A long awaited trip to see the grizzlies in BC

July 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

So, we finally got to see these beautiful bears in June 2016, at Knight Inlet in British Columbia. A trip to the lodge at Knight Inlet is highly recommended - you are taken there by seaplane from Campbell River, on Vancouver Island. There are also day trips from Campbell River. 

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In a hectic 24 hours at Knight Inlet, we took three trips out to see the bears, as well as a faster boat trip further inland to see more of the wonderful scenery.

Right from the off we saw the bears - five on the first trip out! Our guide knew them all by name. We were able to view them from about 20m off the shore of the inlet.

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I was using a Canon 70-200 f/4 IS lens with a 1.4x extender on it, so the equivalent maximum focal length I had was 280mm. The light was mostly not that great, as it was fairly cloudy overhead. These photos aren't as sharp as I'd like, but the best I could manage without a longer, heavier and more expensive lens.

To take these shots, I used continuous autofocus burst mode, a very wide aperture, high ISO number (800 or more) and fast shutter speed (up to 1/2000).

Some more shots follow, or see them all in the gallery.

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