Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

 
Me and My Salmon

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In the Field

Me and My Salmon. Great Bear Rainforest (northern BC coast), Canada. September 12, 2005.

This adorable little grizzly cub had just caught a salmon and swam ashore. Then it gently placed the fish down on a rock on the estuary edge and sat down. It seemed proud of its catch and seemed reluctant to eat it's prize!

The greatest challenge in capturing this image was the typical "rainforest" problem - very low light in a situation demanding a long telephoto lens (and hand-holding of that lens). So, I intentionally bumped up the shutter speed of the camera even though I knew I was under-exposing the image. I knew that I could retrieve the lost light when I was processing the RAW image at a later date.

Behind the Camera

Me and My Salmon. Great Bear Rainforest (northern BC coast), Canada. September 12, 2005.

Digital Capture; Compressed RAW (NEF) format; ISO 200.

Nikon D2X with Nikon 200-400 mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR lens @ 400 mm (600 mm equivalent with digital conversion factor) supported on pontoon of Zodiac boat (VR turned to "On" and in "Normal" mode).

1/125s @ f4.5; -1 stop exposure compensation from matrix-metered exposure setting.

At the Computer

Me and My Salmon. Great Bear Rainforest (northern BC coast), Canada. September 12, 2005.

RAW Conversion to 16-bit TIFF, including first-pass sharpening, using Phase One's C1 Pro. Exposure correction (to compensate for deliberate shutter-speed-enhancing under-exposure while shooting) during RAW conversion.

All further digital correction on 16-bit TIFF file using Adobe's Photoshop CS2, including selective saturation enhancement, selective application of warming filter, and selective sharpening for web output.

Conservation

Me and My Salmon. Great Bear Rainforest (northern BC coast), Canada. September 12, 2005.

Ten percent of the revenue generated by this image will be donated to Raincoast.

Species Status in Canada*: Special Concern (May 2002).

While Grizzly Bears (Ursus arctos) are not technically listed as "Endangered" in Canada, they have been extirpated from most of their historical range. Grizzly Bears are far more sensitive to intrusion/disturbance in their habitat than are Black Bears and are being increasingly forced into marginal habitat by human encroachment. The Great Bear Rainforest along the central and northern coast of British Columbia is one of the last strongholds of the Grizzly Bear in Canada, and even this population is coming under increasing pressure.

The Raincoast Conservation Society (and Foundation) is an effective and efficient organization that has been fighting for protection of this unique habitat. If you are looking for a meaningful way to contribute to the conservation of this amazing ecosystem, Raincoast will provide maximal "bang" for your conservation dollars.

For more information on the status of Grizzly Bears in Canada, go to: http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca and search under "Grizzly Bears".

*as determined by COSEWIC: The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada