Taking the Shot
Normally, this would have been a pretty straightforward photo to take. Bear resting on one side of a small lake....I set the camera up on a beanbag on the other side of the lake and lay there on my stomach taking the shots. Because it is really important for the vast majority of wildlife shots to take them from below the animals eye level, it meant that I had to be on the frozen lake surface. And of course, Dennis would be standing nearby, with his shotgun, making sure I was safe.
It was taken while we were filming "Polar Bear Town" (for Smithsonian Channel). That means that when I looked away from the camera viewfinder and to my right, there was a great big video camera lens looking straight at me. And when I twisted around and looked behind me, there was another video camera operator, at least three bear guards, a field producer, a couple of drivers, two show runners and four 4x4 trucks. There was a small village standing around behind me....it was just weird.
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