Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

 
Grizzly Cub Scratching Belly

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In the Field

Grizzly Cub Scratching Belly. Great Bear Rainforest (northern BC coast), Canada. September 12, 2005.

This 5 to 6 month old Brown (or Grizzly) cub had just swum across a channel of Mussel River and decided it was high time for a scratch! While I was watching this little fellow go through his grooming routine, I was struck by the range of colours visible in its coat. Fortunately, it was overcast at the time and this directly contributed to the breadth of visible tones both in the bear and in the background (harsh sunlight often increases contrast to the point where subtle tone transitions are lost to the eye). It was a vivid reminder that the old photographerÕs maxim of "search for the light" doesn't always mean "search for the sunlight".

Behind the Camera

Grizzly Cub Scratching Belly. 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 @ 340 mm (510 mm equivalent with digital conversion factor) supported on pontoon of Zodiac boat. VR turned to "On" and in "Normal" mode.

1/160s @ f4.5; -1 stop exposure compensation from matrix-metered exposure setting.

At the Computer

Grizzly Cub Scratching Belly. 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 and selective sharpening for web output.

Conservation

Grizzly Cub Scratching Belly. 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