Once again Willard and I found ourselves in Shenandoah National Park at daylight Friday morning. While whitetails are our primary focus other wildlife photo opportunities do occur. After the deer had moved into the deep woods for the day we encountered this bear ambling along the road.
Alighting from the vehicle with the Canon 30D with a 100-400mm attached my only option was to shoot handheld. The light level was quite low so I cranked the ISO to 1000 (as high as this camera can go before digital noise becomes objectionable). Holding as steady as possible with image stabilization on I rapid fired hoping to obtain a sharp image as the shutter speed was only 1/100 sec. The encounter was brief but it gave me my very best bear photo to date.
As summer winds down the bucks are beginning to exhibit the early signs of the coming rut. This young buck gave me my first lip-curl shot of the season.