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author Greg (Greg Governale)
subjectWild life
title A Memorable Encounter
date1/8/2006 5:40:59 PM
detailsUntil you have had a chance to look through your viewfinder and see an animal that can literally kill you at any time if it wanted, it's probably difficult to understand how I felt as I was taking the shot. I don't consider myself an adrenaline junkie, or crazy. It had been raining all day, I was walking back to my camp, the grass was tall, and the BEAR suddenly appeared. It's amazing how quiet they can be...... I think the bear was a little surprised as well, the open mouth and the beads of water on its whiskers make it one of my favorite bear images. Nikon D1x, Nikon 80-200mm, 1/60, f 4, Tripod. Greg Governale Logicor tumescent arthroplastic figured phototype malonanilic.
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1 steve sharpe   (1/8/2006 5:53:38 PM)
The clarity and detail is superb Greg, the shots you achieve of animals in there natural enviroment are simply amazing. Somtimes when I read your details of the shot I can almost imagine that I was behind the viewfinder with you. In this case I would have run a mile in an olympic record time.
Very best regards Steve
2 Kazimierz Morski   (1/8/2006 6:02:29 PM)
Great!!!Ditto #1! Love the rain drops too...:)K.M.
3 DPS (David Stevenson)   (1/8/2006 6:09:02 PM)
As long as I could run faster than Steve I would be ok ;) Fantastic image.
4 Elisabeth   (1/8/2006 6:11:39 PM)
So we are glad that the bear didn't want to kill you!
Excellent shot!
5 steve sharpe   (1/8/2006 6:12:13 PM)
On this occasion i would trip you up david
Survival of the fittest :-))
6 Greg (Greg Governale)   (1/8/2006 6:22:30 PM)
There's an old saying with wildlife photography. There's no need to outrun the bear, only the slowest photographer! LOL On this day that wouldn't have worked very well. I only saw three bears, two deer and no other photographers around. I guess the rain kept the others in. Greg Governale
7 Jonathan Wise   (1/8/2006 6:27:40 PM)
Very impressive shot~Love the expression and the visible rain drops add a extra element.
8 steve sharpe   (1/8/2006 6:29:32 PM)
So who would have won?
The bears,if they have just eaten hopfully they would'nt bother
The deer, No chance
Or David? who tripped over my foot, no I mean a branch :-))
only joking.
David is probebly fitter than both of us.

9 DPS (David Stevenson)   (1/8/2006 6:33:11 PM)
#5 steve sharpe: LOL Probably wouldn't have to, I'm not that fast (short legs...) :o) Determined though. :)
#6 Greg(Greg Governale): You will need to try to take a slow 'helper' in future (just in case) ;)
10 DPS (David Stevenson)   (1/8/2006 6:34:30 PM)
#8 steve sharpe: Not any more. Used to be.... Ah glory days. (Please no Springstein Lyrics: I've seen some of the Forums!)
11 steve sharpe   (1/8/2006 6:36:10 PM)
Hey David, its lot the lengh, but how you use them.
I think i heard that somwhere :-))))))
12 Greg (Greg Governale)   (1/8/2006 6:36:41 PM)
A slow helper?...... very interesting idea! Greg
13 DPS (David Stevenson)   (1/8/2006 6:40:59 PM)
#11 steve sharpe: ROFL Not as well as I used to... :))) A bit decrepit now, like the rest of me.
#12 Greg(Greg Governale): May even fit in a large Bergen!
14 steve sharpe   (1/8/2006 6:45:52 PM)
Greg I must appolagise for turning this fantastic shot into a bit of a forum.
Blame Mr Jack Daniels.

