Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

Hasta la Vista, Baby!

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In the Field

Hasta la Vista, Baby! Khutzeymateen Inlet, BC. June 5, 2006.

When you spend a lot of time with bears you begin to realize that the most likely thing to occur is that which you least expect! This bear definitely surprised us - in more ways than one!

We encountered this bear in deep grass along the shoreline within the Khutzeymateen Inlet. When we first saw the bear is was probably about 25 metres from us, just munching on grass. When it noticed us it seemed to get real curious - and started to come our way to check us out. It just kept coming and coming! When it was only a few metres away our guide (who had been telling the bear in quiet, even tones that this wasn't working for him!) finally lifted a paddle he was carrying. The bear slowly turned and ambled away - for a few seconds. Then, it quickly turned back at us and promptly raised its paw, as though it was waving. It then dropped back down on all four paws and ambled away. To this day I wonder what the heck that was about...

Behind the Camera

Hasta la Vista, Baby! Khutzeymateen Inlet, BC. June 5, 2006.

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 Gitzo 1348 carbon fibre tripod with Wimberley head. VR turned to "On" and in "Normal" mode.

1/320s @ f4; -0.33 stop compensation from matrix-metered exposure setting.

At the Computer

Hasta la Vista, Baby! Khutzeymateen Inlet, BC. June 5, 2006.

RAW Conversion, including first-pass sharpening and curves adjustment, using Phase One's C1 Pro.

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


Hasta la Vista, Baby! Khutzeymateen Inlet, BC. June 5, 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: and search under "Grizzly Bears".

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