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.