Unbearable Headache II

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Grizzly Bear Cub has a Headache?

Grizzly Bear Cub has a Headache?

I have to give Ron credit for the blog post title because I couldn’t think of anything else that fit! So here is his version of Un-bear-able Headache. This was taken on the morning of our 3rd day at Silver Salmon Creek. This day was really the only day of my Alaska trip that I thought the weather was miserable. It was raining all day so I had to use a homemade rain jacket for my camera and lens. The rain jacket consisted of a white GLAD trash bag with a hole cut out of the bottom for my telephoto lens with duct tape securely wrapping it around the lens. The camera was covered by the trash bag when I wasn’t using it and when I did have to use it, I merely lifted the opening to see through the viewfinder. Shooting photos this way wasn’t inconvenient but it messed up the sound on the video clips I took of the bears nursing because all you can hear is the bag flying in the wind. Also, I couldn’t use any other lenses on this day because the bag I cutout only fit the telephoto.

Back to the photo: it is interesting to see my photo and Ron’s photo of the same moment. We used different cameras and lenses so the perspective is a bit different obviously. Most noticeably, there seems to be a difference in color balance. There are many factors that could have influenced this including differences in camera sensors (1DS MKIII v. 7D). This could also be since I use Lightroom 2 to process my RAW files and I think Ron uses Photoshop CS4 for his. I also know that every camera’s version of RAW files default to a slightly different white balance setting so maybe that is another reason. I’m not sure how other photographers choose their settings but I shoot all of my photos on daylight balance setting in-camera and rarely change it during my photo processing.

As a counterpoint to my post on Wildlife Photography Ethics, the cool thing about digital is that no two people process their photos exactly the same way. Even then, we don’t even process each of our own photos the same way. You can’t. What works for one photo won’t work for the next. This is different from the film days when experienced photographers can spot whether you used Fuji Velvia or Kodachrome. If we were using film on this trip, our photos would probably look like they were from the same photographer. Instead we have two different versions of Unbearable Headache.

See more of my grizzly bear pictures.


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11 thoughts

  1. Nice shots you guys got on this. This is one of those shots I can definitely see on postcards and other stuff.

    Good observation about the WB and RAW. It bothers me a bit if I process 3 animal shots taken within seconds of each other, and each looks just a bit different. The average viewer won’t notice, but the trained eye can see that one version may be the slightest bit darker/lighter. I think WB is definitely a big culprit. I don’t recall having this option in my film days. But the slightest change to this can really alter the photo. Camera Raw in CS4 has an option to choose between Adobe or your individual camera settings. Sometimes this can make a difference as well. I have both CS4 and LR2, but have never used LR. Photoshop is difficult enough to master without my trying to learn another one!

  2. Thanks guys. Hopefully I can get a Tylenol ad out of this. 🙂

    Scott – I have CS4 as well but use LR2 to edit my shoots and process my RAW files. I then open up the TIFF’s from those RAW files in CS4 and make fine-tunings with levels / curves then add in my keyword meta data for stock.

    CS4 has the same or a similar RAW converter but I like the editing and sorting capabilities of LR2 better than Bridge.

  3. Thanks guys.

    Derrick – my thoughts on the 7D is that it has great autofocus and very fast. The negative is that the amount of noise it picks up in the shadows is disappointing. I can’t say that I am surprised by that though considering it is 18mp crammed into the tiny sensor.

  4. Ha Steve’s Bayer joke works better then Tylenol. Besides the big T is having quality issues. WB is yet another tool to ifluence mood the way you want it to which is always subjective. This is a 10 in cute factor.

  5. Hi Richard,

    Cool! It is interesting how similar and different our images our. I’m not surprised we both captured this cool behavior as the cub held the pose for a few moments.

    To note some of the differences – I always shoot with auto white balance, and processed this with CS5 with adjustments via an expanded mid-tone luminosity mask and a saturation mask.

  6. Funny comments guys. Thanks!

    That is interesting to know, Ron. You are still using the TK luminosity masks? I’ll have to check those out as you can some really great detail in your photo.

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