View Full Version : I shoulda had a great shot of a Bear Cub Today.BUT

06-19-2009, 11:05 PM
I screwed it all up. I took a drive up to the Northfork Trail today. My goal was to get some Bear shots. I know of a few different areas that they frequent this time of year. No luck on my way in but on my way out I caught a glimpse of a young cub eating something out of an old tree, probably termites. I ease up and it doesn't move an inch. Now this is great but I don't see Mama bear..not good. After a slow approach i am in easy shooting distance for my camera. It's a good thing I have IS because the adrenaline was pumping. I'm way too close and still no Mama bear. Ohh yeah I'm solo again as useual. I start taking pictures like a MAD MAN hoping to get that one good shot. I ease my way away without getting pulverized by Mama bear...PHEW. I get back to my jeep and look at the pictures. They seem to look ok through the LCD. I get home and view them...!!!@@!##$. 98 pictures and not one of them is sharp..or even close.. There all blurry!! I look at my camera settings and notice that I never reset the auto focus to center mode. I had the auto focus set to the bottom of the image from a previous picture. Ahh BUMMER deal. Live and Learn!! >:( .Now I know why I should manually focus shots I really want. *Here is what could have been some great pictures....






06-20-2009, 12:03 AM
You may be kicking yourself, but those are still some great shots. That must have been freaky, not knowing where momma was at :o

06-20-2009, 12:51 AM
OH MAN! *An AWESOME shot ... but ... 98 mixtures of ampersands and other telling symbols. *

Geeze, I can relate. *My most recent "learning" experience was the opposite of yours. *I lucked out and got a few manually focused shots of the kitten through the branches, but then when the guy in the boat was landing a trout and I quickly used the red dot sight trying to catch the action I found I hadn't set back to autofocus and you see the results below.



Lightning storms, rattle snake infested killer steep canyons, and now mamma bears! *Won't be long and National Geographic will have you on a shooting safari in Africa! *Keep up the trekking and bringing back your stories and photos. *The cub is still an AWESOME shot even if it's a little fuzzy! And, your story makes it even better!

06-20-2009, 04:44 AM
I feel your pain.

About 15 years ago, when bowhunting, I thought I captured video of a lifetime. Had a huge bear within 50 feet and had the camera off when I thought it was on and on when I thought it was off. Short shot of bear and a lot of video of the grass and my feet as I was walking......

06-20-2009, 06:26 AM
Great story and and great shots Darin. Hunting photos is like hunting fish you have to remember allll this stuff.

Z :)

06-20-2009, 10:44 AM
hoghunter3 - Oh yeah. Video of feet. I got a lot of those too. Same thing ... pressed the button to shoot only I was turning it off instead of ON! Most memorable was something like a purple bikini on Maui ... not nearly as rare as being sniffing distance from a monster bear!

06-21-2009, 06:58 AM
One of the digital cameras I have resets to original settings each time I change batteries. I feel your pain, just wish my memory would reset as well so I would make the appropriate adjusments each time......Jetspray

06-24-2009, 10:14 PM
You got some guts Foresthill Fly Guy. I am no where near that brave. I spotted a mountain lion cub 100 yds from me and when I searched for mama she wasn't there to be seen. I high tailed it out of there so fast! I wasn't about to get any closer for pictures! :D :P