Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

 
Reflecting on Motherhood

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In the Field

Reflecting on Motherhood. Great Bear Rainforest (northern BC coast), Canada. October 2, 2006.

I captured this image while floating in a Zodiac boat just off the shoreline in an inlet in BC's Great Bear Rainforest. We had been quietly watching this female grizzly and her cub for at least 30 minutes when they both abruptly laid down and fell asleep. After having a short nap the mother awoke and appeared to decide it was time for junior's meal. She prodded the cub awake and literally pulled it on top of her to initiate the nursing session. The mother then leaned back and junior went to work!

It was simply an amazing thing to see. I feel very fortunate to have witnessed such an unforgettable scene.

Behind the Camera

Reflecting on Motherhood. Great Bear Rainforest (northern BC coast), Canada. October 2, 2006.

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

Nikon D2X with Nikon 200-400 mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR lens @ 220 mm (330 mm equivalent with digital conversion factor) supported on supported on pontoon of Zodiac boat. VR turned to "On" and in "Normal" mode.

1/40s @ f4.5; -0.33 stop compensation from matrix-metered exposure setting.

At the Computer

Reflecting on Motherhood. Great Bear Rainforest (northern BC coast), Canada. October 2, 2006.

RAW Conversion, including saturation enhancement, tone curve adjustment, exposure compensation and first-pass sharpening, using Phase One's C1 Pro.

Further digital correction on 16-bit TIFF file using Adobe's Photoshop CS2 and LightZone 2.0.6. Tonal adjustments performed in LightZone (using the ToneMapper tool). Photoshop adjustments included selective saturation enhancement, selective application of warming filter and selective sharpening for web output.

Conservation

Reflecting on Motherhood. Great Bear Rainforest (northern BC coast), Canada. October 2, 2006.

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