Black Bear Stare Down

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Tech Info:

  • Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
  • Focal Length: 700mm
  • Shutter: 1/160 sec
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: F/5.6

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This Photo's ID: 320

Awards / Publications:

  • Cover of Sept / Oct 2013 issue of Bear Hunting Magazine
  • Honorable Mention Open Fauna 2011 National Center For Nature Photography Annual Photo Contest (against 556 total entries). My Black Bear Cub and Mule Deer Buck In A Stream placed 1st and 3rd respectively.
Field Notes Print Info

It was “Bear Week” in Yellowstone fall of 2007! Seems like everywhere I went, I ended up takin’ snaps of bears. This guy was by far my favorite though.

He was walking below the ridge line and we had about given up when he headed back uphill. One peek around the brush and POP! Got him! He only looked our way for a precious few seconds, but it was enough.

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10 Responses to Black Bear Stare Down

  1. robert king says:

    Supreme. Spectacular. Beautiful.

    I killed a black bear once and I will always regret it. I am a wildlife biologist and I should say that I consider this animal to be a very passive creature……and simply not of the same nature as the other bears. I am not suggesting that the others have aggressive temperaments…….but certainly more apt to confront when being confronted……than the black.

    This one’s face is so beautiful. But maybe I use that word because my regret for taking one’s life. And boy don’t they love life.

    The fidelity of the image is supreme. And as you say……it was a precious few seconds. You did a good job of catching this one because a few seconds is all you get when you see one of these animals……if that! Once they see you see them…….they are gone like a ghost.

    When I first laid eyes on this image I was sure you captured it in a very large “compound” or a “controlled” nature preserve. I was wrong though. National Parks are great aren’t they…..for conditioning the wildlife to seeing humans. I have not been to Yellowstone. And after seeing this gorgeous image of this living, vibrant black bear……..I want to go there for a wildlife photography trip.

    Thanks Steve

    Robert King

    Enough said.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Robert!

      If you haven’t been to Yellowstone, you gotta go! While it is pretty far from a controlled environment for photography, the animals are still pretty easy to get along with. We saw this guy several times over the period of a week, and he wasn’t a runner. We’d spend hours just waiting for a shot (it was fall, so you know, head down, nothing but food on the brain).

      It took us a LONG time before I was finally in the right place at the right time for this photo. I think it was about the only time he looked up that whole week, LOL

      In fact, I liked him so much I made him the Backcountry Gallery logo :)

  2. MarkJ says:

    This appears to be the photo you used to create your Backcountry logo.

  3. Carol Ray says:

    Well I saw this a little lae, it is now 11/21/14 – LOL ! buut i love all pgotos form anywhere. This bear shot is great ! My native name is Mata Inah whihc means Mama Bear.
    Keep up the great work and photos !
    Carol Ray
    Fontana, California

  4. Macu says:

    Too bad this image was used on the cover of a bear hunting magazine, as I don’t believe there’s any good reason to hunt bears. Great image, though.

  5. David Faline says:

    Hey Steve, I used this as a reference photo to practice drawing black bears. Would you allow me to post it to my instagram, if I gave you credit for the photo? If not it’s ok I understand.

    • Steve says:

      Sure – thanks!!

    • David Faline says:

      No thank you!!!! I’ll try to leave a link to your website in the comments on instagram. C: If you would like to see the drawing go to Day_of_freedom on instagram. I’m also an amateur photographer, nowhere even close to your level so please be kind lol

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