Bruno D'Amicis - Bear shadow

Bruno D'Amicis - Bear shadow

On a evening in May, after a long day of waiting and when hope was already lost, His majesty, the endangered Marsican brown bear, made his appearance in the mountain meadow. Unfortunately, the sun had already already set since a while and light was fading quickly; soon I could barely distinguish the outline of the bear. As there was no chance for a sharp picture, I started experimenting a little, which is something I rarely have the luxury to do with skittish Italian wildlife. The camera autofocus was useless; the viewfinder was almost completely dark and so I focused manually on a bright stone near the bear and blindly panned the lens as this moved. What came out are some noisy and blurred images, of course, which don't give justice to the animal itself but surely represent more faithfully my perception of that lucky encounter.

Location: Abruzzi, Italy

Posted on 20.05.2013
Photo info - 10.06.2012: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 500 mm, ISO 5000, f 4, 1/2 secDSLR; 500/4
Tags: abruzzi apennines brown bear bruno damicis endangered italy marsicanus mountains night ursus arctos wilderness winter wildlife photography
Bruno D'Amicis - Bear shadow

Bruno D'Amicis - Bear shadow

On a evening in May, after a long day of waiting and when hope was already lost, His majesty, the endangered Marsican brown bear, made his appearance in the mountain meadow. Unfortunately, the sun had already already set since a while and light was fading quickly; soon I could barely distinguish the outline of the bear. As there was no chance for a sharp picture, I started experimenting a little, which is something I rarely have the luxury to do with skittish Italian wildlife. The camera autofocus was useless; the viewfinder was almost completely dark and so I focused manually on a bright stone near the bear and blindly panned the lens as this moved. What came out are some noisy and blurred images, of course, which don't give justice to the animal itself but surely represent more faithfully my perception of that lucky encounter.

Location: Abruzzi, Italy

Posted on 20.05.2013
Photo info - 10.06.2012: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 500 mm, ISO 5000, f 4, 1/2 secDSLR; 500/4
Tags: abruzzi apennines brown bear bruno damicis endangered italy marsicanus mountains night ursus arctos wilderness winter wildlife photography