15 gdanger (George Dangerfield)   (1/8/2006 6:46:32 PM)
I can almost feel it's breath on my face Greg, incredible clarity!
16 Martynas   (1/8/2006 6:51:22 PM)
Simply perfect pic. Great work Greg! 9,9 AG
17 Greg (Greg Governale)   (1/8/2006 6:55:30 PM)
I appreciate your comment, don't worry about the AG. Your comment let me know that you like it! Have a great week.
18 Fernando Dias   (1/8/2006 7:01:55 PM)
Excellent work!
19 Claudia Robinson (looie's mom :-o)   (1/8/2006 7:08:15 PM)
i totally agree with George...can almost feel that hot breath. the rain is a bonus. gives me chills.
20 CBranch   (1/8/2006 7:17:31 PM)
Not only is the subject incredible, the photo is really, really good as well...perfect dof, color palette and composition (although I can't imagine you could have asked him to tilt his head even if you wanted him to...LOL)!!
21 Miguel Lasa   (1/8/2006 7:20:19 PM)
wondeful portrait Greg , really close
22 David Hopkins   (1/8/2006 8:31:03 PM)
Stunning image with almost a third dimension.
Was it rip of a few frames then back to camp for a stiff drink and a change of underwear??
23 joe bellantoni   (1/8/2006 8:33:44 PM)
cool shot with the water bouncing off it!
24 ChrisC (Christopher Cove)   (1/8/2006 9:05:45 PM)
Wow, amazing shot! That expression is just priceless. The rain outs in over the top for me. Again inspiring work!
25 aocole (Art Cole)   (1/8/2006 9:16:34 PM)
Love the look you captured and the falling rain On the note regarding running froma Black Bear, a Tennesse Professor who did extensive work with bears was leading a NWF Summit lecture that I attended, stated that the biggest mistake one can make when encountering this bear is to run......or try and climb a tree. Glad your encounter had such a positive and safe result!
26 Lorraine54 (Don't worry be Happy and comment more)   (1/8/2006 9:19:58 PM)
After reading the story it sure would be a memorable event, awesome photo, such clarity. Had fun reading the comments too,lol!!
27 Greg (Greg Governale)   (1/8/2006 9:33:59 PM)
#25 Art,
you are absolutely correct! The worst thing you could do around a bear is run. Running would actually trigger their natural instinct to chase. They can run between 30 and 35 mph. Far faster than any human. Black Bears also climb trees extremely well. Much better than grizzly bears. Attempting to take refuge in a tree to get away from a black bear is not usually suggested.
28 Byron Porter (wheatsurfing in Kansas)   (1/8/2006 10:40:39 PM)
Exceptional image!
29 Igor L. (Igor Laptev)   (1/9/2006 12:18:33 AM)
Amazing capture!
30 Zenonas   (1/9/2006 12:20:43 AM)
Unique shot!
31 Rudi Van Gestel   (1/9/2006 2:38:18 AM)
This IS certainly your best bear-shot! Agree!
32 ChristopherG   (1/9/2006 2:59:02 AM)
Greg, once again you turn out a magnificent shot. Excellent detail, in the fur, the drops on the whiskers and the testure on the nose. He looks surprised as well. How far from him were you?
33 herman blockx   (1/9/2006 3:28:27 AM)
yep! a very cool shot!this looks damn close! great pose and expression; tech's are really good and the rain even adds to the intensity of the shot!
34 erlandpil   (1/9/2006 4:29:14 AM)
Great portrait
35 Wim Lassche   (1/9/2006 4:45:15 AM)
Amazing shot, Greg!
36 André Viegas   (1/9/2006 4:52:06 AM)
"outrun the slowest photographer!" LOL LOL
Amazing image!
37 Andy Cooper ( What I SHOULD have done was.....)   (1/9/2006 5:34:07 AM)
Just absolutely bl**dy marvelous.
38 Pawe³ Spycha³a   (1/9/2006 5:41:20 AM)

39 Sergio Pessolano   (1/9/2006 6:41:37 AM)
One of your best. All is perfect.
40 Reidar   (1/9/2006 7:39:44 AM)
Yes...the best bear shot so far!!!
41 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (1/9/2006 8:07:17 AM)
it's a great close up of the bear, but for me I'd like more of it's surroundings that show me where it lives, eats, plays. I can see a bear anytime in a book so for me to vote high I'd like an artistic view or something a little different than just a portrait. I would tone down the green a little I think.
42 Amuletum ( )   (1/9/2006 9:28:34 AM)
The rain drops on the whiskers looks almost like crumbs to me. Wonderful detail and lush surroundings.
43 Laurel Austin   (1/9/2006 9:38:27 AM)
maybe you should carry tranquilizers, just in case! Seriously, an awesome image, lets just keep the sacrafice in obtaining it to a minimum!
44 Cheryl Surry   (1/9/2006 10:20:47 AM)
Jonathon said it all before me, the raindrops make this extra special
45 Ollie Kelly   (1/9/2006 11:06:13 AM)
Excellent image.
46 Yuri Bonder   (1/9/2006 1:23:34 PM)
Excellent shot!
47 Keith Frost   (1/9/2006 3:22:12 PM)
Greg, a stunning capture of a stunning moment by an amazing photographer - very well done - Keith
48 Kenn Reay   (1/9/2006 5:09:52 PM)
Absolutely stunning. The raindrops and droplets hanging on the fur add to the atmosphere. What an expression. The fact that you had the time to use a tripod just amazes me. Kenn
49 Ralfs World () ()   (1/9/2006 5:34:13 PM)
Excellent shot, Greg!

50 April (Cindy Metzger)   (1/9/2006 7:46:36 PM)
I have no idea how you kept your hands steady.
51 Greg (Greg Governale)   (1/9/2006 7:55:34 PM)
I walk with my tripod fully extended. My camera and lens are always mounted. It only tates a few seconds to spread the legs, sometimes I don`t even do that. I sometimes use the tripod as a monopod if I really try to be fast. The bear was about 8-12 feet away. Greg Governale
52 April (Cindy Metzger)   (1/10/2006 5:08:28 AM)
No doubt you were quick Greg! I meant being so excited and that close to a bear, my hands would still be shaking from adrenaline :)
53 MJFerron   (1/10/2006 9:42:27 PM)
It's a beauty Greg. Doesn't get any sharper than this.
54 Ivan (Ivan Miksik)   (1/13/2006 5:37:12 PM)
Excellent portrait!
55 Jouko   (1/14/2006 9:02:57 AM)
56 Edite   (1/22/2006 2:55:34 PM)
Impressive photo! I'm stunned!
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