.


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Awesome photo. Great job!

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Good find. That tree is a veteran.
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Great pic!
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Beautiful picture and nice job with the lighting. That's a giant tree!
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That's beautiful! Would you consider cropping the sides to make it a vertical image?
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wonderful image
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Lovely lighting on this one. I agree that getting natural-looking from strobes is one of the hardest things and something I'm still struggling with. Would you mind sharing in a bit more detail what the lighting setup for this image looked like? How did you position the flashes for this scene? Did you use any light modifiers? Thanks!
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That's beautiful! I love the lighting.

How do you secure your equipment? I just had a setup with an old RX100 stolen.
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