I captured a lot of images of the bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. The majority of the photos I took were with a rented Canon 500mm f4L Mk II lens on my Canon 1-DX body. I duplicated many of the originals which I then cropped quite a bit in order to focus only on the faces of the bears (thank goodness for full-frame cameras). After a time, I began to notice unique differences in each face, their shape, their scars, expressions, and – to some extent – the color of their fur. Here are some of the portraits I took of the denizens of this park. FYI, I have also created a 2014 calendar with brown bear portraits in addition to other 2014 calendars. Here is the link to the site where I am selling the calendars, or click on any the calendar images to the left of this screen.
*Note: the park has stringent rules regarding human/bear interaction. If’ you read my article about Brooks Lodge written for the National Parks Traveler, you will have read some of the rules I listed and know that all of these photos captured were taken from the safety of the viewing platforms constructed for the viewing of the bears with the super-telephoto lens and then cropped.
Look at these portraits and you, too, will notice the characteristics that make each one of these bears as unique as you and I.